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Federal Prosecutors Receive Awards From Janet Reno Reports U.S. Attorney.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Donald K. Stern, United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts announced that on Friday, October 30, 1998, five Assistant U.S. Attorneys from Stern's Office received prestigious Director's Awards from Attorney General Janet Reno. Jeanne M. Kempthorne, Stephen P. Heymann, and Allison D. Burroughs received awards for their exceptional work in the investigation and prosecution of computer crime. Jeffrey Hobart and Andrew Levchuk received awards for their exceptional work in the investigation and prosecution of violent gangs in Massachusetts.

The Director's Awards of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys are given to Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Law Enforcement Officers who, with honor and integrity, have made extraordinary contributions in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of federal crimes. The awards were made on Friday by Attorney General Reno in the Great Hall of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington.

The prosecution of both computer crime and violent gang activity have been priorities of U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern's office.

U.S. Attorney Stern, stated, "I am very proud of the professionalism and dedication of these federal prosecutors. The recognition by the Department of Justice of their fine work is a tribute to the entire office."

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeanne M. Kempthorne, Stephen P. Heymann and Allison D. Burroughs received awards for their leadership in developing new and effective means of prosecuting computer crime. The three have brought a series of ground breaking cases, including, United States v. Davis, in which their successful efforts protected hundreds of millions of dollars of intellectual property in one of the first Economic Espionage Act cases: United States v. Ardita, involving the first court-authorized wiretap of a computer network searching for an unknown intruder; United States v. LaMacchia, resulting in recently enacted legislation enhancing the scope of criminal enforcement of copyright laws; and United States v. J.D., the first prosecution of a juvenile computer hacker, who had electronically disabled a critical telephone computer system servicing the Worcester airport.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew G. Levchuk, received the award for being the driving force behind the federal prosecution of violent crime in Western Massachusetts since 1994. As lead prosecutor for the Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force, he spearheaded the investigation, indictment, and conviction of more than 20 members of the La Familia street gang for racketeering, firearms, and drug offenses.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey E. Hobart received the award for exemplary efforts in United States v. Domey, a prosecution of 16 members, prospective members, and associates of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang for trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine. Among those convicted was Gregory Domey, former president of the Salem, Massachusetts, Hells Angels Chapter and former East Coast President of the entire organization. Domey was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and defendant John Bartolomeo was sentenced to 35 years for crimes that included the murder of a rival biker gang member. The investigation involved five separate pieces of court-authorized electronic surveillance and marked the first time an undercover agent or officer has infiltrated this violent international outlaw motorcycle gang.
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