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DOJ Reaffirms Aggressive Prosecution of Corporate Crime

Last fall Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the Department of Justice’s more aggressive approach to corporate compliance. In her policy speech this week, she highlighted a series of new policies and warned cooperating companies not to slow walk their disclosures, told prosecutors to speed up their investigations and expanded self-reporting programs throughout the [...]

By |2022-09-21T09:52:36-04:00September 16th, 2022|Asset Forfeiture, Business Fraud, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Charges, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Trial, Search and Seizure, White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Crime Penalties|Comments Off on DOJ Reaffirms Aggressive Prosecution of Corporate Crime

A Federal Restitution Order Leads to Garnishment of the Defendant’s Bank, Retirement and Stock Accounts

Courts uphold federal government’s ability to seize a convicted defendant’s 401(k) accounts to satisfy an Order of Restitution after a conviction at trial or a guilty plea.

Cyber Fraud – Romance Scams on the Rise

Cybercrimes – hacking, phishing, ransomware and the like - are well-known to every user of the internet. We are bombarded weekly with emails and texts claiming that we need to update our passwords, personal profile, and the like. Now comes the rise of what has been called “romance scams”. The typical scheme starts with [...]

What to Do When Federal Agents Come Knocking

It’s 6 a.m. or 8 p.m., your doorbell rings and two people are standing outside holding up their badges and credentials.  They say they are Special Agents with the FBI or IRS and would like to talk with you for just a few minutes about something important.  They ask if they could come in [...]

Attorney General Garland’s Emphasis on White Collar Crime

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning a hiring spree to investigate and prosecute pandemic related fraud and traditional white collar crimes. President Biden’s budget seeks $3.5 million to hire an additional 120 prosecutors to focus on pandemic related fraud and $325 million for 900 additional FBI [...]

By |2022-09-21T09:55:44-04:00March 10th, 2022|COVID, Criminal Charges, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Trial, Fraud Charges, Healthcare Fraud, Indictment, Pandemic, White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Crime Penalties|Comments Off on Attorney General Garland’s Emphasis on White Collar Crime

Health Care Prosecutions by DOJ’s Fraud Section

In addition to the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country that investigate and prosecute health care fraud, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division based in Washington D.C. has approximately 76 federal prosecutors devoted to such prosecutions. This DOJ Unit targets complex health care fraud involving illegal prescription, distribution and diversion [...]

Choosing the Right Attorney – What You Should Ask in the First Consultation

When someone is being investigated or charged with a criminal offense, it is one of the most stressful and unnerving times of the person’s life. It is common to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about who to hire and what to ask in the initial consultation with a criminal defense attorney. Below are some tips on [...]

By |2022-06-08T21:02:42-04:00January 25th, 2022|Attorney-Client Privilege, Criminal Charges, Criminal Trial, NJ Superior Courts, Privacy, White Collar Criminal Defense|Comments Off on Choosing the Right Attorney – What You Should Ask in the First Consultation

Lying to Federal Agents Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges – Always Insist on Having an Attorney Present:

Typical scenario – early morning, FBI agents show up unannounced at your home or workplace wanting to speak with you. You are not under arrest, they are simply investigating something that you can help with. Maybe it’s about your employer, or friend, or something you were involved in with others. You are caught off-guard by [...]

By |2022-01-14T14:02:07-04:00January 14th, 2022|Criminal Appeals, Criminal Charges, Criminal Trial, Fifth Amendment, Perjury|Comments Off on Lying to Federal Agents Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges – Always Insist on Having an Attorney Present:

Embezzlement, Employee Theft and Criminal Forfeiture

Chief Financial Officers, Account Managers and bookkeepers all, to vary degrees, are trusted employees who have access to corporate funds. Access to company funds, with little or sporadic oversight, can leave a company vulnerable to a variety of fraudulent schemes to obtain funds those employees were not entitled to. Common schemes include: The trusted employee [...]

By |2022-01-11T18:20:19-04:00January 11th, 2022|Asset Forfeiture, Business Fraud, Criminal Charges, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Trial, White Collar Criminal Defense, White-Collar Crime Penalties|Comments Off on Embezzlement, Employee Theft and Criminal Forfeiture

Virtual Grand Jury and Virtual Trial During the Pandemic

Around the country, a number of state and federal courts have started to use virtual grand juries to indict, and virtual juries for actual trials. If you are concerned that jurors involved in virtual processes may not represent a true cross section of the population, or that virtual hearings are inherently unfair, you are not alone.

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