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Press Release

Deputy Attorney General Recognizes District Employees

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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman announced three employees of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Ohio were recognized today by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 34th Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

They were three of 162 members of the Department of Justice nationally recognized, and the Southern District of Ohio was one of 35 districts represented at the ceremony.

Brent G. Tabacchi received the Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney recognition. Tabacchi has been in the District’s Dayton office for more than 13 years and prosecuted the largest Ponzi scheme in Dayton’s history, U.S. v. Apostelos. He has also prosecuted other significant white-collar cases, numerous narcotics and child exploitation cases.

“Brent has handled – and continues to handle – an extremely diverse and difficult case load that includes some of the most significant prosecutions ever in Dayton, and he does so while consistently maintaining the highest standards of prosecutorial excellence,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said.

Craig A. Black was recognized for his Superior Performance in a Litigative Support Role. Black serves as the head paralegal in the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) and has served the district for more than 15 years.

“Craig is a national leader in innovating our financial litigation program in the Southern District of Ohio, as well as those of many other U.S. Attorney’s offices throughout the country,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Craig’s tireless dedication to the mission of FLU has established him as a behind-the-scenes champion for victims of crime.”

Black has helped revolutionize how the District collects criminal civil monetary judgments. He has been instrumental in developing the District’s Criminal Judgment Enforcement Team, leading not only to record-setting collection efforts in the Southern District of Ohio, but improvements in FLU nationwide.

Jennifer Rausch was awarded recognition for her Superior Performance as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Rausch is Director of the Special Victims Unit at Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s Office and has been cross-designated as a federal prosecutor for nearly four years.

“We are very lucky in Franklin County to have Jennifer Rausch as the Director of our Special Victims Unit and her work as a SAUSA illustrates the great teamwork we have with the Department of Justice in the Southern District of Ohio,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

Rausch has aided in the conviction of nearly two-dozen criminal defendants on human trafficking, child enticement and child pornography offenses.

“Jen has helped build numerous major investigations into successful prosecutions, convictions, and trial victories, all the while tending the often-fragile victims and shattered families of these types of cases with exceptional sensitivity and care,” U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “Her years of courtroom experience have been invaluable in significant suppression hearings, a high-stakes federal jury trial resulting in convictions on all counts, and numerous contentious federal sentencings.”

“The outstanding achievements of these three individuals warrant their national recognition today,” Glassman added. “They are exemplary of the groundbreaking work that the men and women of the Southern District of Ohio are performing every day on behalf of the United States.”

In addressing the award recipients and guests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “Today’s honorees earned the esteem of their colleagues.  But most importantly, they earned the gratitude of our fellow citizens — the people whose communities you made safer, whose lives you improved, and whose trust you rewarded. Today, we pause to honor and recognize a small portion of your work.”

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit

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Updated June 15, 2018