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Another federal prosecutor involved in the fraud and public corruption investigations surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has quit the Department of Justice. Guy Singer, who helped lead the investigation since its early days, has joined the Washington office of Florida-based Akerman Senterfitt. Earlier this year, Noel Hillman, who helped supervise the investigation as chief of the Public Integrity Section, left to become a federal district judge in New Jersey. Singer, who previously worked as a prosecutor in Miami before coming to Justice Department headquarters, was part of the team of prosecutors that won convictions or guilty pleas from Abramoff, former public relations executive Michael Scanlon, former General Services Administration procurement official David Safavian, former Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio), and former Republican congressional staffers Neil Volz and Tony Rudy. Singer was also the only Washington prosecutor involved in the Florida-based case against Adam Kidan, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to conspiracy and fraud for his role in helping Abramoff in the ill-fated purchase of SunCruz Casinos. “It’s clear that this investigation is going to go on quite a bit longer,” Singer says. “For personal reasons, I had an interest in moving on and trying something new.” At Akerman, Singer will join old friends Richard Smith and Alexandre Ren� — both former Fraud Section prosecutors. “Alex and Richard recruited me into the Fraud Section,” Singer says. “They were also the ones that recruited me out of the Fraud Section.”
Jason McLure can be contacted at [email protected].

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