Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Investigators and Prosecutors of the Year 2016


The Federal Law Enforcement is proud to announce the recipients of the Twenty-Sixth Annual Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year. These awards honor representatives from each Federal Law Enforcement Investigative Agency and the offices of the United States Attorney (s) for the Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. The awards are designed to recognize excellence in service during the preceding year. The personnel selected for these awards are recommended by the head of each agency and approved by the Board of Directors of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF). Award ceremonies were held prior to today’s luncheon during which each recipient received his or her award.

The selecting officials for this year’s candidates are: Special Agent in Charge Mark McKevitt, US Secret Service-NJ; Special Agent in Charge Jonathan Larsen, Department of the Treasury IRS Criminal Investigation; Director Robert Perez, US Department of Homeland Security; Inspector in Charge Philip Bartlett, US Postal Inspector Service; Inspector in Charge Maria L. Kelokates, US Postal Inspection Services-NJ; Special Agent in Charge David Beach, US Secret Service; Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, New Jersey State Police Department; Superintendent Michael Fedorko, The Port Authority of NY & NJ; Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, Drug Enforcement Administration-NJ; Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter, Nassau County Police Department; Superintendent George Beach II, New York State Police; Commissioner Timothy Sini, Suffolk County Police Department; Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen, Department of Treasury, IRS Criminal Investigations; United States Marshal Michael Greco, US Marshal-SDNY; Honorable William Hochul Jr., U.S. Attorney Western District of NY; Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen, Federal Bureau of Investigation-Buffalo; Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, Federal Bureau of Investigation-NJ; Honorable Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney EDNY; Special Agent in Charge Michael Mikulka, U.S. Department of Labor; Honorable Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney SDNY; Special Agent in Charge James Hunt, Drug Enforcement Administration-NY; Special Agent in Charge Angel Melendez, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Special Agent in Charge Ashan Benedict, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; United States Marshal Juan Mattos, Jr., US Marshal-NJ; Special Agent in Charge Wendy Bashnan, US Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service; Special Agent in Charge Eileen Neff, USPS Office of Inspector General; Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney, Federal Bureau of Investigation-NY and United States Marshal Charles Dunne, US Marshals Service- EDNY.

The Investigators and Prosecutors selected to receive the Annual FLEF Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year Award represent the finest in Federal Law Enforcement. It is important to note in many cases numerous investigative personnel contributed to the cases in which the recipients have been nominated. The selected recipients represent all those who have contributed to the cited highly success investigations.

The Foundation wishes to extend its appreciation to the local and state agencies that have joined federal law enforcement personnel in their battle against crime and terrorism. It is also important to note that in many cases, numerous investigative personnel contributed to the success of the investigations for which the recipients are being cited. The selected recipients not only represent their agencies but also represent those individuals who have contributed to the many highly successful investigations cited in this year’s awards ceremony.

Prosecutors of the Year

  • Eun Young ChoiUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Brooke CucinellaUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Lorraine GersonAssistant United States Attorney
  • Brett HarveyUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Aimee HectorUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Laurie A. KorenbaumUnited States Attorney's Office
  • M. Kristin MaceUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Tatiana MartinsUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Howard MasterUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Matthew S. MillerUnited States Attorney's Office
  • Andrew Pak United States Attorney's Office
  • Daniel C. Richenthal United States Attorney's Office
  • Everardo A. (Andy) Rodriguez United States Attorney's Office
  • Burton Ryan United States Attorney's Office
  • Nadia Shihata United States Attorney's Office
  • Micah Smith United States Attorney's Office

Investigators of the Year

  • Vernon Addison Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Oscar Alvarez United States Marshals Service
  • Pedro Alvarez United States Marshals Service
  • Maggie Barone United States Marshals Service
  • John Basile The Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Robert Booth Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Erin Brandt Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • William Cannon United States Marshals Service
  • John Clinton Nassau County Police Depatment
  • Thomas Countermine Department of Homeland Security
  • Daniel Cullen Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Joel DeCapua Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Christopher Davies Department of Homeland Security
  • Peter Diaz Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jacqueline Elbaum Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Kirk Eleazer Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Justin Ellard U.S. Department of State
  • Frank Filippelli U.S. Department of State
  • Karen Flanagan Internal Revenue Service
  • Charles B. Fontanelli New York State Polcie
  • Stephen Fullington Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Daniel P. Funk Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jose Garcia Drug Enforcement Administration
  • James S. Gee United States Secrte Service
  • Dustin W. Genco New York Police Department
  • Luke Giannini Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Anthony Gonzalez United States Postal Inspection Service
  • Brad Greenberg Department of Homeland Security
  • Brian Hayes U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Jonathan Helmstetter Internal Revenue Service
  • Candice Henry Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Scott Alan Hill Rochester Police Deaprtment
  • Patrick Hoffman Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Kevin M. Hughey Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jimmy Lee Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Russell Lehnes Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Nicholas Ludovici Providence Police Department
  • Brian Macdonald United States Postal Inspection Service
  • Christopher C. Manna United States Marshals Service
  • Christopher Marsh United States Secret Service
  • Derek Martinez United States Postal Inspection Service
  • Anthony Matarese U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General
  • Colleen McCausland Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Sean McCluskey United States Marshals Service
  • Charles J. Mulham (Retired) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Brian Musselman Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • John O’Brien United States Marshals Service
  • Thomas Oertel United States Postal Inspection Service
  • Blaze M. Pecenak New Jersey State Police
  • Rachel Pierce Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Mark Ramotowski Homeland Security Investigations
  • Christopher Reyes United States Secret Service
  • Russell Richardson Internal Revenue Service
  • Evan Rubenstein United States Marshals Service
  • Katelyn Sake N.J. Law and Public Safety – Division of Criminal Justice
  • Raquel Silva New York City Police Department
  • Sean Smith U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Mona Sterlacci United States Secret Service
  • Todd Sweet United States Secret Service
  • Christopher Swenson U.S. Department of State
  • Paul Takla Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jeffrey L. Tarkin Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Benny Tirado Department of Homeland Security
  • Eric M. Tyler Drug Enforcement Administration
  • William P. Uhler United States Marshals Service
  • Jeffrey VanPeenen Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Peter Vu Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Eric Weil Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Ryan Wilgor Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Detective #1 Suffolk County Police Department
  • Detective #2 Suffolk County Police Department
  • Detective #3 Suffolk County Police Department