White Collar Criminal Defense

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

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

Capitol Siege Defense Attorney: Media Ploy or Mitigation and Having Respect for the Client

“These are people with brain damage, they’re f--king retarded, they’re on the goddamn spectrum. But they’re our brothers, our sisters, our neighbors, our coworkers — they’re part of our country. These aren’t bad people, they don’t have prior criminal history. Fuck, they were subjected to four-plus years of goddamn propaganda the likes of which the [...]

Department of Justice Prosecutions of COVID-19 PPE Fraud

As discussed in a prior post, the Department of Justice has formed a nationwide task force comprised of AUSAs from each of the 93 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, as well as Main Justice. Together they total more than 100 federal prosecutors, to investigate and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing pandemic. The District of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito spearheads this effort.

Paycheck Protection Program Investigations

If you are a small business that was lucky enough to find a bank willing to accept and fund your small business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application, then a small portion of the $670 billion program went to an intended beneficiary. Unfortunately, many small businesses quickly learned larger banks were unwillingly to process their applications. News reports revealed banks received $10 billion in fees for the first traunch of funds dispersed, for which they received a set processing fee of 1-5% based on the size of the loan. A lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against several major banks alleges they moved larger borrowers to the front of the line, ahead of many deserving smaller businesses in order to maximize on origination fees. Some corporations received tens of millions of dollars from the federal small business lending program, which initially ran out of money on April 16. Although the program has been funded once more, applicants are under much greater scrutiny.

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