Top Enforcement Officials Eye Individual Prosecutions, Crypto

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Law360, Miami (October 27, 2021, 7:49 PM EDT) — A group of top U.S. government attorneys on Wednesday laid out their agencies’ priorities for white-collar enforcement, emphasizing cases involving cryptocurrency, so-called gatekeepers and the prosecution of individuals.

The principal deputy assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, Nicholas McQuaid, said its top priority for white-collar cases is the prosecution of individuals, though corporate cases are still an important part of the DOJ’s enforcement agenda.

“We think that that is a critical component of accountability, to look carefully at individuals. That is something we’re doing in every case that we investigate and prosecute,” McQuaid said.

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