Patrick Stokes has been named as the DOJ's new Senior Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, the WSJ reports. In this position, Stokes will report to the Chief of the Fraud Section, Andrew Weissmann. Stokes was previously the Chief of the DOJ's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit.


As discussed here, Stokes has led the high-profile FCPA unit since February 2014, when he succeeded Charles Duross. Stokes is a career DOJ attorney with more than 17 years' experience. He joined the DOJ's Tax Division in 1998 as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. In 2001, Stokes joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and moved on to the DOJ's Fraud Section in 2008.


The DOJ also confirmed to the WSJ that Daniel S. Kahn, Assistant Chief of the FCPA unit since 2013, will now serve as Acting Head of the FCPA unit. Kahn has served in the Fraud Section since 2010. According to his bio at Georgetown Law School, where he is listed among the faculty, Kahn was the lead prosecutor on nine corporate FCPA resolutions, and was co-counsel in the first conviction at trial of a foreign government official for laundering proceeds of FCPA violations.