United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton has announced his resignation. Wigginton’s resignation will be effective at midnight on December 11. Following his resignation, Wigginton plans on joining a national law firm based in the St. Louis area.
Wigginton was sworn into office in August 2010. He was nominated by President Obama, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. While serving in office, he was part of several subcommittees and working groups, including Violent and Organized Crime and Health Cae Fraud.
During his five years in office, 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. He took a very aggressive stand targeting prohibited persons from possessing weapons. Wigginton was recognized in a release from the Department of Justice for substantially increasing the number of prosecutions of public officials and law enforcement officers caught violating the law. During Wiggington’s time as US Attorney over $450,000,000 was recovered through enforcement of both civil and criminal actions.
The Southern District of Illinois covers the 38 southern-most counties in Illinois.