Iu, 37, joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2011, serving first as Special Assistant and later as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. Chillemi is going to work this week in the private sector after serving as Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor since May 2011.
“Ron has been a dedicated public servant whose relentless efforts to combat fraud have been enormously effective. As U.S. Attorney and now as Governor, I have seen his high quality efforts at work and I know that the citizens of New Jersey have benefitted greatly from his prosecutorial talents. I thank him deeply for his service and wish him the best in his new pursuit," said Governor Chris Christie.
Under Chillemi’s command, the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor incorporated more proactive investigative techniques, tripled the average prison sentence for convictions, and won the office’s first convictions for first-degree level crimes. Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Chillemi also oversaw record annual recoveries under the state’s False Claims Act.
“I want to thank Ron for his years of dedicated and principled service to the people and government of New Jersey,” said Attorney General Hoffman. “His leadership has helped strengthen the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and deliver justice to the public it serves. I wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”
Iu has served as Special Assistant and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Chris brings great energy and a wealth of investigative and prosecutorial experience to this position,” said Attorney General Hoffman. “He has dedicated his career to prosecutorial public service. In addition, he has demonstrated his superior managerial skills by overseeing a number of important initiatives in the Office of the Attorney General. I am confident that his knowledge and experience will make him a tremendous leader of the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.”
In his capacity as an assistant prosecutor, Iu was assigned to the Juvenile Unit, Trial Team and Homicide Squad. He handled hundreds of cases including narcotics distribution, aggravated assaults, armed robberies and homicides.
In the Office of the Attorney General, Iu has worked with the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, Juvenile Justice commission, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, Division on Civil Rights, and on special projects with the Division of Criminal Justice and the Division of State Police.
Iu also has served as a liaison with the Governor’s Policy Office and other departments in State government. Iu received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his law degree in 2003 from Seton Hall University School of law. He had clerked for the Honorable Joseph A. Falcone, J.S.C., then Assignment Judge of Essex County.
“I am honored to be appointed to this position and look forward to leading the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor in aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who seek to defraud our insurance systems,” Iu said.
The Insurance Fraud Prosecutor oversees the investigation of all types of insurance fraud, and serves as the focal point for investigations of insurance and Medicaid fraud in New Jersey. The Insurance Fraud Prosecutor supervises a staff of 125 attorneys, investigators, and support personnel.
Iu lives in Hoboken with his wife. They have one child.