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The Justice Department has a new lead prosecutor for the district that includes the Sacramento region, Central Valley and the Sierra.
Benjamin Wagner was sworn in Monday as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. He was nominated by President Obama earlier this year and approved by the Senate last week.
Wagner has worked as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District for 17 years. Most recently, he’s led the unit responsible for prosecuting public corruption, fraud, tax evasion and identity theft.
The position is a political appointment. Presidents get to pick the lead prosecutor for each Justice Department district.
President Bush’s appointee, McGregor Scott, stepped down in January as Mr. Obama took office. Scott’s deputy, Lawrence Brown, has served as interim U.S. Attorney since then.