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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 17, 1998
                      AS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY 

The President today announced his intent to nominate Alejandro N. Mayorkas to serve as United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

Mr. Alejandro N. Mayorkas, of Los Angeles, California, has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California since 1989 and has served as Chief of the General Crimes Section since 1996. From 1992 to 1996, he was a prosecutor with the office's Major Frauds Section and specialized in the areas of money laundering and white collar crime, including securities fraud and bank fraud. He was one of the prosecutors in a $300 million international money laundering conspiracy, and lead a multi-agency consumer fraud task force. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Mayorkas was a prosecutor with the Asset Forfeiture Section. He investigated and prosecuted numerous civil forfeiture actions based on narcotic offenses and financial crimes, including one of the largest white collar fraud forfeiture cases in the nation involving ten actions filed in four states against more than $10 million in assets. From 1986 to 1989, he was a litigation associate with the Los Angeles firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler where he handled extensive pre-trial work in complex business and securities cases. Mr. Mayorkas is a national lecturer in the fields of criminal law and civil forfeiture. Mr. Mayorkas was an adjunct professor of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles from 1996 to 1997, where he taught trial advocacy.

Mr. Mayorkas received a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School.

United States Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers for the 94 federal judicial districts. They have principal responsibility for the prosecution of federal matters in their district.