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Ex-federal prosecutor Bell nominated for federal judgeship

A Charlotte-area attorney and former federal prosecutor was nominated April 10 to fill a federal judgeship in North Carolina’s Western District.

Kenneth D. Bell was picked by President Donald Trump, and if confirmed by the Senate will return to the court where he worked as a prosecutor for 18 years, including 10 as first assistant U.S. attorney.

“I am deeply honored that President Trump has nominated me to serve the people of the Western District of North Carolina,” Bell said in a statement about the nomination.

Bell’s nomination was recommended by Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, both Republicans.

Since 2012, he has served as the court-appointed receiver in the ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme which involves more individual victims than any other in United States history. To date, Bell has helped recover about $371 million and returned nearly $345 million to victims of the scheme.

As a prosecutor, he was responsible for the trial aspect of more than 200 criminal cases and was counsel of record in more than 100 cases before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

He was responsible for prosecuting the case of a Charlotte-based support cell of Hezbollah and represented House Speaker Jim Black during a campaign finance corruption investigation.

Jonathan P. Harmon, the chairman at McGuireWoods where Bell currently serves as a partner, said that he will do well.

“Ken’s many years as a superb trial lawyer and federal prosecutor, along with his acumen and integrity, will serve him – and the people of North Carolina’s Western District – very well,” Harmon said. “He’s an excellent choice.”

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