Donnelly Announces President’s Nomination of Winfield Ong to Fill U.S. District Court Opening

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that President Obama has nominated Winfield D. Ong to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, created when Judge Sarah Evans Barker assumed senior status.  

Donnelly said, “Winfield Ong is an excellent candidate to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He has been a dedicated public servant, serving for more than 26 years in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana. From his early experience as a law clerk to a former judge on this very court, to his years of service as a federal prosecutor working on matters ranging from employment law to organized crime, and his current role as Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Winfield Ong has an impressive range of experience in federal practice. He has demonstrated the legal acumen and temperament necessary to serve Hoosiers well on the federal bench, and I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.”

Ong, a native of Evansville and resident of Indianapolis, graduated from DePauw University and has spent most of his career working in Indiana. Early in his legal career, Ong clerked for Judge Gene E. Brooks, Chief Judge, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and went on to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana’s Civil Division and then as Director and Counsel of the Integrity Division of Anthem/Wellpoint before returning to the District Attorney’s Office. He has served on the Organized Crime and Drug Task Force, as Appellate Counsel, and as criminal co-chair of the Health Care Fraud Task Force.

In recent years, Ong has specialized in white-collar fraud cases, and currently serves as Chief of the Criminal Division. Ong was recognized for leading the prosecution of Tim Durham, who was found guilty of defrauding investors out of millions of dollars, resulting in the largest white-collar fraud sentence imposed in the Southern District of Indiana. Durham and his co-conspirators defrauded approximately 5,000 victims who lost $200 million to their scheme. For his work on this case, Ong received a prestigious Director’s Award from the Department of Justice, recognizing Assistant United States Attorneys who have distinguished themselves through the outstanding performance of their duties.