Jacquelyn M. Kasulis began serving as the United States Acting Prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York under the Vacancy Reform Act. Ms. Kasulis was sworn in today by Chief Justice Margo K. Brodie, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Kasulis has also been appointed First Assistant to the United States Attorney under the Vacancy Reform Act and will continue to hold that position as well. Ms. Kasulis has served as the United States’ Deputy Chief Prosecutor since March 2021. In this capacity, she has served as the Deputy Commander of the United States Attorney’s Office and responsible for overseeing the criminal, civil, administrative and administrative divisions. ‘call and daily management. – the day-to-day operations of the Office, including the Office’s response to COVID-19. Ms Kasulis succeeds Mark J. Lesko who will soon be appointed Acting Deputy Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.
“I am honored to serve as the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. After serving as the Assistant United States Attorney for over a decade and overseeing the work of the Criminal and Civil Divisions, I look forward to leading and supporting the men and women of the office as they work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners and agencies to keep our community safe and champion the cause of justice, ”Acting US Attorney Kasulis said. “I am especially grateful to the members of the Bureau for their unwavering commitment to the people of this district and the country during the pandemic, and I look forward to helping the Bureau emerge from the unprecedented challenges of the past year.”
Ms. Kasulis joined the United States Attorney’s Office in January 2008 and worked in the General Crime, Organized Crime, and Commercial and Financial Fraud sections. From September 2014 to November 2015, Ms. Kasulis served as Deputy Chief of General Crimes for the Office. She then held the position of Deputy Head of the Corporate and Securities Fraud Section from November 2015 to March 2017 and was appointed Head of the Corporate and Securities Fraud Section in March 2017.
Ms. Kasulis began serving as Acting Head of the Criminal Division in March 2019 and was appointed Head of the Criminal Division in June 2019. She established and oversaw the Office’s Banking Integrity Working Group. She was also chosen to be a member of the Justice Department’s Criminal Chiefs Working Group.
Ms Kasulis led the Bureau’s investigation and prosecution against three people, including two former Goldman Sachs bankers and a wealthy Malaysian financier, for their involvement in a multibillion dollar money laundering and corruption conspiracy linked to 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (lMDB), the Malaysian investment development fund company. In October 2020, Goldman Sachs entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement and one of Goldman Sachs’ Malaysian subsidiaries pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the anti-corruption provisions of the Law on Corruption. corrupt practices abroad. As part of the resolution, Goldman Sachs admitted to paying more than $ 1.6 billion in bribes to senior Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials to secure lucrative trade deals, including signing three business deals. ‘bonds between 2012 and 2014 for a total amount of $ 6.5 billion, of which $ 2.7 billion was embezzled. Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $ 2.9 billion in penalties – including $ 1.2 billion going to the US Treasury – as part of a global resolution with eight different foreign and domestic authorities. Goldman Sachs resolution represents biggest sanction ever paid to US authorities in foreign bribery case; the most civil and criminal authorities to ever coordinate on any corporate resolution; and the highest number of bribes in a foreign bribery program pursued by the United States.
Ms. Kasulis was the United States’ principal deputy prosecutor in United States v. Martin shkreli, a high-profile six-week trial in the summer of 2017. Shkreli was indicted in four interrelated fraud schemes that resulted in over $ 20 million in losses for investors, including two hedge fund fraud schemes that he founded and directed and two other frauds. linked to a pharmaceutical company founded by Shkreli. Shkreli was found guilty of three of the four fraud schemes and sentenced to seven years in prison.
In addition, Ms. Kasulis led the investigation and prosecution in United States v. Bandfield, et al., in which 10 defendants and six companies were charged with orchestrating massive offshore securities fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. As part of this scheme, the defendants laundered approximately $ 250 million in securities fraud proceeds and were involved in approximately 40 “pump and dump” schemes. The case represents the first criminal prosecution under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
In United States v. Mitchell, et al., Ms Kasulis was involved in the investigation and prosecution of the executive chairman of Forcefield Energy, a NASDAQ listed company, and nine others – including five registered brokers – for their role in a $ 131 million market manipulation scheme. dollars involving a network of corrupt investors, stock promoters and brokers. In United States v. Peister, Ms. Kasulis led the prosecution and conviction of an investment fund manager who defrauded about 75 investors by staging a $ 17 million Ponzi scheme on Long Island.
During her time at the Organized Crime Section, Ms. Kasulis led the prosecution of more than 15 members and associates of Genoese criminal families in United States v. Depiro, et al., including the conviction of three consecutive union presidents of the International Association of Longshoremen for their involvement in a 30-year extortion program in which longshoremen were extorted at Christmas every year under the leadership of the Genoese crime family. Ms. Kasulis also led the testing team in United States v. Burke, in which the accused, an associate of the Gambino family, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, with underlying acts, including two murders, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ms. Kasulis graduated from Columbia Law School in 2003 and received her BA in History from Davidson College. After graduation, Jackie worked as a litigation lawyer for four years at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York.