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Monday, November 25, 2013

Civil Division Chief Retires From U.S. Attorney’s Office After 31 Years Of Public Service With The Department Of Justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Assistant United States Attorney Michael P. Iannotti, Civil Division Chief at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island, has announced his retirement after 31 years of public service with the Department of Justice. Mr. Iannotti, a Rhode Island native and Dean’s List graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 1979 and the New England School of Law in 1983, began his career in 1982 as a summer law assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office while still attending law school. Mr. Iannotti was named an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1984 and Civil Division Chief in 2009.

 Recognized by the Department of Justice as one of its foremost experts in the field of asset forfeiture, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti was a key figure in the forfeiture by Google, Inc. of $500 million for illicitly accepting ads from rogue foreign pharmacies. $230 million of the forfeited funds were distributed to state and local law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island that participated in the investigation.

Other notable cases in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti played a key role in the forfeiture of millions of dollars of assets were the Stephen Saccoccia money laundering case and the case against Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer, GeneScience.

In the Saccoccia case, $6 million in assets as well as 83 bars of gold buried in the rear yard of a Cranston, R.I., home were seized from Saccoccia, a former coin dealer convicted of laundering drug trafficking proceeds for the Columbian drug cartels, and forfeited to the Government.  In the GeneScience matter, a precedent setting case, $2.7 million was forfeited to the Government by GeneScience, for trafficking Human Growth Hormone in the United States.

In recognition of his expertise in the field of asset forfeiture, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti was detailed to the Department of Justice in Washington in May 2007 where he served for more than two years as the Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Coordinator at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In addition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti taught asset forfeiture law and procedures to various members of the law enforcement community.

In addition to his lengthy list of accomplishments as a civil attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti successfully prosecuted numerous criminal cases in the U.S. District Court.

“Mike Iannotti has served the people of Rhode Island with distinction for more than 30 years,” U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha said. “Though he had many areas of expertise, he was truly one of the Department’s foremost experts in asset forfeiture, and was responsible for the return of millions of dollars to law enforcement agencies across the state. He has been a source of great strength to me during my tenure as United States Attorney, and his commitment to the work of this Office, and his talent and experience, will be sorely missed.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Rhode Island and the Department of Justice,” said Michael P. Iannotti. “I leave the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a feeling of accomplishment in public service, which would not have been possible had it not been, in part, for the many outstanding public servants I served alongside of for the past thirty years.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Iannotti’s last day with the United States Attorney’s Office will be November 29, 2013.

Contact: 401-709-5357

Updated June 22, 2015