WASHINGTON –Assistant United States Attorney Jacob Schunk, Civil Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Iowa, was one of 162 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 34th Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.
The Northern District of Iowa was one of 35 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.
In addressing the award recipients and guests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “Today’s honorees earned the esteem of their colleagues. But most importantly, they earned the gratitude of our fellow citizens — the people whose communities you made safer, whose lives you improved, and whose trust you rewarded. Today, we pause to honor and recognize a small portion of your work.”
AUSA Schunk was recognized for his superior performance as a Civil AUSA. Over the past several years, Schunk has had tremendous success in building the district‘s Affirmative Civil Enforcement practice. The district now routinely resolves several False Claims Act matters and recovers millions of dollars each year for the federal treasury. Included among the matters he successfully resolved was a $5.6 million settlement with one of the nation‘s largest home health providers and a failure of care settlement with the owners and managers at an Iowa nursing facility.
“Through his outstanding work, Assistant United States Attorney Schunk has returned millions of dollars to the American taxpayer while ensuring those who make false claims are not unjustly enriched,” said United States Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. “We take seriously our duty to collect money owed to taxpayers and I am happy that AUSA Schunk’s excellent work has been recognized through this incredibly well-deserved and prestigious award.”
EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.