Charles Connolly, who led the prosecution office's public corruption and financial crimes unit, will be based in Washington and focus on corporate investigations and white collar defense work. Connolly oversaw about a dozen assistant U.S. attorneys.
At the U.S. Attorney's Office, Connolly was on the team that prosecuted Paul Allen, former chief executive of the mortgage-lending firm Taylor, Bean & Whitaker. He also oversaw the prosecution of executives at Colonial Bank. Prosecutors revealed years of fraud in an investigation that snared several executives from both companies. Taylor Bean executives sold hundreds of millions of dollars in fake mortgages to Colonial with the help of the bank's executives.