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The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of North Carolina is involved in a number of programs and projects in our community. Some of our major efforts are listed below.

COVID-19 Fraud

The U.S. Attorney's Office will investigate and prosecute all wrongdoers looking to profit from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. We have appointed a Corronavirus Fraud Coordinator tasked with tracking emerging schemes and overseeing all the prosecutions related to COVID-19 fraud. 


Working with federal, state, local, and tribal partners, the District of North Carolina Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) fosters awareness, education, and training programs as part of the nation's overall terrorism prevention strategy

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent and deter gang and gun violence. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina (USAO-WDNC), PSN has engaged in strategic planning with federal, state and local law enforcement; strengthened partnerships among law enforcement agencies to improve gang and gun violence investigations and prosecutions; engaged in public outreach; provided training to state and local law enforcement; and sought community involvement in the fight against gang and gun violence.

Elder Justice Initiative

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina is committed to combating neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation of seniors.  As part of this initiative, the office is actively engaged in efforts to: 

  • Investigate and prosecute financial scams targeting or disproportionately impacting seniors.
  • Provide training and resources to law enforcement to identify and respond to elder abuse.
  • Hold hands-on training seminars for elder Americans and caretakers on how to identify and respond to elderly exploitation and financial scams.
  • Pursue nursing homes an dother facilities that provide grossly substandard care to seniors.
  • Promote greater coordination with state and local partners to combat elder financial exploitation and abuse.

For more information about the Department of Justice’s elder justice initiative, please visit There, you will also find Prosecutor Training Resources, the Multidisciplinary Teams Toolkit, and Outreach resources.

Project Safe Childhood

Project Safe Childhood (PSC) is a Department of Justice initiative launched in 2006 that aims to combat the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children. The threat of sexual predators soliciting children for physical sexual contact is well-known and serious; the danger of perpetrators who produce, distribute, and possess child pornography is equally dramatic and disturbing.


The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team (USA HEAT) is to reduce the growing harm to North Carolina families and communities caused by heroin/opiate abuse by increasing community understanding of this epidemic. USA HEAT is a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and families who have lost a loved one to opiate overdose. These courageous moms, dads, brothers, sisters and children share their story in order to help others avoid the grief of losing a family member to a drug overdose.

The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)

specializes in the investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking and money laundering organizations and related criminal enterprises. The primary objective of the OCDETF program is to target, investigate and prosecute individuals who organize, direct, finance or otherwise engage in illegal drug trafficking enterprises, including large-scale money laundering organizations.

Indian Country

The Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the largest federally recognized Indian tribe east of the Mississippi River, is located within the Western District of North Carolina. The primary section of the Qualla Boundary spans Swain and Jackson Counties, with smaller out-parcels found in Cherokee, Graham, and Haywood Counties. At its center is the town of Cherokee, which is approximately one hour west of the City of Asheville.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina derives its criminal jurisdiction over cases originating from the Qualla Boundary from Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1152 and 1153.

Human Trafficking

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Human Trafficking Task Force is a coalition of services providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors, working to fight human trafficking.The goal of the task force is justice and healing for victims through the support of collaborative services and education in the community. 

Health Care Fraud

The prosecution and prevention of health care fraud is an important priority of the district, focusing upon fraud matters involving false billings, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and other schemes that victimize patients, health care providers, private insurers and government insurers, such as Medicare and Medicare


The Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee sponsors and co-sponsors training seminars for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies addressing a variety of subjects. 


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Updated March 24, 2020

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