Lesko sworn in as Acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York
Mark J. Lesko has now become the new United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, succeeding Seth DuCharme.
Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko was sworn in Monday by U.S. Judge for the Eastern District of New York Margo K. Brodie. He has served as the first assistant United States attorney since March 2019. In that role, he was second-in-command of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a key decision-maker in both criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the office.
“It is an absolute honor and privilege to serve as the acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Lesko. “After having spent many years on the line prosecuting federal crimes, as well as significant time overseeing prosecutions and civil cases in a wide range of supervisory positions, I look forward to leading the office and working with our law enforcement and agency partners to protect and serve the Eastern District’s more than 8 million residents.
“I’m also particularly proud that I get to continue to work with the outstanding and dedicated women and men in the office as they continue their tireless efforts to prosecute criminal cases and defend the interests of the United States, all in the unwavering pursuit of the fair administration of equal justice under the law,” he said.
In October 2018, Lesko returned to the office and assumed the position of special counsel to the U.S. attorney before he was appointed to the position of first assistant U.S. attorney two years ago. He was a member of the prosecution team that won the trial conviction of Nxivm sex-cult founder Keith Raniere on all counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering and racketeering conspiracy; sex trafficking, attempted sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy; forced labor conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.