Eun Young Choi, most recently senior counsel to the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice, has been named the first director of the national cryptocurrency enforcement team at DOJ.
She will lead NCET in identifying, investigating and pursuing DOJ’s cases that involve the criminal use of digital currencies and other digital assets, establishing strategic priorities and improving the criminal division’s efforts to provide training to federal, state, local and international law enforcement authorities to further prosecute crimes involving cryptocurrency, DOJ said Thursday.
“Eun Young is an accomplished leader on cyber and cryptocurrency issues, and I am pleased that she will continue her service as the NCET’s inaugural Director, spearheading the department’s efforts in this area,” said Kenneth Polite, assistant attorney general of DOJ’s criminal division.
Choi started her career at DOJ as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she served as a cybercrime coordinator and prosecuted money laundering, cyber and fraud crimes. She also served as a law clerk at the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
“The NCET will play a pivotal role in ensuring that as the technology surrounding digital assets grows and evolves, the department in turn accelerates and expands its efforts to combat their illicit abuse by criminals of all kinds,” said Choi.