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WASHINGTON — Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher, head of the criminal division in the U.S. Department of Justice, will leave her position on May 23 after nearly three years in that post. Fisher, a former partner in the Washington office of New York’s Latham & Watkins, has no immediate plans, according to a department spokesperson. “Alice Fisher has served this department, and this nation, with honor and distinction,” said Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey. “Under her leadership, the criminal division has upheld justice for the American people and dealt decisively and skillfully with a broad range of issues. Her intelligence, leadership, and strategic vision will be missed by the Department; we are grateful for her service and confident that she leaves the Division in a strong position to continue its mission.” During Fisher’s tenure, the department said, she increased the depth and scope of work undertaken by the division on numerous fronts including government integrity, international organized crime, corporate fraud, health care fraud, violent gangs and child exploitation. She recently spearheaded the effort to conduct a comprehensive threat assessment of international organized crime and from it developed the department’s new strategy to combat international organized crime in the 21st century. Fisher promoted efforts to ensure integrity in the government, including developing and chairing the National Procurement Fraud Task Force, which has charged, convicted, or brought civil actions in more than 300 cases, including 46 individuals or companies criminally charged in procurement fraud related matters to the global War on Terror. Fisher’s division brought enforcement actions against 16 individuals or companies under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2007, a substantial increase from the four individuals or companies charged under FCPA in 2002 or the three charged in 2003 and in 2004. Fisher also oversaw the implementation of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in Miami, which has secured more than 100 convictions since March 2007. Fisher previously served as deputy assistant attorney general of the criminal division from July 2001 to 2003. Her nomination to the top position was unique and controversial in that she was the first head of the criminal division who had never prosecuted a criminal case prior to her appointment as assistant attorney general.

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