2020 Law Enforcement Awards for exceptional service

 

Date: May 15, 2020

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

BOSTON – National Police Week was recognized by announcing the recipients of the Annual 2020 Law Enforcement Awards. Over 130 federal, state and local law enforcement personnel who contributed to the success of federal cases during the 2019 calendar year are being recognized for their commitment to pursuing justice and public safety.

These awards recognize the outstanding collaboration, investigative achievement and excellence, victim assistance, community engagement and bravery of agents, troopers, officers, investigators and others who work every day to keep the District of Massachusetts safe. Each year the U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts holds a formal ceremony during National Police Week to honor award recipients; however, due to ongoing pandemic, this year's event has been postponed.

Investigative Excellence Award

The category of Investigative Excellence Award recognizes individuals whose actions led to the arrest of a dangerous subject or the exposure of a significant criminal conspiracy. Recipients in two cases also received the Victim Service Award for extraordinary assistance to victims of a federal crime. The following cases and agencies were honored:

U.S. v. Jean Leonard Teganya

Recipient: Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. v. John Nardozzi

Recipients: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigative Service

U.S. v. Michael Babich

*Victim Service Award

Recipients: Drug Enforcement Administration; Defense Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations; Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General

U.S. v. Reginald Abraham

*Victim Service Award

Recipients: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. v. Addison Choi

Recipient: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Investigative Achievement Award

The Investigative Achievement Award is reserved for those who substantially contributed to the mission of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice. Recipients in one case also received the Victim Service Award. The following cases and agencies were honored:

Co-Pay Investigations

Recipients: Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, Office of Inspector General

U.S. v. Vinh Q. Huynh, et al.

Recipients: Boston Police Department; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Massachusetts State Police; Quincy Police Department

U.S. v. Michael Lee & U.S. v. Richard Silvestri

Recipient: Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. v. Christopher Roeder

*Victim Service Award

Recipient: Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. v. Michael Chapman

Recipients: Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations; Worcester Police Department

Exceptional Contributions to a Federal Investigation/Prosecution Award

The category of Exceptional Contributions to a Federal Investigation/Prosecution Award recognizes those whose actions significantly impacted law enforcement's ability to arrest, apprehend and prosecute a subject of a federal investigation; rescue and respond to victims; develop cooperating witnesses; or identify critical intelligence. The following cases and agencies were honored:

U.S. v. Kenneth Brissette & U.S. v. Timothy Sullivan

Recipients: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. v. Clarance Jones, et al.

Recipients: Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, Massachusetts State Police

U.S. v. Fathallah Mashali & U.S. v. Moustafa Aboshady

Recipients: Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations; Marshfield Police Department; Massachusetts State Police

U.S. v. Daniel Gibson

Recipients: Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, Special Enforcement Programs

Exceptional Bravery Award

The Exceptional Bravery Award is reserved for those whose actions showed such concern for others that the recipient's own safety was in jeopardy while assisting the victim of a federal crime or in the apprehension of a suspect of a federal investigation. The following case and agency was honored:

U.S. v. Dwayne Leaston-Brown

Recipient: Boston Police Department

Outstanding Collaborative Award

The Outstanding Collaborative Award recognizes investigators from a multi-agency collaboration whose exceptional efforts to overcome significant challenges led to a successful conclusion. The following cases and agencies were honored:

Document Benefit Fraud Task Force's Stolen Identity Initiative

Recipients: U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service

U.S. v. Erasmo Alexis De Garcia Castillo, et al.

Recipients: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Framingham Police Department; Massachusetts State Police

U.S. v. Ludemis Bonculescu, et al.  

Recipients: Braintree Police Department; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Chatham County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department; Chicago Police Department; Connecticut State Police; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Greenwich (Conn.) Police Department; Houston (Texas) Police Department; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; Massachusetts State Police; Norfolk County Sheriff's Office; Financial Crimes Task Force, New York Police Department; Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff's Department; South Carolina Law Enforcement Division; U.S. Secret Service; Waltham Police Department

Excellence in Community Outreach and Prevention Award

The category of Excellence in Community Outreach and Prevention Award recognizes individuals, or a team of individuals, who have shown outstanding commitment and/or innovation in the area of law enforcement and community outreach to include training, relationship building, prevention programs and other similar activities. The following programs and agencies were honored:

Project Safe Childhood

Recipients: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Longmeadow Police Department

Project Safe Neighborhood – Western Massachusetts

Recipients: Greater Holyoke YMCA; Hampden County Sheriff's Office; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; Westover Job Corps

Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative

Recipient: LIFT – Living in Freedom Together