After 6-1/2 years as the top prosecutor in California's Eastern District, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner will resign at the end of the month, his office announced this week. Wagner didn't announce his next career stop other than to say he'll seek work at a law firm somewhere in Northern California.
"Serving as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California has been the most fulfilling and exciting experience of my professional career," Wagner said in a written statement. "I have the greatest respect for the women and men in this office who seek to do justice each day, and I am proud of all that we have been able to accomplish together."
Some of the best-known cases of the Obama appointee's tenure were tied to the national financial crisis occurring when Wagner took office. Eastern District prosecutors helped secure multi-billion dollar settlements with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase for the securitization and sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities. His office also secured the conviction of nearly 300 defendants in mortgage fraud cases.
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