Rhode Island’s Michael P. Iannotti To Retire From Dept. of Justice
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A Rhode Island native, Iannotti was a Dean’s List graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 1979 and the New England School of Law in 1983, and began his career in 1982 as a summer law assistant with the U.S. Attorney’s Office while still attending law school. Mr. Iannotti was named an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1984 and Civil Division Chief in 2009.
Recognized by the Department of Justice as one of its foremost experts in the field of asset forfeiture, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti was a key figure in the forfeiture by Google, Inc. of $500 million for illicitly accepting ads from rogue foreign pharmacies. $230 million of the forfeited funds were distributed to state and local law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island that participated in the investigation.
“Mike Iannotti has served the people of Rhode Island with distinction for more than 30 years,” U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha said. “Though he had many areas of expertise, he was truly one of the Department’s foremost experts in asset forfeiture, and was responsible for the return of millions of dollars to law enforcement agencies across the state. He has been a source of great strength to me during my tenure as United States Attorney, and his commitment to the work of this Office, and his talent and experience, will be sorely missed.”
Other notable cases in which Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti played a key role in the forfeiture of millions of dollars of assets were the Stephen Saccoccia money laundering case and the case against Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer, GeneScience.
In the Saccoccia case, $6 million in assets as well as 83 bars of gold buried in the rear yard of a Cranston, R.I., home were seized from Saccoccia, a former coin dealer convicted of laundering drug trafficking proceeds for the Columbian drug cartels, and forfeited to the Government. In the GeneScience matter, a precedent setting case, $2.7 million was forfeited to the Government by GeneScience, for trafficking Human Growth Hormone in the United States.
In recognition of his expertise in the field of asset forfeiture, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti was detailed to the Department of Justice in Washington in May 2007 where he served for more than two years as the Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Coordinator at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In addition, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti taught asset forfeiture law and procedures to various members of the law enforcement community.
In addition to his lengthy list of accomplishments as a civil attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney Iannotti successfully prosecuted numerous criminal cases in the U.S. District Court.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Rhode Island and the Department of Justice,” said Michael P. Iannotti. “I leave the U.S. Attorney’s Office with a feeling of accomplishment in public service, which would not have been possible had it not been, in part, for the many outstanding public servants I served alongside of for the past thirty years.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Iannotti’s last day with the United States Attorney’s Office will be November 29, 2013.
Related Slideshow: New England Communities With the Most Political Clout 2013
The Sunlight Foundation, in conjunction with Azavea, released data maps this week showing political contribution dollars to federal elections dating back to 1990 -- by county.
GoLocal takes a look at the counties in New England that had the highest per-capita contributions in the 2012 election cycle -- and talked with experts about what that meant for those areas in New Engand, as well as the candidates.
24. Cheshire County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $9.88
Total contributions: $759,209
Cheshire is one of the five original counties in New Hampshire and was founded in 1771. The highest point in Cheshire County is located at the top of Mount Monadnock, which was made famous by the poets Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
21. Hampshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.41
Total contributions: $1,664,077
Hampshire County has a total area of 545 square miles and is located in the middle of Massachusetts. Hampshire County is also the only county to be surrounded in all directions by other Massachusetts counties.
20. Barnstable County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $10.90
Total contributions: $2,348,541
Barnstable County was founded in 1685 and has three national protected areas. Cape Cod National Seashore is the most famous protected area within Barnstable County and brings in a high amount of tourists every year.
19. Berkshire County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $12.49
Total contributions: $1,624,400
Berkshire County is located on the western side of Massachusetts and borders three different neighboring states. Originally the Mahican Native American Tribe inhabited Berkshire County up until the English settlers arrived and bought the land in 1724.
18. Essex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $13.22
Total contributions: $9,991,201
Essex is located in the northeastern part of Massachusetts and contains towns such as Salem, Lynn, and Andover. Essex was founded in 1643 and because of Essex historical background, the whole county has been designated as the Essex National Heritage Area.
15. Addison County, VT
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $15.49
Total contributions: $569,299
Located on the west side of Vermont, Addison County has a total area of 808 square miles. Addison's largest town is Middlebury, where the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College are located.
11. Bristol County, RI
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $20.91
Total contributions: $1,027,472
Bristol County has a population of 49,144 and is the third smallest county in the United States. Bristol County was originally apart of Massachusetts, but was transferred to Rhode Island in 1746.
10. Grafton County, NH
Contributions, per capita, 2012 :$20.95
Total contributions: $1,868,739
With a population of 89,181, Grafton County is the second largest county in New Hampshire. Home of New Hampshire’s only national forest, White Mountain National Forest takes up about half of Grafton’s total area
7. Middlesex County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $32.81
Total contributions: $50,432,154
Middlesex County has a population of 1,503,085 and has been ranked as the most populous county in New England. The county government was abolished in 1997, but the county boundaries still exists for court jurisdictions and other administrative purposes.
6. Nantucket County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $33.41
Total contributions: $344,021
Nantucket County consists of a couple of small islands and is a major tourist destination in Massachusetts. Normally Nantucket has a population of 10,298, but during the summer months the population can reach up to 50,000.
4. Dukes County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $36.32
Total contributions: $618,960
Consisting of Martha’s Vineyard and the Elizabeth Islands, Dukes County is one of Massachusetts’ top vacation spots. Originally Dukes County was apart New York, however it was transferred to Massachusetts on October 7, 1691.
3. Suffolk County, MA
Contributions, per capita, 2012: $40.73
Total contributions: $30,323,537
Suffolk County has a population of 744,426 and contains Massachusetts’s largest city, Boston. Although Suffolk’s county government was abolished in the late 1900’s, it still remains as a geographic area.
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