Interim US Attorney Prerak Shah Announces His Departure | USAO-NDTX
Acting U.S. Attorney General for the North Texas District, Prerak Shah, today announced that he will resign from the Department of Justice effective October 1.
“It was the honor of a lifetime to serve the 8 million people of North Texas as the Interim US Attorney,” said Mr. Shah. “I have had the privilege of not only working with the best federal prosecutors in the country, but also working side-by-side with unrivaled federal, state and local law enforcement partners. I am proud to have played a part in this office’s proud legacy of seeking justice and freedom for all.
Mr. Shah was appointed acting United States prosecutor on January 10, 2021, having previously served as the first deputy United States prosecutor. The Northern District covers 100 counties, over 96,000 square miles, and a population of around eight million people. Mr. Shah led a team of around 250 people in five division offices and was responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in his district. Under his leadership, the office advanced a number of Justice Department priorities, ranging from violent crime and cybersecurity to corporate fraud and misrepresentation law enforcement.
Mr Shah’s team pursued an alleged suicide bomber who allegedly plotted to attack Amazon, derailed an $ 18 million pill-making program, and secured a conviction against a real estate developer for bribing two city council members from Dallas. The bureau also successfully tried a business school owner for carrying out a $ 72 million fraud scheme, convicting two men who hid a capital murder suspect who was on the ’10 most popular’ list. most wanted ”from the FBI, sued an ADT technician for having hacked the video of more than 200 customers. feed and was awarded more than $ 22 million in a deferred lawsuit agreement with a multinational medical device company. They have expanded their partnerships with state and local law enforcement, resulting in several successful multi-agency operations that have helped stem the rise in violent crime in North Texas.
The office has conducted a number of cryptocurrency investigations, including the extradition of a Serbian national accused of fooling crypto investors over $ 70 million, obtaining a five-year sentence for the founder of “AriseCoin” for securities fraud and the conviction of a man by the nickname “Dr. Bitcoin” for an illegal cash-to-crypto scheme.
On the civil side, the Northern District resolved a number of issues related to the False Claims Act, including securing a $ 3.3 million settlement from a hospital, securing a settlement of $ 3.1 million. dollars with dental management companies and by filing a complaint against a dermatopathologist who accepted kickbacks from a laboratory company.
Prior to serving as the Acting United States Attorney General, Mr. Shah held several senior positions in the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, including the Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office Overseeing Civil and Criminal Work of the Antitrust Department. , Civil, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources and Taxation Divisions. He has also served as the deputy deputy attorney general in charge of the ministry’s natural resources section, directly overseeing around 75 trial lawyers in large-scale environmental investigations and trials across the country. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Shah was Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel to United States Senator Ted Cruz and Senior Legal Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas.
Mr. Shah looks forward to his next chapter, in private practice in Texas.