Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Investigators and Prosecutors of the Year 2014


The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Twenty-Fourth Annual Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year. These awards honor representatives from each Federal Law Enforcement Investigative Agency and the offices of the United States Attorney (s) for the Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. The awards are designed to recognize excellence in service during the preceding year. The personnel selected for these awards are recommended by the head of each agency and approved by the Board of Directors of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF). Award ceremonies were held prior to today's luncheon during which each recipient received his or her award.

The selecting officials for this year's candidates are: Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos, Federal Bureau of Investigation-NY; Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, Federal Bureau of Investigation-NJ; Special Agent in Charge James Hayes, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Acting Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, Drug Enforcement Administration-NY; Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Sica, US Secret Service; Special Agent in Charge James G. Mottola, US Secret Service-NJ; Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett, US Postal Inspection Service-NY; United States Marshal Charles Dunne, US Marshal-EDNY; United States Marshal Eric B. Timberman, US Marshal-SDNY; Honorable Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney EDNY; Honorable Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney SDNY; Superintendent Joseph D'Amico, New York State Police; Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates, US Postal Inspection Services-NJ; Acting Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter, Nassau County Police Department; Director Robert Perez, US Department of Homeland Security; Superintendent Michael A. Fedorko, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, Drug Enforcement Administration-NJ; Commissioner Edward Webber, Suffolk County Police Department; United States Marshal Juan Mattos, Jr., US Marshal-NJ; Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew McLees, US Department of Homeland Security, ICE; Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen, Department of Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigations; Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, New Jersey State Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Cheryl Garcia, U.S. Department of Labor and Director Chris Rodriguez, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness.

The Investigators and Prosecutors selected to receive the Annual FLEF Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year Award represent the finest in Federal Law Enforcement. It is important to note in many cases numerous investigative personnel contributed to the cases in which the recipients have been nominated. The selected recipients represent all those who have contributed to the cited highly success investigations.

The Foundation wishes to extend its appreciation to the local and state agencies that have joined federal law enforcement personnel in their battle against crime and terrorism. It is also important to note that in many cases, numerous investigative personnel contributed to the success of the investigations for which the recipients are being cited. The selected recipients not only represent their agencies but also represent those individuals who have contributed to the many highly successful investigations cited in this year's awards ceremony.

Prosecutors of the Year

  • Anthony M. BruceUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Perry CarboneUnited States Attorney's Office
  • John J. DurhamAssistant United States Attorney
  • Josh HafetzUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Mark McCarrenUnited States Attorney's Office
  • V. Grady O'MalleyUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Andrew PakUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Raymond A. TierneyUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Steven TiscioneUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Amir ToossiUnited States Attorney's Office

Investigators of the Year

  • Jason AllisonNew York City Police Department
  • John BarryUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Victoria BecchinaDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Valerie BelloUnited States Postal Inspection Service
  • Jorge BetancurUnited States Marshals Service
  • Eric BlachmanUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Justin BlackwellNew Jersey State Police
  • Daniel BradleyFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Casey A. CookNew York State Police
  • Thomas CountermineDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Chris DaviesDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Anthony DeCrescenzoDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Frank DeStefanoUnited States Secret Service
  • Mark DunnDiplomatic Security Service
  • Michael DunnDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Robert ElmenFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Douglass E. Farrell, Jr.Department of Homeland Security
  • Timothy GaffiganUnited States Marshals Service
  • Mario GarciaThe Port Authority Police of NY & NJ
  • Joseph GerbinoUnited States Secret Service
  • Hosam HashemDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Eric HarrisonUnited States Marshals Service
  • Elvin HernandezDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Fred IaccinoNew York City Police Department
  • Brendan KenneyFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Stephanie KocubinskiUSPS Office of Inspector General
  • Timothy LawlorDiplomatic Security Service
  • James M. LopezFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Regan MadoniaDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Jeffrey MarshallNassau County Police Department
  • Evan MartinezDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Joseph McCaffreyDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Liam McElearneyNew York City Police Department
  • David MeslerInternal Revenue Service
  • Thomas MichalskiU.S. Department of Labor
  • John Mirandona, Jr.Department of Homeland Security
  • James MorrisonUnited States Postal Inspection Service
  • Daniel MuñizHartford CT Police Department
  • Scott R. NawrockiFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mark NorbergUnited States Secret Service
  • Michael NowacoskiDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Peter NozkaU.S. Department of Labor
  • Francis O'ReganDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Juan OliveraDrug Enforcement Administration
  • John PachecoDrug Enforcement Administration
  • John PaigeDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Daniel PaivaSuffolk County Police Department
  • B. Warren PettusFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Hunter PhillipsDiplomatic Security Service
  • William PlittUnited States Marshals Service
  • William QuinlanUnited States Marshals Service
  • Michael RiccitelliDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Ronald RispoliNassau County Police Department
  • David RosenUnited States Marshals Service
  • Joseph RiveraDepartment of Homeland Security
  • Jeremy RobertsonFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Robert RyanUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Joseph SemblerNew Jersey State Police
  • Danielle SherwoodFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Sam StabileCustoms and Border Protection
  • Robert StreckerSuffolk County Police Department
  • Marc SulkinDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Cezary TchorznickiInternal Revenue Service
  • John VasturinoNassau County Police Department
  • Matthew WeavilFederal Bureau of Investigation
  • Christopher WeberNew York State Police
  • Thomas WheelerDrug Enforcement Administration
  • Ryan WilgorUnited States Secret Service
  • IRS-Criminal Investigative TeamInternal Revenue Service