The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday took steps to bolster the ranks of its Criminal Division and Fraud Section under the leadership of a Deputy Attorney General selected by President Biden, encouraging several career prosecutors to take office. key positions overseeing the agency’s investigations into complex white-collar crimes.
Lisa Miller will serve as the acting deputy attorney general for the criminal division, overseeing the fraud and appeals sections, a Justice Department spokesperson said. Ms Miller replaces Daniel Kahn, who left the department on Wednesday to join the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.
The Justice Department has also appointed two deputy heads to its fraud section, according to an internal Justice Department announcement seen by the Wall Street Journal. The Section, one of the largest teams of white-collar criminal prosecutors in the United States, investigates commercial crimes ranging from foreign bribery to healthcare and securities fraud and market manipulation. .
Brent Wible and Lorinda Laryea will serve as Acting Senior Deputy Co-Chiefs, according to the announcement from Acting Fraud Section Chief Joseph Beemsterboer.
Mr Wible previously held a similar position, while Ms Laryea was the deputy principal deputy of the section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.
The appointments follow the Senate confirmation in July of Kenneth Polite Jr., who was appointed by the Biden administration to the post of deputy attorney general in the criminal division of the Department of Justice.
Senior positions within the Criminal Division are highly sought after within the legal community. Mr Polite’s decision to elevate a career prosecutor to the post of deputy attorney general could signal a desire to prioritize the continuity of the day-to-day operations of the ministry rather than any major changes to its application program.
The appointments reflect a commitment by Polite and other political appointees to the fraud section’s mission and the work of its career prosecutors, Kahn said when reached by phone on Friday.
“These changes within the fraud section and above give the section one of the strongest management teams in its history,” he said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has sought to underscore the Justice Department’s independence from politics, following allegations of interference that surrounded his predecessor’s tenure.
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