ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Neil MacBride, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is leaving his post after four years of overseeing numerous high-profile cases.
MacBride said Thursday that his resignation is effective Sept. 13. He was appointed to the post in 2009.
Under MacBride, the Alexandria-based office pursued terrorism, corruption, human trafficking, and white-collar prosecutions, and increased its emphasis on cases with international aspects, including drug trafficking, arms dealing, and piracy.
His office obtained a bribery conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., and brought a major copyright piracy case against Kim Dotcom, founder of the Megaupload file-sharing site.
Recently, MacBride had been under consideration for appointment as FBI director.
The office said an acting U.S. attorney will be appointed until a replacement is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
In central Virginia, his office took down the "Outlaw" motorcycle gang and secured a conviction of the largest fake ID ring in history.
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