The Fort Lauderdale branch office of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida is staffed by approximately 55 employees, including 31 criminal and civil AUSAs, supported by administrative and support personnel.
The Criminal Division of the Fort Lauderdale branch consists of three Sections: Economic Crimes, Narcotics/Special Prosecutions, and Organized Crime/Gangs. The Economic Crimes Section has been a leader in the prosecution of white collar fraud matters, including mortgage fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, tax fraud, cybercrime, mail and wire fraud, public corruption, and health care fraud. The Organized Crime Section focuses on disrupting criminal RICO enterprises, domestic gangs, and complex fraud schemes. The Narcotics/Special Prosecutions Section aggressively pursues cases against drug traffickers intercepted on the high seas, drug trafficking organizations operating in Broward County, violent criminals, sex traffickers, and producers and distributors of child pornography.
There are two asset forfeiture attorneys assigned to the Fort Lauderdale office. The asset forfeiture prosecutors assist the criminal prosecutors in criminal forfeiture cases and pursue separate civil forfeitures when appropriate. Their efforts result in the return of millions of dollars annually to the United States Treasury.
The Fort Lauderdale office also includes three appellate attorneys. In addition to briefing and arguing appeals in cases which arise throughout the Southern District, these attorneys often act as consultants on legal issues arising in investigations and trials being conducted by the office.
The Fort Lauderdale Civil Division maintains a contingent of three general civil prosecutors, including its Deputy Chief in the Fort Lauderdale office. These attorneys represent the United States of America in affirmative and defensive civil litigation.