EX-FBI lawyer to lead Se­ri­ous Fraud Of­fice

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY RAVENDER SEMBHY

FOR­MER FBI lawyer Lisa Osof­sky has been ap­pointed as di­rec­tor of Bri­tain’s Se­ri­ous Fraud Of­fice (SFO), re­plac­ing David Green.

Ms Osof­sky joins from Ex­iger, where she led the firm’s in­ves­tiga­tive and com­pli­ance ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing money laun­der­ing and sanc­tions pro­grammes.

A long ca­reer also saw her spend five years at the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion as deputy gen­eral coun­sel and ethics of­fi­cer, prior to which she did a three-year stint as money laun­der­ing of­fi­cer at Gold­man Sachs.

She also worked in cor­po­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions at Con­trol Risks, as a US fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor and as spe­cial at­tor­ney at the US De­part­ment of Jus­tice. Her ten­ure at the SFO be­gins on Septem­ber 3. Mr Green’s term ended on April 20, with Mark Thomp­son step­ping into the role of in­terim di­rec­tor.

Ms Osof­sky said: “I am hon­oured to be the next di­rec­tor of the Se­ri­ous Fraud Of­fice.

“I look for­ward to build­ing on the SFO’S suc­cess­ful record in the fight against economic crime and lead­ing an em­bold­ened SFO to even greater heights.”

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral, Jeremy Wright, said her in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence level will “en­hance the SFO’S ca­pa­bil­i­ties in this area”.

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