U.S. Attorney Peace to chair panel on white collar fraud

Subcommittee includes U.S. attorneys from many states

July 11, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Breon Peace, United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has been selected as the chairperson of the White Collar Fraud subcommittee for the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). 

As the leader of the subcommittee, Peace, who grew up in Crown Heights and went to Clara Barton High School, will play a key role in making recommendations to the AGAC to facilitate the prevention, investigation and prosecution of various financially motivated, non-violent crimes including mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, securities and commodities fraud, and identity theft. The main offices of the Eastern District are in Downtown Brooklyn.

“I am honored that Attorney General [Merrick] Garland and my colleagues on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee have chosen me to lead the White Collar Fraud subcommittee,” said Peace. 

“The attorney general has made clear that the vigorous and fair enforcement of corporate criminal policies is a department priority. The subcommittee, which includes many of my outstanding U.S. attorney colleagues from around the country, will thoughtfully advise on issues of significance in this area in furtherance of the department’s mission to protect investors, consumers, employees, corporations and the integrity of financial markets from sophisticated wrongdoers. I look forward to serving in this important role,” he added.

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Peace, after getting his JD from New York University School of Law, served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson, EDNY from 1997 to 1998. He became an associate at the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in 1997, worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District in 2000-02, then returned to Cleary Gottlieb, becoming a partner in 2007.

He was recommended for the post of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer in 2021, and was appointed later that year by President Joe Biden. After his official swearing-in, he held a ceremonial swearing-in at Clara Barton High School. 

The AGAC was established nearly 50 years ago to give United States attorneys a voice in department policies and to advise the Attorney General of the United States.

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