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U.S. Attorney names coordinator to prosecute coronavirus fraud

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Rudroff has been appointed to serve as coronavirus fraud coordinator for the Western District of New York, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Sunday night. He will direct the prosecution of Covid-19-related crimes.

Kennedy noted that U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed all U.S. attorneys to give priority to coronavirus fraud.

Kennedy said that fraud schemes include fake cures for Covid-19 offered online; phishing emails from people posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; malicious websites and apps that take control of electronic devices and demand ransom; fundraising for illegitimate charitable organizations; and medical providers who use patient information to create phony bills for tests and other procedures.

Before becoming an assistant U.S. attorney in December, Rudroff was an associate attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP and an attorney with the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. He is a 2015 graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School.

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