Attorney General Mukasey Recognizes Department Employees and Others for Their Service at Annual Awards Ceremony

WASHINGTON , Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey recognized 250 Department employees for their distinguished public service today at the 56th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony. Twenty-two other individuals...


The Attorney General's Award for Fraud Prevention recognizes exceptional dedication and effort to prevent, investigate and prosecute fraud, white-collar crimes and official corruption. Two awards were presented this year. One Attorney General's Award for Fraud Prevention was presented to the team responsible for investigating, and ultimately achieving a $499 million settlement with the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb. Recipients were, Andy J. Mao Senior Counsel for Health Care Fraud and Elder Justice, Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division of the Department of Justice; and from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts , Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan M. Poswistilo and Gregg D. Shapiro .

Another Attorney General's Award for Fraud Prevention was presented to Special Agent Laura Riley of the Office of the Inspector General Investigations Division, and from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York , Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Coyne and Robert M. Radick , for their contributions to the investigation and prosecution of rampant official corruption and civil rights violations at a federal prison.

The Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Public Safety recognizes outstanding achievement in the development and support of community partnerships designed to address public safety within a community. This year's recipients were FBI Forensic Dentists Peter F. Hampl , Gig Harbor, Wash. ; Barry E. Lipton , Largo, Fla. ; and Warren D. Tewes , Queenstown, Md. This team received the award for being active members of the National Dental Image Repository Review Panel.

Osbia N. Hicks , Messenger/Food Service Worker, Consolidated Executive Office, Justice Management Division was presented the Cubby Dorsey Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Wage Grade System Employee for his commitment to excellence and his ability to perform all assigned tasks with unfailing accuracy and speed. This award recognizes extraordinary performance and contributions by wage grade system employees, including laborers, mechanics and skilled craft workers.

The Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee recognizes exceptional performance and notable accomplishments towards the Department's mission by an employee with fewer than five years of federal career service. Recipients were, Arlene Irion Intelligence Analyst, FBI Los Angeles Division; Bradley T. Smith , Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Counsel; and Kevin O. Driscoll , Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. The John Marshall Awards are the Department's highest awards offered to attorneys, for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance. Thirteen awards in eight categories were presented this year to teams and individuals.

The John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation was presented to Jeremy F. Korzenik , Senior Trial Attorney; Deborah L. Harris , Assistant Chief for the Environmental Crimes Section; Katherine J. Barton and John L. Smeltzer , Trial Attorneys, Appellate Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division; and from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Mississippi , Jay T. Golden , Assistant U.S. Attorney. The team was recognized for their successful prosecution of Robert Lucas and others in one of the most significant Clean Water Act prosecutions in U.S. history.

The John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation was also presented to former Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Scully , and Assistant United States Attorneys Mitchell A. Mars (deceased) and T. Markus Funk from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois , for their investigation and prosecution of Operation Family Secrets. This closely watched sweep of the mob hierarchy greatly disrupted the effectiveness of organized crime in Chicago .