Justice Department Names Miller Deputy Criminal Chief

Marshall Miller, who oversaw terrorism and fraud prosecutions as head of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, was selected to help run the Justice Department’s criminal unit.

Miller, 42, was named the division’s second-in-command, according to Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman.

Miller’s arrival predates his probable boss. Leslie Caldwell, former head of the department’s Enron Task Force who was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the criminal division, is awaiting a confirmation vote by the Senate. David O’Neil, chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, is acting head of the division.

“Marshall is a perfect fit for that important job,” said John Buretta, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York who previously held the department post and worked with Miller in Brooklyn. “He is careful, has a steady hand and is highly intelligent. The department is really lucky to have him there.”

Under Miller’s leadership, the Brooklyn office brought charges last year against eight people accused of trying to steal more than $45 million from banks based in the Middle East by hacking into credit-card processors to retrieve account information and eliminate cash-withdrawal limits.

He also supervised the prosecution of Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company, which in 2012 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misbranding an anemia drug. The company agreed to pay $150 million in criminal penalties and $612 million in civil settlements.

Miller was also the lead prosecutor in several terrorism cases, including one in which five men were convicted of attempting to bomb fuel tanks and pipelines at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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