Tester Statement on Montana U.S. Attorney Nomination

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the White House announced the nomination of Jesse Laslovich to serve as U.S. Attorney for the state of Montana:

“I’ve known Jesse Laslovich since I served in the Montana legislature, and he is the right person to be Montana’s next U.S. Attorney. He’s a born and bred Montanan, a Montana Law graduate, and most importantly, a fair and experienced attorney with an accomplished prosecution record defending Montana families. We have a number of major law enforcement issues to address in our state, including human and drug trafficking, which is why I look forward to working closely with my Senate colleagues to get Jesse confirmed and on the job as quickly as possible.”

Jesse Laslovich’s nomination is a result of sterling credentials and a strong record of public service. Jesse served in the Montana Legislature from 2001-2008 while earning his law degree from the University of Montana in 2006. He has served as a Special Assistant in the Montana U.S. Attorney Office, an Assistant Attorney General with the Montana Attorney General’s Office, and as Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy State Auditor in the Montana State Auditor’s Office.

Jesse’s prosecution record includes successfully prosecuting the longest Ponzi scheme in Montana history (State v. Heffelfinger), recovering almost $1,000,000 in restitution for the victims; jury convictions of securities fraud in three separate cases resulting in jail and prison time for the defendants and more than $4,500,000 in restitution for the victims; a guilty plea to wire fraud resulting in the defendant going to prison and almost $300,000 in restitution for the victims; and a pyramid scheme case, which resulted in almost $1,000,000 in refunds to Montanans.

Jesse was born and raised in Anaconda, and currently lives in Helena with his wife, Jill, and their two children.