U.S. Attorney for Southern Illinois announces resignation to enter private practice

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton has announced his resignation effective midnight on December 11th. After his resignation, he plans on joining a national law firm based in the St Louis area.

Wigginton was sworn into office as the US Attorney on August 27th, 2010 after nomination by President Barack Obama and unanimous confirmation by the US Senate. Wigginton served on various subcommittees and working groups of the Attorney

General’s Advisory Committee including Violent and Organized Crime, Heath Care Fraud, Civil Rights and Controlled Substances/Asset Forfeiture. From December 2012 to the present he has served as Chair of the Violent and Organized Crime subcommittee.

During his tenure as US Attorney, Wigginton directed and oversaw many important law enforcement operations targeting violent crime, public corruption, fraud on government programs, health care fraud and crimes involving the exploitation of children.

The Southern District of Illinois covers the 38 southern-most counties in Illinois, has a population of approximately 1.25 million people and encompasses a geographical area about the size of Maryland.

The United States Attorney’s Office, with staffed offices in East St. Louis, Benton and Fairview Heights, Illinois, has 32 attorneys and is responsible for conducting all criminal and civil litigation in the district on behalf of the United States of America.