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Kathleen McGovern


Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.S., St. John's University; J.D., St. John's University

Kathleen McGovern is the Senior Deputy Chief at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where she has served as a federal prosecutor...

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Kathleen McGovern is the Senior Deputy Chief at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where she has served as a federal prosecutor since 2003.In her current position, she supervises over 150 attorneys in investigating and prosecuting complex international and domestic white collar crime cases against entities and individuals for crimes including securities and financial fraud;Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations;and healthcare fraud.She has extensive federal criminal trial experience in district courts around the country, including the successful prosecution and convictions of the former CEO and senior executives of National Century Financial Enterprises for perpetrating a $2.9 billion securities fraud scheme;and the successful prosecution and convictions of the former CEO and executives at Fair Financial Company for executing a $200 million securities fraud scheme. Professor McGovern serves as DOJ's representative to the U.S. delegation on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Working Group on Bribery and Corruption, and frequently speaks at international conferences addressing issues including FCPA enforcement trends, international law enforcement coordination, and effective compliance protocols.

Prior to joining DOJ, Professor McGovern was a state prosecutor in New York for eleven years, where she tried over 45 cases, and handled white collar and violent crime prosecutions. She graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Accounting, where she was a member of the President's Society (the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate), and received her law degree from St. John's Law School, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and on its Nationals Team. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the St. John's Tobin College of Business.

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