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Jacquelyn M. Kasulis
Veteran of many leadership positions, Jacquelyn M. Kasulis has been appointed as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Pursuant to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis takes over in the highest position in the Office succeeding U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko, who has been appointed as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. Interim Chief Federal Law Enforcement Official Jacquelin M. Kasulis was sworn in on June 21, 2021 by Chief Judge Margo K. Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Kasulis shall remain as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for a maximum period of 300 days, or until a permanent U.S. Attorney has been nominated and confirmed by President-elect Joe Biden and by the Senate, respectively.
Table of Contents
- Educational Background
- Legal Career – Private and Government Practice
- Appointed as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney
- Notable Prosecutions by Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis
- Multi-billion dollar money laundering and bribery conspiracy
- Prosecution against Martin Shkreli
- Other significant cases led by Jacquelyn Kasulis
- Statement Upon Appointment by Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis
- Office Jurisdiction
- Contact Details
- Brooklyn Main Office
- Central Islip Branch Office
- Social Media Profiles of Jacquelyn Kasulis
Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis is a graduate of the Davidson College, earning her degree in Bachelor of Arts in History in 1998. She subsequently attended the Columbia Law School, from where she received her Juris Doctorate in 2003.
Legal Career – Private and Government Practice
Prior to becoming a part of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Acting U.S. Attorney Jackie Kasulis served in the private sector as a Litigation Associate in the Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York from September 2003 to October 2007. Following her four-year stint in private practice, U.S. Attorney Kasulis shifted to government service and was appointed as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Beginning in January 2008, Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis worked her way up in Office of the U.S. Attorney. She initially served in the General Crimes Section of the Office, where she later became its Deputy Chief. Top Federal Prosecutor Kasulis performed duties as the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section of the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for about a year, from September 2014 to November 2015, prior to being appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, where she served for a year and five months, from November 2015 to March 2017.
In April 2017, Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis was named as the Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, where she served for approximately four years, until March 2021. Two years into her appointment as the Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, U.S. Attorney Jackie Kasulis became the Chief of the Office’s Criminal Division in March 2019. She consequently managed and supervised the Business and Securities Fraud Section and the whole of the Criminal Division for the next two years of her career. Throughout her career in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Jacquelyn Kasulis executed several projects, including the establishment of the Bank Integrity Task Force of the Office, which she later supervised. Furthermore, she has served in several other supervisory roles, including being a member of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Chiefs Working Group.
Appointed as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney
In accordance with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis was appointed as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in March 2021, upon the resignation of former U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme and the appointment of former Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko. In this capacity, Jacquelyn Kasulis served as second-in-command to the former interim Top Federal Prosecutor Lesko, wherein she was responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Civil, Criminal, Administrative and Appeals Divisions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, including the Office’s COVID-19 response.
Notable Prosecutions by Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis
With over 13 years of experience in prosecuting a wide variety of criminal cases, U.S. Attorney Kasulis has led a number of investigation and prosecution in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
Multi-billion dollar money laundering and bribery conspiracy
Among the most notable cases prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Jackie Kasulis include the investigation and prosecution of three individuals involved in a multi-billion dollar, money laundering and bribery conspiracy. The defendants were two former bankers of the Goldman Sachs and a wealthy Malaysian financier who participated in the defrauding of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – Malaysia’s development fund. In October 2020, the two former Goldman Sachs bankers entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement, wherein one of the Malaysian subsidiaries pleaded guilty to one-count of criminal information charging conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. As a part of the resolution, Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $2. Billion in penalties, which would be divided among different foreign and domestic authorities. This case against the Goldman Sachs led by Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis represents the largest penalty to be paid to U.S. authorities in the history of foreign bribery cases, and is also the case with the most civil and criminal authorities to ever coordinate on any corporate resolution. Moreover, the Goldman Sachs conspiracy is known as the most bribes paid in a foreign bribery scheme prosecuted by the United States.
Prosecution against Martin Shkreli
Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis has also handled several other high-profile, complex cases, including the four fraud schemes prosecution against Martin Shkreli – a case that involved a high-profile six-week trial in the summer of 2017. Defendant Shkreli was convicted for four interrelated fraud schemes, which resulted in over $20 million in losses, along with two additional frauds involving the pharmaceutical companies Shreli had established. Another notable fraud case investigated and prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Kasulis is the first criminal prosecution under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), wherein 10 defendants and six corporations were charged with orchestrating a massive offshore money laundering, securities fraud, and tax evasions schemes. An estimated $250 million were reported to have been taken by the defendants through a total of approximately 40 “pump and dump” schemes.
Other significant cases led by Jacquelyn Kasulis
To add to the long list of significant cases investigated and prosecuted by Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis, is the conviction of the Executive Chairman of Forcefield Energy, a NASDAQ-listed company, and nine other individuals in line with a $131 million market manipulation scheme. U.S. Attorney Kasulis also led the prosecution of the $17 million Ponzi scheme on Long Island, wherein an investment fund manager defrauded approximately 75 investors. During her work with the Organized Crime Section, U.S. Attorney Jackie Kasulis prosecuted over 15 Genovese crime family members and associates, and has also led the conviction of three consecutive International Longshoremen’s Association union presidents who were found to be involved in the 30-year scheme that entailed the extortion of longshoremen at Christmastime every year at the direction of the Genovese crime family. In addition, Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis led the conviction of a Gambino crime family association for a racketeering conspiracy, with predicate acts including two murders.
Statement Upon Appointment by Acting U.S. Attorney Kasulis
Upon her appointment as interim Top Federal Prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, Jacquelyn M. Kasulis expressed her gratitude to the members of the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York for their consistent dedication to serving the people of the district, especially during these trying times. Moreover, U.S. Attorney Kasulis that she is looking forward to leading and supporting the talented and skilled personnel of the Office in their joint effort with the law enforcement and agency partners in pursuing the cause of justice and serving and protecting the community.
As the interim Chief Federal Law Enforcement Official for the Eastern District of New York, Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis is responsible for leading and overseeing the investigation and prosecution of violations of federal statues, as well as the enforcement and representation of the interests of the United States in all civil litigations within the district. Furthermore, U.S. Attorney Jackie Kasulis is in-charge of ensuring that the Office is upholding civil, constitutional, and victims’ rights, along with fostering strong partnerships with other local, state, and federal government agencies, law enforcement officials, and community groups.
Full Name: Jacquelyn M. Kasulis
District/State: Eastern District of New York
Public email ID: [email protected]
Brooklyn Main Office
271 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn NY 11201
Central Islip Branch Office
610 Federal Plaza
Central Islip NY 11722-4454
Social Media Profiles of Jacquelyn Kasulis
Username: Jacquelyn Kasulis
Username: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York
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Updated: November 3, 2021
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