ATLANTA -- The lead U.S. prosecutor in the politically Banca Nazionale del Lavoro case has been replaced by a white-collar crime investigator from New York.

Howard Heiss, chief of the Justice Department's securities an commodities fraud unit for the southern district of New York, has replaced assistant U.S. attorney Gale McKenzie in the case again Christopher P. Drogoul, the Italian bank's former Atlanta manager in Atlanta.

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