The Department of Justice has a new head of the Fraud Section, the entity primarily responsible for investigating and prosecuting FCPA violations. Outgoing Fraud Section Chief Andrew Weissmann assumed the rolein January 2015 after serving as general counsel to the FBI under Robert Mueller. Now almost two and a half years later, Weissmann is stepping down from his position at DOJ to again join Director Mueller, who is leading the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
In Weissmann’s absence from the lead role at DOJ’s Fraud Section, his deputy Sandra Moser has ascended to the position of Acting Chief. Moser, an 11-year veteran of the Justice Department, began her career practicing law at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia and completing two federal clerkships. Moser then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Jersey before moving to DOJ, where she worked on fraud matters – with an emphasis on FCPA – up until her recent promotion upon Weissmann’s departure. During her time in the Fraud Division, Moser received commendations for her roles in investigating the manipulation of the LIBORand a large antitrust conspiracy affecting the U.S. Dollar-to-Euro exchange rate.
With an Acting Chief, the Fraud Section now mirrors the DOJ Civil Rights Division in that it lacks a permanent head. And although the executive branch has been slow to fill empty positions within DOJ as elsewhere in the federal government, the White House announcedon June 5, 2017, that the President would nominate Brian Benczkowski to become the new head of DOJ’s Criminal Division. Given the recent announcement, it’s unclear how long Acting Chief Moser could remain in the Fraud Section’s top spot.