SPRINGFIELD – State Attorney General Maura Healey has announced the appointment of new Western Massachusetts Regional Chief Amy Karangekis.
Karangekis was previously the deputy regional chief as well as holding the role of managing attorney for the Springfield office since 2015. In that role, she supervised all of the office’s criminal cases including human trafficking, public corruption, organized crime and narcotics trafficking.
According to a statement from Healey’s office, Karangekis joined the Springfield office in 2008.
“Our office’s work is driven by the expertise of our attorneys and staff who help us fight on behalf of the people of Massachusetts every day,” the statement reads. “Amy has been a champion of our office in Springfield for the past 10 years and we are excited she will take the helm as our regional chief and lead our efforts throughout Western Massachusetts.”
Healey’s Western Massachusetts office handles cases across the region including investigating and prosecuting crime plus pursuing fraud and consumer protection cases. It also has purview over workers’ and civil rights.
The AG’s Western Massachusetts arm recently played a role in a number of high-profile cases locally including the indictment of a man and a woman for alleged sex trafficking under the guise of “massage parlors,” and the prosecution of a pair of loansharks – Rex Cunningham Jr. and Brian Hoyle.
Cunningham and Hoyle were sentenced to jail in Hampden Superior Court while the other case is ongoing.
Karangekis replaces Assistant Attorney General Bart Hollander in the role, according to a spokeswoman for Healey’s office.