WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced today that Danae DeMasi-Lemon has been selected to aid in the development of asset forfeiture policies for federal prosecutors from throughout the country.
DeMasi-Lemon, an Assistant United States Attorney since 2015, has been named to two national asset forfeiture working groups that will develop best practices, review legislative proposals, and mentor new prosecutors.
“Danae is an expert in the field of asset forfeiture, and she has been helping to recover property for crime victims in West Virginia for many years,” said U.S. Attorney Ihlenfeld. “Her expertise was recognized by Department of Justice officials in Washington D.C. and led to her being invited to be a part of these prestigious groups.”
As part of the Asset Forfeiture Working Group, DeMasi-Lemon joins a team that provides guidance to the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. Group members aid in the development of new policies and the review of legislative changes, as well as provide instruction for young prosecutors.
With the Firearms Working Group, DeMasi-Lemon will help federal, state, and local agencies develop policies to aid in the forfeiture of firearms involved in federal crimes.
DeMasi-Lemon will continue to work in her home district where she serves as the Asset Forfeiture Coordinator, the Financial Crimes Review Team Coordinator, and represents the United States Attorney’s Office in the district’s Drug Court Program.