The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecutes federal offenses and defends the U.S. Government's interests in civil actions. It is divided into two litigating divisions - criminal and civil and a non-lawyer administrative division. The office is made up of approximately 20 lawyers and 24 support staff.
We receive criminal referrals from federal investigative agencies, state and local investigative agencies, and, occasionally, from citizens. After vigilant consideration of each criminal matter, the U.S. Attorney decides the appropriateness of bringing criminal charges and, when deemed appropriate, initiates prosecution. At any given time, any one of our AUSAs has a caseload that includes violent crime, complex financial institution fraud, health care fraud, financial crimes, computer fraud, environmental crime, public corruption, organized crime, complex drug and money laundering activities, and cases involving multiple defendants and international organizations.
Our work in the civil division entails the initiation of civil actions, or affirmative litigation, to assert and protect the interests of the United States. We also defend the interests of the government in lawsuits filed against the United States. Finally, our office handles other civil cases, such as when the United States is a third party plaintiff or defendant, a creditor, or an intervener.