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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 29, 2016

Attorney General appoints Carol Casto as United States Attorney

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has appointed Carol A. Casto as United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, effective today, July 29, 2016. Casto has served as Acting United States Attorney since January 1, 2016.

Casto was appointed by the Attorney General on an interim basis and will serve as the United States Attorney either until a Presidential appointment occurs, or for a period of 120 days after appointment by the Attorney General, whichever takes place earlier. If the Attorney General’s appointment expires without a Presidential appointment, the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia may appoint a United States Attorney until the vacancy is filled.

Prior to taking office as Acting United States Attorney, Casto served as First Assistant United States Attorney from 2010 to 2015. From 1989 to 2010, Casto was an Assistant United States Attorney in the office’s criminal and civil divisions. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Casto served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Kanawha County from 1983 to 1989.

Casto is a West Virginia native and an honors graduate of West Virginia University and the West Virginia University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the state of West Virginia, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States

“I am honored by the trust and confidence of the Attorney General of the United States and the opportunity to continue serving the Southern District of West Virginia as its United States Attorney,” said Casto. “I am proud to continue to work with the dedicated attorneys and staff in my office and our law enforcement partners to maintain the safety of our communities by fighting drug crime and addiction, stopping corruption and fraud, and protecting our most vulnerable citizens. Together, we will continue the extraordinary work that the public deserves.”

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Updated July 29, 2016