US Attorney Scott Blader Says Mission of Justice Department Continues During Current Crisis
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today that the critical mission of the Justice Department is continuing during the COVID-19 crisis.
“My office remains committed to ensuring the safety and security of the people of Western Wisconsin during these challenging times,” said U.S. Attorney Blader. “At the national level and within each federal district, Justice Department representatives are maintaining our ongoing cooperation and coordination with our local and state law enforcement partners to safeguard our justice system and thus the safety and security of our nation.”
To protect public safety, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to charge and prosecute criminal cases, including national security matters, violent offenders, and all criminal conduct related to the current pandemic. There have been reports of individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online and engaging in other forms of fraud, reports of phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and reports of malware being inserted into mobile apps designed to track the spread of the virus. Any such criminal conduct occurring in the Western District of Wisconsin will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Madison is working closely with the Chief Judge of the Western District of Wisconsin to ensure that every appropriate precaution is being taken to ensure the health of those who are called before the court.
“Our free society allows an open exchange of thoughts, ideas and beliefs. However, it is critical that citizens use caution when attempting to find accurate and current information on the pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Blader. “I urge Wisconsin residents to rely on organizations such as the CDC (www.cdc.gov), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (www.dhs.wisconsin.gov), your county health department, or your doctor’s office.”