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LOS ANGELES — One of the lead prosecutors of the Milberg Weiss case has joined Goodwin Procter’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Robert J. McGahan, former acting deputy chief for major frauds for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, joins the Boston-based firm’s West Coast white-collar crime & government investigations practice. During his five years at the U.S. attorney’s office, he prosecuted cases involving securities fraud, racketeering, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, commercial bribery and embezzlement. In the Milberg Weiss case, prosecutors have alleged that the New York-based securities firm and seven of its partners, including founding partner Melvyn Weiss and former senior partner William S. Lerach, generated more than $250 million in attorney fees by paying kickbacks to name plaintiffs in class action and shareholder lawsuits. Lerach agreed to plead guilty last year and was sentenced earlier this month to two years in prison. Several others have pleaded guilty in the case, but Weiss and the firm remain defendants. Goodwin’s white-collar practice includes two dozen former federal prosecutors.

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