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Prosecutor Tapped as Justice Deputy

October 04, 2003|From Bloomberg News

U.S. Atty. James B. Comey of Manhattan, who brought criminal charges against investment banker Frank Quattrone and led investigations in other Wall Street scandals, will be nominated as deputy attorney general, the White House said.

Comey, 42, would succeed Larry Thompson as Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft's top lieutenant if confirmed by the Senate. He has served in his current post since January 2002.

Comey has overseen many of the high-profile corporate fraud cases that followed the Enron Corp. collapse in 2001, including the prosecution of Quattrone, the Martha Stewart securities-fraud case, and the fraud investigations of former top executives at WorldCom Inc. and Adelphia Communications Corp.

As deputy attorney general, he would head the federal corporate crime task force.

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