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JFK-Plot Prosecutor to Head Division in Brooklyn

(Corrects Donoghue’s title in the second paragraph provided by a spokesman in a story published yesterday.)

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Marshall Miller, the assistant U.S. attorney who led the prosecution of five men for plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport, was named chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District of New York, which includes Brooklyn.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced the appointment in a memo to staff obtained by Bloomberg News. Miller, 40, is replacing Richard P. Donoghue, who is leaving to become head of litigation at CA Inc., the company in Islandia, New York, formerly known as Computer Associates, according to Robert Nardoza, a spokesman for Lynch. The Eastern District prosecuted a $2.2 billion fraud at CA Inc. in which former Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Kumar pleaded guilty in 2006.

“Marshall has served with distinction in the General Crimes, Narcotics and Violent Crimes and Terrorism (VCT) Sections,” Lynch wrote.

Miller led a team that successfully prosecuted five men in the JFK plot, which was designed to blow up fuel lines and tanks at the airport. The two leaders were sentenced to life in prison.

He convicted Shahawar Matin Siraj at trial of conspiring to detonate explosives in the 34th Street Herald Square subway station in Manhattan on the eve of the 2004 Republican convention.

Led Prosecution

Miller also led the prosecution of four defendants who pleaded guilty during trial to conspiring to acquire about $1 million of anti-aircraft missiles and other equipment for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Miller, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, joined the prosecutor’s office the next year. He has served as the deputy chief of the criminal division. In 2009, he was named the most outstanding assistant U.S. attorney by the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.

To contact the reporter on this story: Thom Weidlich in Manhattan federal court at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at

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