New Civil Frauds Unit Created in Minnesota U.S. Attorney’s Office

On January 18, 2011, United States Attorney B. Todd Jones announced the creation of the Civil Frauds Unit in his office’s Civil Division.  The new unit will focus on fraud in the areas of finance, health care, mortgages, banks, and federal grants, and will work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in handling fraud cases and freezing assets before indictments are filed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jerry Wilhelm will lead the new unit.  While Wilhelm will be the only prosecutor solely dedicated to the Civil Fraud Unit, at least a couple of other civil litigators will spend the majority of their time focused on civil fraud.  U.S. Attorney Jones signaled the importance of the focus on civil fraud, noting that “fraudsters can be found in almost every community in the country.  No area is immune from these people, who prey on the trust or vulnerabilities of others.”  The new Civil Fraud Unit will be at the forefront of Minnesota’s ongoing effort to combat and prevent fraud.

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