“My Life Is Over”: Former Justice Department Prosecutor And Akin Gump Partner Pleads Guilty To Stealing Government Files

Jeffrey-WerkinUS-DeptOfJustice-Seal_svgJeffrey Wertkin seemingly had it all.  At 41, he was a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He came to the firm after a successful career as a corporate fraud prosecutor.  He had one more thing, however, that his colleagues were not aware of.  He had the non-public files of sealed lawsuits by whistleblowers.  His intention was to use the pilfered files to sell his inside information and services to companies.  He is now likely going to jail.  When the undercover agent told him that he was under arrest, he simply said “My life is over.”

This unbelievable story culminated in a bizarre scene where Wertkin was arrested wearing a wig and fake mustache while trying to sell a sealed lawsuit for $310,000 to a Silicon Valley high-tech company.  He will plead guilty on charges of obstructing justice and transporting stolen property.  That would seem a generous reduction of counts given his conduct.  He not only stole the files and spent months working on his criminal scheme, but after his arrest, he returned to Akin Gump and destroyed evidence in his office and on his computer.

What is incredible is how stupid he was in hatching this scheme to make money for himself and Akin Gump.  With a second company, he actually mailed an employee the cover sheet in the federal case to show he had the files.  Who in their right mind would take that bait and not call the FBI?  The employee did not know Wertkin or the source and yet Wertkin risked it all to sell the stolen files.

These files appear qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act brought by whistleblowers.

Wertkin is from an affluent family in New York and graduated from Haverford College in 1998 and earned a law degree and a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University. He is married with a young son and a daughter.

88 thoughts on ““My Life Is Over”: Former Justice Department Prosecutor And Akin Gump Partner Pleads Guilty To Stealing Government Files”

  1. Unfortunately for Wertkin, he didn’t get to take Professor Comey’s class in “ethical leadership.” Had he done so, he would have learned that he could only get away with his scheme if he also happened to be a member of the Deep State, operating in the service of the Deep State, like Sandy Berger and Professor Comey have. Professor Comey would have explained to Wertkin that the laws don’t apply to Deep State members; only the hoi polloi–or people like Werkin. So Wertkin ended up paying a very expensive lesson by not having Professor Comey to mentor him on the proper circumstances under which an individual can break laws and get away with it.

    1. This “Deep State” organization which you have so cleverly uncovered is intriguing. It appears your crackerjack sleuthing has uncovered a vast cabal of nefarious ne’er-do-wells, hellbent on forever eradicating our ‘Merican way of life, or fluoridating our precious bodily fluids, or some such.

      this is to “I save scraps of tinfoil, too” ralphie

      1. Marky Mark Mark – making bad references to a 60s film does not change the facts of the conspiracy. You are never going to be a litigator, they are going to eat you alive. Stick to filling out the Chapter 7s, they are safe for right now.

  2. Sadly people we expect to be a cut above prove to be much less. Strozck, Page, Or conduct themselves in a manner any of us would lose our jobs or worse. This group of people continue to work on our dime and in an agency that they shouldn’t even be in the same building.

  3. Perhaps I missed something. . .let me get this straight. . .he had the non-public files of sealed lawsuits involving whistle-blowers. . .and he obtained these, how?? This whole deal goes way beyond just wittle Jeffrey. Jeffrey has had some help. Help from individuals at the court. Help from other partners at his firm. Help from, perhaps, judges at the court. I doubt that he could execute this all by himself.

    1. He may have had legitimate access as a result of his work as a prosecutor. The sealed actions are filed and served on public entities to determine if they want to take over prosecution or otherwise intervene. Often considerable time can pass to allow for investigation and evaluation before the action is unsealed, at which point the complaint can be served on the defendants.

  4. I just Googled the salaries for partners at this firm, which, when one adds in all of the various types of bonuses and commissions, the salaries for partners can range from around $600,000 to close to one million dollars per year. It’s unfortunate. . .a wife, a young child, a promising career, a prestigious firm, a yearly salary, which some don’t earn in a lifetime of work. . .and, still, not enough. Still, the need to commit crimes to get even more. When is enough, simply, enough? I suspect that there are other individuals, at the firm, involved in this activity, since one of the motives was to make money for the firm. Not too sure that Jeffrey acted alone, in a vacuum. No mention as to the others who may have been involved in this behavior, but, if Jeffrey can cut a deal and get a better result, for himself, he’ll be singing like a bird.

    1. bam bam, my initial response, also. As if lawyers aren’t hated enough in the US, greedy weasels like this gotta ramp it up. “Dad of the Year” Winner. /s

      1. I think you and bams are missing an important point. As a government employee, Jeffrey pretty much had a guaranteed for life job, with a good pension, and easy work. But in the real world, he must produce something. If not actual work product, then some connections, favors, or something. If not, even the liberalest of employers is going to get tired of paying you to look pretty. (Imagine the stress Eric Holder must be going through!)

        Sooo, I think Jeffrey was just doing everything he could to make up for his lack of worth to his employer. My guess is, that he is a mediocre lawyer at best, and knows it.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

        1. Well, I’d agree he’s likely mediocre. It’s not as if law schools are limiting applications in the US. Maybe DoJ lawyers make a lot more than the govt. employees with whom I am accustomed to working, but it’s certainly not a get rich quick scheme. So, I figured Mr. Wertkin left the easy-peasy .gov job because he wanted more moolah. I mean we’ve seen that time and time again throughout D and R administrations. These people are not rocket scientists; all they have to do is trade on a few well-connected names to get their payday. And I don’t imagine Eric Holder has ever felt a minute’s worth of stress.

          1. And its not even a matter of smarts. Because you have to be smart to get through law school. But a lot of smart people fail in life. Because nobody really pays you for being smart. If they did, Librarians would be multimillionaires. You get paid for producing something of value to whoever is paying you. That requires work, and drive, and an ability to connect your brains to a good result, and sometimes it requires sheer dumb luck. And, if you are an employee, your job is not guaranteed. You might be a really smart and talented banker, but if your bank gets sold, you could be replaced by a cheaper kid who only knows 25% of what you know.

            That makes for a lot of stress in most jobs. And most nearly all of the above does not apply in most government jobs.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

    2. The making money for the firm may well have been some idea of his own that providing the information would result in connections which would, in turn, bring in business. Of course, any business that entrusts legal business to an attorney who introduces himself in this way deserves the legal representation it gets.

  5. Hard to feel sorry for an upper middle class twerp who has had an easy road in life. I know the type well and have spent much of my career working around them. They tend to be preachy, moralistic and love to talk about diversity while living in a gated community and sending their kids to a private school. They also detest people not from their socioeconomic background (unless they happen to be minorities) or from the middle of the country.

    1. I am not so sure that these kind of people don’t detest minorities. They pretend they don’t, but if I can imagine their inner thought processes, I bet for a lot of them it would go like this, “I really don’t like blacks, but I am a really good person, so I know my attitude is wrong. Sooo, the other people out there, the conservative types are obviously worse than I am, and if I don’t like blacks, then they must really hate and detest blacks, sooo they are racisssts!”

      That is the basis for psychological projection. Projecting one’s own thoughts onto others.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. Squeeky,

        Yes, they might dislike minorities but would walk over broken glass before criticizing one. As the late Joe Sobran once observed, “In their mating and migratory habits, liberals are indistinguishable from members of the Ku Klux Klan.”


        1. “In their mating and migratory habits, liberals are indistinguishable from members of the Ku Klux Klan.”

          Nicely done!


        2. That is sooo true. If I could wish for any one thing for Liberals, it is that they would have a Mass Moment of Clarity, and realize the horrible thing they have done to the blacks in this country in the name of “helping them.” Black American men are the only race of men who ever existed who do not know what it is like to meet a woman, fall in love, and then make a family together. At least 77% of them don’t.

          I bet there would be suicides.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

  6. My life is over….
    They never promised me a rose garden…
    I’ll be in heaven soon..
    Cause I’m killing myself like a loon.
    =– Lawyer from Akin

    1. Paul Ryan should teach an ethics class (sarcasm). The executives at Fox and CBS (the network’s news division is run by a former Fox manager) should teach a journalism ethics course (sarcasm).

      The Sunday morning shows at Fox and CBS didn’t mention Wynn. Paul Ryan says he’s returning the donations that Wynn made to his campaign. But, he’s keeping the donations he received from the Koch’s after the tax bill scam was delivered to the richest 0.1%.

      1. after the tax bill scam was delivered to the richest 0.1%.

        LOL! The Deplorables appreciate the crumbs. 🙂

          1. Your crumbs have an expiration date.

            A point the voters may consider in November knowing that if Democrats have their way, only the crumbs would disappear.

            1. We don’t want crumbs. We expect a government of the people, by the people and, for the people. The Koch’s and their fellow donor class can go to h_ll. If there is justice it would have happened long ago.

      2. You apparently voted in 2016 with these guys, who prior to 2016 your preferred DNC party classified as enemies of the state:

        Bill Kristol war monger, co-instigated Iraq invasion, son of a Russian Bolshevik
        The Koch Brothers
        George Will
        The Bush Krime Family Syndikate

        1. “Candidates aren’t compared to God almighty. They’re compared to their opponents.”- Pierre Trudeau

          1. And that’s why Trump won – HRC was too dreadful. Will the Dims learn from this? Methinks not.

        1. Ryan, king of the hypocrites. When his father died, the family survived on the Social Security. Now, he’s trying to destroy S.S., slapping the face of his deceased father to serve the Koch’s. Ryan attended a public college, a gift the taxpayer gave him so that he would have the opportunity that students at legacy admission schools have. He should pay the education money back with interest. Better yet, he and his family should reside in hypocrite hell, begging for scraps of food.

          1. You said, “Now, he’s trying to destroy S.S., slapping the face of his deceased father to serve the Koch’s.”

            Instead of giving us your conclusion, or opinion, could you provide us with the actual facts which underlie your opinion??? The actual thing that he is doing to “destroy S.S.”

            Thanking you in advance!

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporte

            1. Internet search Ryan destroying Social Security.
              Rhetorically, SFGR, are you the Kochtopus’ voice or, a foreign agent conveniently glomming onto America’s domestic destabilizer.

              1. I am not being lazy. I just want you to tell me in own words how Ryan is destroying Social Security. For two reasons:

                1. It is a subject I care about;
                2. I am curious if you have any actual facts to back up your opinion.

                So, please answer my question.

                Squeeky Fromm
                Girl Reporter

  7. Wertkin’s firm was D.C.’s top-earning lobbying firm.

    If Wertkin hadn’t resigned from the bar, he would have been a good fit for the Trump legal team. Without the law license, the GOP/corporate party can place him in the position vacated by the 24 year-old with the sketchy resume that Trump appointed to one of the 3 top positions at a drug policy, federal agency.

      1. The fight within the Democratic Party demonstrates the conflict between corporate interests vs. the American people. There’s no fight within the Republican Party because it is all corporate, all of the time. The Robert’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United provides the evidence. Justice Lewis Powell’s infamous memo provides further corroboration.

  8. Wertkin violated his obligation to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the traditions of the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Perhaps his alma mater will soon be offering an Ethical Leadership course as well.

    1. Wertkin stole and sold secret government information to make money. The Russian “what about…ism” arguments, ignore differences in situations so, I’ll provide a parallel with greater tie-in to the subject, Oily.
      If Deutsche Bank records show Russian money delivered to U.S politicians, who then acted in the foreign nation’s behalf, there’s some commonality.

      1. IF is a very common word in your suppositions. “Is or Are seem commonly lacking

  9. Right now I am not calling the FBI about anything. I would call if one of them got shot outside my door.

          1. Ask the Koch’s what agency they will fund to enforce American laws. Then, take a look at the legal proceedings in which they have been involved.

            Adding to the identification of GOP tactics… drill down demanding perfection for continued existence, for everyone but themselves.

            1. Linda – I keep my eye on Soros and the organizations he funds. I am not worried about the Kochs.

              1. Paul Schulte,…
                The Kochs? allowed him to go back into his office to destroy evidence?
                That appears to be Linda’s “answer” to your question.
                Those guys really get around!
                We know, because Linda sees them everywhere.

          2. Here’s more of the rich traditions within our Federal Bureau of Matters:

            Partisan operatives in or close to the FBI communicated snippets of information with reporters who didn’t demand proof or substantiation, then FBI officials denied to White House officials who knew the facts that they were seeding that information, then officials suggested that White House operatives were obstructing justice by asking for the truth to out. At a time when people are looking for patterns, this is a pattern of improper behavior that deserves focus from the media.


        1. Reading comprehension is a learned skill; one that requires practice.

          this is to “I didn’t really read the story” paulie – georgie

  10. 1%-3% of the population are sociopaths. Being a lawyer increases the odds. Without a father in their lives like the one described, the kids would be better off.

        1. I am just curious how she sees herself. If I had to answer a like question, without ego, I would say that “I am in the 1%-3% who are able to see things for what they are, not what I wish them to be.” Or, that “I see where things are going, before they even start on the journey” or “in the 1% to 3% of chicks who own AK47s and have a tactical knife or two on them.” Or, “in the small percent of Mensans.” Or “in the small number of INTPs.” Or, “in the small percentage of poets.”

          I guess I am in a lot minorities, huh???

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

    1. 1.5% of the population commit all crimes across the range of different types That percentage includes 1.5% of law enforcement as compared to their total number


      Arguing The Case For Police Accountability – Part 1

      May 9, 2010 @ 4:56 PM by David Packman

      That is an example of ‘is’ or ‘are’ not ‘if’ with valid references from a reputable credible source.

  11. Why wasn’t his office sealed after his arrest? He was allowed to return so he could destroy other evidence. Oh, I forgot, that stellar law agency, the fbi (lower case intendeded) was on the job.

    The post states he was selling the files to make money for himself and the firm. Where others aware and/or in on the scheme?

  12. White collar criminals with connections do not go to jail. Prison is only for the little people.

  13. It’s how the system is supposed to work.You receive an offer of illegally obtained information and you call the FBI.

    “Who in their right mind would take that bait and not call the FBI?”

    Who indeed? Donald, Jr, Jared, Paul…

    1. Enigma, you are such a hoot! Who says that the info offered Donald Jr. and Jared and Paul was “illegally obtained”??? Isn’t that kind of an obvious question, as plain as the nose on your face, or as plain as the 77% illegitimate birth rate???

      You have been regurgitating out silly racial-pandering canards and loaded phrases so long, that you have forgotten how to think, and how to argue. So, c’mon admit it. You should have asked that question first, shouldn’t you? And admit your failure to do so just makes you guilty of smearing people, doesn’t it?

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. GOTCHA aware of the week to the weak goes to Squeeky. How many of those are ony your shelves now???!!!!!

        1. Well, I ain’t bragging but I think I just got another one with my response to some silly shrill little twerp called Darren Rychlak, who basically just outed the Left with his diatribe on Authoritarianism.


          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

              1. Squeeky, it’s the Hillary is a cusser thread:

                Darren Rychlat: “I got a C note in my pocket. Dance for me Turley and it’s all yours.”
                Darren Smith, FTW: “I think Professor Turley is the wrong man to ask. You might be better served by a gay strip club since you seek a man pulling money out of your pocket while dancing for you. If this blog doesn’t fit your needs then I suggest backpage.com”

                1. Oh, I know. Once, I watched one of Venus N Furz’s “sessions.” This was like 12 years ago, in my young 20s. She is a friend of mine who was a part-time Dominatrix in college, and for a few years after. She just recently quit doing it for the few remaining clients she kept. Oh, what a sight!

                  Squeeky Fromm
                  Girl Reporter

    2. Pelosi, Brazile, Podesta, any of the Clinton staffs, a slew of college professors,

  14. Inexplicable behavior. It reinforces my fervent belief that judgment is far more important than intellect.

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