Enforcement Bureau Adds Decorated Prosecutor to its Leadership Team
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FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU ADDS DECORATED PROSECUTOR
TO ITS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Katherine Winfree, Maryland’s Chief Deputy Attorney General,
Joins the Enforcement Bureau as Chief of Staff
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau announced that
Katherine Winfree has joined the Bureau as Chief of Staff. Ms. Winfree previously served as the Chief
Deputy Attorney General for the State of Maryland—the second highest law enforcement officer in the
“Kay Winfree is a seasoned prosecutor, proven manager, and dynamic leader,” said Travis LeBlanc,
Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. “She brings solid prosecutorial leadership to our enforcement
team, further enabling us to aggressively enforce the communications laws and combat fraud, waste, and
abuse in a manner that is tough, fair, and efficient.”
Ms. Winfree is a nationally recognized leader in the area of prosecution and law enforcement. During her
time as Chief Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Winfree supervised the 32 divisions of the Maryland
Attorney General’s Office. Last year, she successfully represented the state before the U.S. Supreme
Court in Maryland v. King, in which the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Maryland DNA
Before joining the Maryland Attorney General’s office, Ms. Winfree served for nearly two decades as a
federal and state prosecutor, trying high-profile cases including federal public-corruption cases and the
prosecution of the Beltway snipers, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. Among other roles
with the U.S. Department of Justice, she has worked in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division
and has served as Chief of the Economic Crime and Public Corruption Sections in the United States
Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. During her tenure as a federal prosecutor, she was the
recipient of the Harold Sullivan Award honoring her as the top prosecutor from among 350 Assistant
United States Attorneys. In addition to numerous Special Achievement Awards for outstanding
performance, she received the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Superior Performance Award
for leading a major federal money laundering investigation and prosecuting two major automobile
dealerships and their employees in a case that resulted in 19 convictions and more than three million
dollars in forfeitures.
Ms. Winfree is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Oklahoma College
The Enforcement Bureau is the FCC’s largest bureau and the primary organizational unit responsible for
enforcement of the Communications Act and other communications statutes, the Commission’s rules,
Commission orders, and the terms and conditions of FCC authorizations. The Bureau particularly focuses
on competition, consumer protection, communications funding programs, and public safety.
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