US attorney appoints Arizona prosecutor to fight against COVID-19 fraud

Posted at 8:29 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 11:29:58-04

With reports of coronavirus-related fraud attempts already coming in, U.S. Attorney Michael Bailey has appointed a federal prosecutor to take on the problem in Arizona.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Knapp will be the state's COVID-19 fraud coordinator, serving as legal counsel for the federal judicial district on matters relating to the virus and leading investigations into incoming reports.

“This kind of behavior during a national public health emergency is egregious and despicable,” Bailey said in a statement. “We will identify and prosecute anyone who uses the COVID-19 crisis to defraud others.”

Knapp is a longtime prosecutor and the white collar section chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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