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Bill Ferland Joins RI US Attorney’s Office

William J. Ferland, a top criminal prosecutor for 20 years with the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, joined the staff of the Rhode Island U. S. Attorney’s Office today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ferland will primarily prosecute organized crime, drug and firearm cases.

“Bill is a smart, experienced, and extremely dedicated prosecutor,” noted U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. “He is well-respected by judges, fellow prosecutors, law enforcement, and the defense bar alike.  He handled hundreds of significant felony cases, and the fact that he has prosecuted nearly two dozen homicide cases demonstrates the confidence that the various Attorneys General he has worked for have placed in him.”

A former patrolman, detective and police sergeant in East Greenwich from 1982-1990, Ferland served in numerous capacities as a R.I. Assistant Attorney General, including Chief of the Criminal Division; Chief of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit; and Chief of the Welfare Fraud Unit. He most recently served as Senior Trial Counsel, coordinating and overseeing the investigation and prosecution of high profile felony matters.  Ferland graduated magna cum laude from Rhode Island College in May 1982. He earned his Juris Doctor and graduated magna cum laude from New England School of Law in 1989.  Ferland has served as an adjunct faculty member at Roger Williams University Metropolitan College and the Community College of Rhode Island providing instruction in criminal law. He has also served as an instructor at the Rhode Island Police Training Academy.


US Attorney Neronha Forms Stimulus Fraud Prevention Task Force

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha today announced the formation of a Stimulus Fraud Prevention Task Force. The multi-jurisdictional task force consists of more than a dozen federal and state government and law enforcement agencies, which will monitor and investigate allegations of misuse of federal stimulus funds provided to Rhode Island.

“With well over a billion dollars in stimulus funding expected to flow into Rhode Island, there are some who may look at this as an easy opportunity to misuse or steal taxpayer dollars,” said U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. He added, “The coordinated efforts of this task force to monitor complaints of misuse and abuse, combined with the potential for criminal or civil prosecution, will help ensure that stimulus monies reach the intended targets: Rhode Islanders who need jobs and the state’s economy.”

U.S. Attorney Neronha created the Stimulus Fraud Prevention Task Force as an outgrowth of the U.S. Department of Justice’s commitment to prevent fraud, waste and abuse, and to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dulce Donovan, the office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) coordinator, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly, a criminal prosecutor with an expertise in prosecuting financial crimes, will co-chair the Stimulus Fraud Prevention Task Force. The task force will hold its first meeting on Thursday.

Federal Prosecutor Gerard Sullivan Agrees to Plea Deal in Traffic Court

The Providence Journal reports that federal prosecutor Gerard B. Sullivan agreed to a plea deal in which he admitted that he refused to submit to a chemical breath test when the Warwick police arrested him Thanksgiving morning under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and the attorney general’s office agreed to drop two other motor-vehicle violations he was charged with the night he was arrested: not abiding by a laned roadway and not using a turn signal.

As part of the plea agreement, Sullivan’s driver’s license will be suspended for seven months, from the time he surrendered it on Dec. 22. Magistrate Domenic A. DiSandro III had ordered Sullivan to turn over his license when he was in court Dec. 18.

Sullivan appeared at the Traffic Tribunal with his lawyer, Kevin J. Bristow, who told DiSandro that Sullivan is enrolled in an alcohol-treatment program. Because of that program, DiSandro did not order Sullivan to attend the safe-driving school that other motorists must enroll in when faced with a similar charge.

DiSandro also ordered Sullivan to perform 40 hours of public community service and to pay fines and fees totaling $1,135.

Sullivan was one of eight people charged by the Warwick police over Thanksgiving weekend with refusing to submit to a chemical breath test, a motor-vehicle violation. He was the only one of those eight who was not also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a criminal misdemeanor.

Sullivan was later charged with driving under the influence after The Journal and Warwick Police Chief Stephen M. McCartney reviewed the arrest reports for all eight drivers suspected of drunken driving Thanksgiving weekend. McCartney, who did not know Sullivan had been arrested until The Journal called him after the holiday weekend, has launched an internal review.

While this civil matter has closed, the criminal case against Sullivan is still pending.

Federal prosecutor Gerard B. Sullivan on Tuesday sought dismissal in District Court of a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sullivan, an assistant U.S. attorney, a day earlier had admitted in state traffic court that he failed to take a chemical breath test when arrested on Thanksgiving by the Warwick police.

Sullivan sat in the front row during Tuesday’s District Court appearance as a city prosecutor and Sullivan’s lawyer, Kevin J. Bristow, approached the bench three times to discuss the case in subdued whispers.

Shortly after noon, the first public comment about the case came from Judge Frank J. Cenerini, who said the case has been continued until Monday at the request of both sides.

Assistant US Attorney in Rhode Island to be Charged with DUI in Warwick

The Providence Journal reports that the Warwick police have decided to charge veteran federal prosecutor – Gerard B. Sullivan – with an additional charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after an arrest early Thanksgiving morning.  More details here.

Peter Neronha Announces Leadership Team at RI US Attorney’s Office

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha for the District of Rhode Island today announced the formation of the office leadership team:  First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth P. Madden, Criminal Division Chief Stephen G. Dambruch, Civil Division Chief Michael P. Iannotti, Deputy Criminal Chief and Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Adi Goldstein, and Senior Litigation Counsel Andrew J. Reich.

“I have worked closely with each of these individuals for many years, some for over a decade,” U.S. Attorney Neronha said.  “All of them are talented, dedicated, seasoned professionals, who are well prepared to serve the citizens of Rhode Island.  They have my complete confidence, and I look forward to working with them as we pursue the mission of the United States Attorney’s Office.”

Kenneth P. Madden has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island since January 1986, serving at various times as Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Organized Crime Strike Force Chief, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Senior Litigation Counsel.  From 1978 until January 1986, he was a Special Assistant Rhode Island Attorney General and an Assistant Rhode Island Attorney General.  Mr. Madden is a 1972 graduate of Providence College and received his law degree from St. John’s University in 1975.

Andrew J. Reich has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island since 1995.  From 1976 to 1982, he was a Trial Attorney with the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice.  From 1982 to 1995, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Florida and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Reich is a 1971 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1974.

Stephen G. Dambruch became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2004, and was appointed Chief of the Criminal Division in 2007.  In 2006, the Department of Justice sent him on a ten-month detail to Iraq, where he was part of a team that provided legal assistance to the Iraqi High Tribunal in its investigation and prosecution of crimes committed under the regime of Saddam Hussein.  From 1987 to 2003, he was a Special Assistant and later an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island.  Mr. Dambruch is a 1982 graduate of Providence College and a 1985 graduate of Boston College Law School.

Michael P. Iannotti was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney in January 1984, and has served as supervisor of the Financial Litigation Unit, coordinator of the Asset Forfeiture Program, and the principal attorney in charge of bankruptcy litigation.  From May 2007 to September 2009, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti was the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Coordinator in the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated policy and resources for the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering programs for U.S. Attorney’s offices.  He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science, and received his law degree from the New England School of Law in 1983.

Adi K. Goldstein was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island in 2002.  Prior to that, she was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Goldstein has prosecuted international drug smuggling cases, firearms offenses, and complex health care fraud, money laundering, and white collar crime matters.  She is a 1995 graduate of Harvard College and received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1999.  Following her graduation from law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha named to Attorney General’s Advisory Committee

Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the appointment of Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha and eight other U.S. Attorneys to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC).  The committee provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management, and operational issues affecting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.  The appointments are for two-year terms.

“This is a critical and exciting time for the Department of Justice and I will rely heavily on these U.S. Attorneys as we work to further the Department’s efforts to reduce violent crime and gang violence, promote civil rights, ensure fairness in the marketplace and above all, preserve our national security,” said Attorney General Holder.

“I am honored to be named to the AGAC and to bring the voice of federal prosecutors and the concerns of Rhode Islanders to the Attorney General,” U.S. Attorney Neronha said.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues over the next two years.”

The other appointees are:  U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara; U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona Dennis Burke; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington Jenny Durkan; U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul J. Fishman; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride; U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce White Vance; and Acting U.S. Attorney, ex officio, for the District of Columbia Channing D. Phillips.

Peter F. Neronha Confirmed as US Attorney in Rhode Island

Here’s an update to our earlier post on the nomination of Peter F. Neronha for US Attorney in Rhode Island.

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Neronha.  U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse commended the confirmation of Neronha.

“We applaud the Senate’s confirmation of Peter Neronha as Rhode Island’s next U.S. Attorney. Mr. Neronha’s years of exemplary service in the Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s office have earned him respect throughout Rhode Island’s law enforcement and legal communities. We are confident he will do an outstanding job of serving and protecting the people of Rhode Island.”

As you might recall, Reed and Whitehouse recommended Neronha for the position in May, and President Obama formally nominated him in July.  Best of luck to newly confirmed US Attorney Neronha.