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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Criminal Division Appointment Of Chief Of Appeals

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the appointment of Michael A. Levy as Chief of the Appeals Unit. Mr. Levy will replace Katherine P. Failla, who was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Levy joined the Office in October 2002. Prior to being named Chief of the Appeals Unit, he was a member of the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Mr. Levy was also Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit from 2009 to 2010, and served in the Public Corruption, Major Crimes, Narcotics, and General Crimes Units. During his time in the Office, Mr. Levy successfully prosecuted Joseph Collins for his participation in the $2.4 billion Refco fraud, Efrain Gonzalez, Jr., a former New York State senator from the Bronx, for fraudulently using two not-for-profit organizations to pay his personal expenses, and all three defendants in U.S. v. Jorge Cedeno, et al. for their roles as armed gunmen in a truck hijacking ring that operated in the tri-state area.

After law school, Mr. Levy clerked for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and worked as an associate at Sidley Austin LLP. Mr. Levy is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

In making this appointment, Mr. Bharara stated: “Michael Levy has established a track record of excellence more than a decade-long during his tenure in this Office. I have no doubt he will continue his exceptional work as Chief of the Appeals Unit and I thank him for his service.”

Updated May 13, 2015

Press Release Number: 13-082