Jenny Sugar is a member of Moore & Van Allen's Litigation group. She represents corporations and executives in white collar criminal and government enforcement investigations, proceedings, and trials.


As a federal prosecutor for more than two decades, Jenny investigated, prosecuted, and oversaw matters involving a broad range of complex financial crimes, including investment fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, Ponzi schemes, money laundering, and abuse of government funding programs, as well as health care fraud matters.

In addition to serving as the Deputy Criminal Chief of the White Collar section of the WDNC U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than five years, Jenny was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than eight years and a federal prosecutor in DOJ’s Tax Division in Washington, D.C. for more than seven years. In addition to her investigative and trial responsibilities, Sugar also provided mentorship and training in various capacities, advised on professional conduct issues, and participated in evaluations of other U.S. Attorneys’ Offices. Jenny has spoken at numerous BSA/AML conferences for financial institution professionals and has also provided trainings at various events, including for local and national Bar Associations, on topics including government program fraud, tax fraud, investment fraud, and elder fraud.

Jenny was lead prosecutor in United States v. William “Todd” Coontz, a high-profile investigation and tax fraud trial of a Charlotte-based televangelist in which the jury convicted the defendant of all counts, including filing false tax returns. Her work as lead prosecutor in United States v. Paul Burks, a trial involving a $900 million Ponzi scheme by a former ZeekRewards executive, earned her recognition as the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators’ 2017 International Prosecutor of the Year.

Jenny launched her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, where she spent over seven years prosecuting tax fraud cases and acting as counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General.



  • Vice President, Levine Jewish Community Center’s Board
  • Member, Temple Beth El



J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., University of Texas at Austin


  • North Carolina
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