For Immediate Release - August 31, 2012

AG Coakley Appoints New Criminal Bureau Chief

BOSTON – John Verner, a former assistant district attorney with extensive investigative and prosecution experience, has been appointed Chief of the Criminal Bureau, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. Verner most recently served as Chief of the Public Protection, Anti-Terrorism, Corruption and Technology Unit (PACT) at the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

“John has prosecuted significant cases of corruption and white collar crime and directed investigations that dismantled major gun, drug, and organized crime networks,” AG Coakley said. “John will be an excellent addition to our team and as we work to promote public safety throughout the Commonwealth.”

Verner, a Cambridge resident, is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and Providence College. Verner previously served as assistant district attorney in Middlesex District Court, where he tried approximately fifty trials and received the 2002 “Scott Harshbarger Special Achievement Award” for his outstanding contributions to the district court. He then served as assistant district attorney in Middlesex Superior Court for nine years, where he handled criminal prosecutions including multiple homicide investigations and felony jury trials. Verner also prosecuted matters involving police misconduct, political corruption, large scale embezzlement, organized crime, narcotics, sexual assaults, violent crimes and robbery. 

In 2007, Verner was appointed Chief of the PACT Unit at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and held that position until recently joining the AG’s Office. In that position, he oversaw a unit of attorneys and state troopers that investigated matters involving public corruption, police misconduct, organized crime, white collar crime, and large scale narcotics offenses. Verner received the 2008 Middlesex District Attorney’s Office “Investigative Spotlight Award,” as well as the 2010 Middlesex County Bar Association Assistant District Attorney of the Year Award. He was also a frequent presenter at police and attorney trainings and served as Co-Chair of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s 2012 Homicide Program.

The Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau investigates and prosecutes a wide spectrum of criminal cases and also focuses on prevention and educational efforts to support public safety in Massachusetts. The Criminal Bureau focuses on cases that reflect the statewide jurisdiction and areas of investigative and prosecutorial expertise not addressed by other law enforcement offices, particularly in the protection of taxpayer funds and the integrity of governmental agencies.

The Criminal Bureau includes the following divisions: Appeals, Cyber Crime, Financial Investigations, Insurance and Unemployment Fraud, Environmental Crimes Strike Force, Enterprise and Major Crimes, Public Integrity Division, Fraud and Financial Crimes Division, and the State Police Detective Unit.