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Christie nominates former Asst. U.S. Attorney Ronald Chillemi as state insurance fraud prosecutor

chillemiRonald052011_optGovernor's choice must be approved by state Senate

Ronald Chillemi, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Newark and Camden, has been nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to be the state’s insurance fraud prosecutor.

Chillemi, 43, a Bergen County resident, was an assistant U.S. attorney for nearly nine years and prosecuted a series of significant white-collar crime cases and successfully tried numerous jury trials. He has won two national awards for his work, including “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in 2010 and a U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance in 2006. Prior to serving as a federal prosecutor, Chillemi practiced civil law for two years at the Philadelphia firm of Dilworth Paxson, and served four years as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, where he prosecuted major felony cases.

“Ron brings great energy and a wealth of investigative and prosecutorial experience to this position,” Christie said Friday. “He has dedicated his career to prosecutorial public service. I am confident that he will re-invigorate the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.”

Chillemi must be confirmed by the state Senate. He will serve in an acting capacity in the interim. He replaces John Kennedy who served as acting insurance fraud prosecutor.

“Ron Chillemi brings an abundance of talent and experience to his new position,” state Attorney General Paula T. Dow said. “The Department of Law and Public Safety is fortunate to have a quality professional of this magnitude. I am confident that he will build on the solid foundation that the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has established during its thirteen-year history.”

“I am honored to be nominated to this position and look forward to leading the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who seek to defraud our insurance systems,” Chillemi said.

The Insurance Fraud Prosecutor oversees the investigation of all types of insurance fraud, and serves as the focal point for investigations of insurance and Medicaid fraud in New Jersey. The prosecutor supervises a staff of 125 attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.

If confirmed by the Senate, Chillemi will become the third insurance fraud prosecutor since the office was created in 1998. Both prior prosecutors, Edward M. Neafsey and Greta Gooden-Brown, went on to become judges of the state Superior Court.

Chillemi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, earned a master’s degree at the London School of Economics & Political Science in 1991, and his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1996. He and his wife have a child

—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 
Comments (1)
1 Saturday, 21 May 2011 09:02
Al Kider
smaller gov? cuts in state emplyoees benies? raise the retirement age?layoffs dept cut backs???? all for him to continue to appoint/nominate more cronies into govt. that means more benefits/pensions to all who enter and they are 100% salaries and benefits into those pensions after they serve a small time frame i do not see any of those so called REPUBLICANS SUPPORTERS. screaming about that!!! oh that's right only those that are union DEMOCRAT SUPPORTERS are the target, can not wait till it is voting time... people wake up .....or just open your eyes if there is such a shortage of funds and no money to pay for it??? why why why appoint any one to any high dollar job does this make sense????? your all sheep!!!!!!!!!!!

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