United States Attorney Richard B. Roper announced that he has tendered his resignation, effective December 31, as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, to President George W. Bush. Mr. Roper has served as United States Attorney since June 29, 2004.
"I wish to thank President Bush and Senators Hutchison and Cornyn for providing me the greatest professional experience and honor of my life. I am proud to have led the talented and dedicated professionals in this office in representing the United States and reducing crime in North Texas," said United States Attorney Roper.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Roper has directed some of the most high-profile and successful prosecutions in the country, including cases targeting international terrorism financing and exportation of sensitive technologies, public corruption, insider trading, tax, securities, mortgage, corporate and health care fraud, human trafficking, and international drug trafficking.
Mr. Roper has served on six Attorney General Advisory committees including White Collar Fraud, Cyber/Intellectual property, Controlled Substances, Office of Management and Budget, Violent and Organized Crime and Child Exploitation and Obscenity. In addition, he served as the Co-Chair of the Department of Justice's Internet Pharmacy Working Group.
Locally, Mr. Roper is a member of the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and he was the Chair of HIDTA in 2006. He is the Co-Chair of the Fort Worth Neighborhood Policing Board and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. He is a member of the Fort Worth Area Safe City Crime Commission and the North Texas Crime Commission. He also serves on the advisory boards for the Fort Worth Safe City Commission and several Weed and Seed sites including Pleasant Grove, Two-Points, Ferguson Road, West Dallas, South Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Southeast Forth Worth.
United States Attorney Roper received a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Justice for the Dallas/Fort Worth Anti-Gang Initiative to target those areas where gang activity was most predominant. Each area of the initiative's three-prong approach, enforcement, prevention, and re-entry, has been hugely successful. Statistics compiled by the University of Texas at Arlington show that gang-related arrests increased 82 percent, comparing data for the first six months of this year to the first six months of the initiative. To date, 2469 youth have participated in the prevention program, with a 69 percent completion rate. Of that group, the number of youth who have offended or re-offended is zero.
The study also shows a significant increase in school attendance by these youngsters. In the re-entry program, of the 320 ex-offenders referred to the program, 104 have remained employed for at least six months, and when 279 of them were tested for controlled substances, only six tested positive. Data further shows that gang-related aggravated assaults with a firearm are down 55 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the first six months of last year.
During his tenure, Mr. Roper's office prosecuted several significant cases that addressed some of the most significant issues of our time:
Mr. Roper began his career as an Assistant District Attorney for Tarrant County after he earned his law degree with honors from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1982. In 1987, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas. During his more than 25-year career, Mr. Roper personally prosecuted more than 150 jury trials involving a broad range of matters from major white collar crime, including tax, bank, and health care fraud, to narcotics and money laundering matters, to capital murder. He successfully prosecuted two federal death penalty jury trials as lead counsel.
Mr. Roper will be joining a major law firm in the area as a law partner.
Upon Mr. Roper's departure, First Assistant United States Attorney James T. Jacks will be appointed Acting United States Attorney, until a new United States Attorney is selected by the new administration.