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Four Eastern District assistant U.S. attorneys were lauded for their work Friday in Washington, D.C.

James Gatta, Nathan Reilly, Richard Tucker and Una Dean were among 179 federal prosecutors recognized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director Monty Wilkinson at the 33rd Director’s Awards Ceremony.

“These 179 award recipients embody the best of the Department of Justice,” Rosenstein said, according to a news release by the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office. “Today’s honorees have earned the esteem of their colleagues. But most importantly, you have earned the gratitude of your fellow citizens, whose communities you have made safer, whose lives you have improved, and whose trust you have rewarded.”

Gatta, chief of the criminal division, and Reilly, the public integrity section deputy chief, were recognized for their prosecution of former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island for tax fraud. Grimm resigned, received an eight-month prison sentence and was ordered to pay $148,907 in restitution. His New York law licence also was suspended for four years (NYLJ, May 18).

Tucker, chief of the national security and cybercrime section, and Dean were recognized for prosecuting eight employees of ARC Electronics in Houston for exporting more than $30 million of technology to Russia for use by the Russian military. Five pleaded guilty, including lead defendant Alexander Fishenko, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The remaining defendants were convicted at trial.

Acting Eastern District U.S. Attorney Bridget Rohde said the four prosecutors deserved to be recognized for “successfully carr[ying] out complex investigations in the prosecution of a then-sitting congressman, and the protection of our homeland by holding accountable those who illegally exported sensitive military technology.”