• The Department of Justice is looking for someone to lead its new crypto enforcement team

  • The Justice Department is looking for a supervisory trial attorney to lead its National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET).

    According to a new job posting from the DOJ, the team will be responsible for “supporting, investigating, and prosecuting cryptocurrency-related crimes, as well as leading the Department’s efforts to reduce the use of cryptocurrency as a criminal tool.” The agency is looking for an attorney to serve as the team’s director.

    The director will lead a team of attorneys by establishing strategic priorities for crypto investigations and enforcement cases with the assistance of US Attorney’s Offices and investigative agencies, as well as maintaining relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement to coordinate the sharing of information and strategies. Interactions with policymaking bodies such as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the Securities and Exchange Commission are part of this (SEC). The director is also expected to cultivate private-sector relationships to assist with enforcement, according to the job posting.

    According to the posting, the NCET’s efforts are a “central part of a nationwide enforcement effort to combat the use of cryptocurrency as an illicit tool.”

    According to the posting, those considered must have “extensive knowledge” of crypto and blockchain technology. The DOJ is also looking for someone who is familiar with white collar and money laundering laws.

    Earlier this month, the DOJ announced the formation of the NCET. The Department of Justice stated in that announcement that the head of the NCET will report to the Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division. The team will be made up of members from the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), and other divisional sections, with the leader overseeing coordination between these branches and their NCET-designated attorneys.

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