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U.S. Attorney Wagner appointed to co-lead fraud subcommittee

Benjamin Wagner, the U.S. attorney for the Sacramento-based Eastern District of California, has been appointed co-chair of a subcommittee advising U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on white collar crime, according to an announcement Thursday from Wagner’s office.

The panel is part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, which provides guidance and counsel to the nation’s top law enforcement officer and other senior leaders of the department on policy, management and operational matters. The subcommittees report to the advisory committee and are the voice of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys.

The other co-chair of the subcommittee on white collar crime is Melinda Haag, the U.S. attorney for the San Francisco-based Northern District of California.

Wagner previously served for three years on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, after being appointed to it in May 2010 by former Attorney General Eric Holder. In addition to his new appointment, Wagner continues to serve on several of its subcommittees, including those focusing on civil rights and national security, according to Thursday’s announcement.

There are 21 members of the advisory committee and 20 members of the white collar subcommittee. It is not required that a member of one of the 10 subcommittees or 16 working groups be a member of the advisory committee.

Denny Walsh: (916) 321-1189