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U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker resigns

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa since 2004, has resigned.

Whitaker announced today that he has submitted his resignation to President Obama and will leave office when his successor is appointed.

While in office, Whitaker emphasized cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, focusing on gangs, child exploitation and drug trafficking.

Some of the significant cases prosecuted during Whitaker's tenure were:

  • United States v. Cunningham, et al, the "CIETC" case: pleas and convictions in connection with the fraud at the Central Iowa Employment Training Consortium;
  • Operation Wirebreaker: a coordinated District-wide enforcement effort seeking individuals that trade child porn on peer-to-peer networks resulting in 13 individuals being charged;
  • United States v. Wallenfang: conviction and sentencing of a child pornography producer from Ankeny;
  • Swift & Company Immigration Enforcement: charged almost 30 individuals with Immigration and Identity Theft charges with pleas and convictions;
  • United States v. Davis and Edwards: both defendants received 360 months in prison for their involvement in an arson in Iowa City that resulted in one person's death.

Whitaker has a Law degree, MBA and BA from the University of Iowa and was an All-American football player for the Hawkeyes.  He played on the 1991 team that went to the Rose Bowl. 

Matt will be inducted into the Iowa High School Football Hall of Fame on November 20th.

Upon stepping down from his post, Whitaker will join a Des Moines law firm as a partner.

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