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Toi Denise Houston

United States Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana
Assistant United States Attorney
Hammond, IN, USA

Toi Denise Houston

Ms. Houston, an Assistant United States Attorney, works closely with federal law enforcement, as well as, local and state law enforcement and prosecutors in investigating and prosecuting white collar crimes.

Professional Experience
Ms. Houston has worked for over 18 years as a white collar criminal prosecutor with over 50 federal jury trials. She has successfully litigated complex cases including money laundering, financial institution fraud, securities fraud, racketeering, regulatory violations, and environmental crimes. Additionally, she has written numerous briefs and participated in oral arguments, criminal and civil, before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Ms. Houston was an Assistant States Attorney who prosecuted numerous bench and jury trials, wrote many briefs and participated in oral arguments before the Illinois Appellate Court.

Ms. Houston has held and continues to hold the following positions within her office: Financial Fraud Enforcement Coordinator; Chair of the Identity Theft & Financial Crimes Task Force; Lead Criminal AUSA for the Environmental Crimes Task Force; U.S. Department of Justice Identity Theft Enforcement Interagency Working Group, Critical Incident Response Team, Regional Bank Fraud Working Group, Anti- Terrorism Task Force (former); SARs Review Team, (former Lead Attorney); Presidential Identity Theft Task Force, Criminal Law Enforcement Subgroup (former)

Ms. Houston has the following bar admissions: State of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. She has also been an adjunct professor at Valparaiso School of Law for over ten (10) years.

Professional Awards and Recognition

U.S. Attorney's Office, Special Act Award for Environmental Crimes and Identity Theft
U.S. Attorney's Office, Special Act Award for Identity Theft
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Victims for Crime
United States Postal Inspection Service, Detroit Division, Special Achievement Award
U.S. Attorney General Recognition for Assistance in United States v. Moussaoui
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director's Commendation
IRS-Criminal Investigation Division Outstanding Service & Contribution
U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Service Awards
United States Postal Inspection Service Award for Excellence & Professionalism
National Speaking of Women's Health Conference, Washington, D.C, Panel Speaker
Regional Speaking of Women's Health Conference, Panel Speaker
JROTC, Gary Community School Corporation, Brigade Commander's Board
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Panel Speaker
Elder Abuse Seminar, Panel Speaker

Juris Doctor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Illinois Institute of Technology


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