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Enforcement Bureau Adds Decorated Prosecutor to its Leadership Team

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Released: July 9, 2014


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July 9, 2014

Neil Grace, 202-418-0506




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

Collection Act.

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

of Law.


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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