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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Recognizes District Employee

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman announced an employee of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio was recognized today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the 66th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony.

Jessica H. Kim is the sole recipient of this year’s Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee.

Kim has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Columbus for less than four years. In that time, she’s served as lead counsel in three major trial victories: United States v Harrison et al. – a complex investment fraud case involving the founders of the sports beverage OXYwater, who defrauded its investors out of more than $9 million; United States v Foster – a fraud case stemming from the OXYwater case in which a manager was convicted of defrauding celebrity clients and committing tax charges; and United States v Hoyo – a case in which the defendant had defrauded two vulnerable individuals of nearly half a million dollars in stocks and retirement funds. At trial, Kim established Hoyo’s scheme with evidence so overwhelming that after a week of trial at the close of the government’s case, Hoyo offered to plead guilty.

Kim has also indicted the first two cyberstalking cases in the District and is also co-counsel in the District’s racketeering case prosecuting 23 alleged members and associates of the transnational criminal organization MS-13.

“Jessica possesses an outstanding legal mind and is brilliant in the courtroom,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “She is exceptionally hard working, seemingly tireless, and relentlessly dedicated to the pursuit of justice. Through her service as an Assistant United States Attorney, Jessica is making a tremendous contribution to the people of the Southern District of Ohio – and the country.”

Kim was one of 244 department employees recognized for their distinguished public service. This annual ceremony recognizes employees and other individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements, leadership, and service to the Department of Justice and the American people.

“Service in the Department of Justice is more than a normal job; it is a calling to the highest standards of professionalism,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “That is true for all of the 115,000 Department of Justice employees. But it is especially true for these award winners. And so I want to thank them and their families for their exemplary service to this Department and to the American people. They have made this Department proud.”

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Updated October 26, 2018