Steve C. Lee was appointed by the New Jersey Attorney General to serve as the Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs in April 2014. As Acting Director, Lee is responsible for managing and overseeing the approximately 550 Division employees who staff the Division's Office of Consumer Protection, Bureau of Securities, Office of Weights and Measures, and 47 State professional licensing boards which regulate more than 80 professions and occupations. The Division's broad mission is to protect the people of New Jersey from fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services. Acting Director Lee reports directly to the State Attorney General.
Prior to his appointment as Acting Director, Lee worked for almost nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting and trying various federal criminal cases. These included cases involving securities and commodities fraud, international telemarketing fraud, and violence and racketeering offenses committed by members of La Cosa Nostra and Asian organized crime.
During his career as a federal prosecutor, Acting Director Lee served as a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, the Public Corruption Unit, and the Organized Crime Unit.
While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Acting Director Lee successfully prosecuted a number of significant cases. As a member of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, among other things, he prosecuted and investigated insider trading offenses, market manipulation, and investor fraud cases, including the successful prosecution of a rogue commodities trader who was responsible for over $100 million in losses to a major U.S. investment bank. As a prosecutor in the Public Corruption and Organized Crime Units, Acting Director Lee successfully conducted multiple trials involving defendants as varied as members of violent narcotics trafficking organizations, a former elected government official convicted of defrauding the City of New York, and an Army Captain convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding contracts in Baghdad, Iraq on behalf of the U.S. Army. Acting Director Lee also led a prosecution team involved in convicting more than 20 individuals involved in an international telemarketing fraud scheme that targeted elderly Americans and led a joint federal-state effort resulting in the convictions of various members and associates of the Lucchese organized crime family.
Acting Director Lee earned his law degree at Harvard Law School in 2003 and his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College in 1999.
Acting Director Lee lives with his wife and son in Hudson County, New Jersey.
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