WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri Schornstein is the recipient of the Anti-counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) 2013 Distinguished Service Award in appreciation for her many years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and her successful efforts to combat semiconductor fraud and counterfeiting.
"SIA and our member companies are deeply concerned about the dangers that counterfeit semiconductor products pose to our employees, the public, critical infrastructure, our military personnel and missions, and the U.S. economy," said Brian Toohey, SIA president and CEO. "We are pleased to recognize Sherri Schornstein for her longstanding and successful efforts to fight fraud and put semiconductor counterfeiters where they belong – behind bars."
Schornstein is stepping down from her position in the Fraud & Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia to assume a new position with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an independent federal agency responsible for regulating consumer protection with regard to financial products and services in the United States. Prior to stepping down, Schornstein served as head of the D.C. Counterfeit Microelectronics Working Group, a public-private partnership consisting of attorneys, law enforcement, the military, scientists, engineers, quality control and security professionals, academics, and companies from the semiconductor and defense contracting industries.
Schornstein has worked closely with SIA's ACTF to successfully prosecute multiple semiconductor counterfeiting cases and is recognized as the foremost prosecution authority in the country for such crimes. The ACTF's anti-counterfeiting whitepaper, which outlines actions that can be taken immediately to help stop the flow of counterfeit semiconductors into the U.S., is available here.
About the SIA
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is the voice of the U.S. semiconductor industry, one of America's top export industries and a key driver of America's economic strength, national security and global competitiveness. Semiconductors – microchips that control all modern electronics – enable the systems and products that we use to work, communicate, travel, entertain, harness energy, treat illness, and make new scientific discoveries. The semiconductor industry directly employs nearly a quarter of a million people in the U.S. In 2012, U.S. semiconductor sales totaled more than $146 billion, and semiconductors make the global trillion dollar electronics industry possible. Founded in 1977 by five microelectronics pioneers, SIA unites companies that account for 80 percent of America's semiconductor production. Through this coalition, SIA seeks to strengthen U.S. leadership of semiconductor design and manufacturing by working with Congress, the Administration and other key industry stakeholders to encourage policies and regulations that fuel innovation, propel business and drive international competition. Learn more at www.semiconductors.org.
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