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Michael Sherwin

Assistant United States Attorney/Deputy Chief of the Health Care Fraud Section
US Attorney's Office for Southern District of Florida

Michael R. Sherwin, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice in Miami, currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Health Care Fraud Section, where he supervises 15 federal prosecutors and DOJ trial attorneys.  From 2016-2017, Michael’s section led the United States in health care fraud indictments, and criminal health care fraud trials and related asset seizures, totaling more than $300 million in stolen money being returned to the government and other private insurance victims. 

Before Michael became an attorney, he was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, first serving as a targeting officer for an F/A-18 fighter squadron on the aircraft carriers USS John F. Kennedy and USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of “no-fly zone” operations in Northern and Southern Iraq.  After 9/11, Michael was assigned to the intelligence staff of General Tommy Franks in support of combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he specialized in counter-insurgent operations.  

After his military service, Michael clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and worked at a law firm in Manhattan, New York; eventually joining the Miami U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008, where he has served in the Narcotics and Economic Crimes Section.  While in Narcotics, Michael was a member of the Bacrim group, which focused on prosecuting Colombian and Venezuelan Cartel leadership targets.  At that time he also prosecuted Jorge Maya, a close confidant of Pablo Escobar, who, along with Carlos Lehder, established Escobar’s first drug trafficking routes between Medellin, Miami and New York City in the early 1980s.  From 2011-2012, Michael served a special national security detail for the Department of Justice in Bagram, Afghanistan, where he conducted more than 250 terrorism trials with select prosecutors from the Afghan Attorney General’s Office before a national security tribunal.  These cases focused on prosecuting explosive engineers, insurgent recruiters, and Taliban/AQ operatives who killed civilians and U.S and coalition troops.  In this capacity, Michael also served as the primary liaison to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Ambassadors Crocker and Cunningham on terrorism detention operations in Afghanistan.  

After his overseas detail was complete, Michael returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and joined the Economic Crimes Section, where he has prosecuted a series of FCPA, securities, cyber-intrusion and tax fraud cases.  Most recently, Michael successfully prosecuted the first significant federal low-income housing tax credit case in the United States, resulting in the conviction of seven prominent real-estate developers and general contractors for stealing and laundering more than $37 million in federal grant monies and tax credits.