The Department of Justice (DOJ) has named Eun Young Choi has been named the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET), according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). An accomplished leader on cyber and cryptocurrency issues, Choi will spearhead the department’s efforts to tackle the growth of crypto crime.
The NCET comprises attorneys from across the DOJ, including prosecutors with backgrounds in cryptocurrency, cybercrime, money laundering and forfeiture. The team will set strategic priorities regarding digital asset technologies, identify areas for increased investigative and prosecutorial focus, and coordinate with domestic and international law enforcement partners, regulatory agencies and private industry.
Director Choi says, “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. I am excited to lead the NCET’s incredible and talented team of attorneys, and to get to work on this important priority for the department.”
Previously, she served as Senior Counsel to Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. Choi began her career at the DOJ as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where she served as the office’s Cybercrime Coordinator and investigated and prosecuted cyber, complex fraud and money laundering crimes, with a particular focus on network intrusions, digital currency, the dark web and national security investigations. She also served as lead prosecutor in a variety of cases, including the investigation of the hacking of J.P. Morgan Chase and a dozen other financial companies; the operation of Coin.mx, an unlicensed virtual currency exchange.