White Collar

  • December 14, 2017

    NC Prosthetics Co. Ran $12M Medicaid Fraud, Gov't Says

    A North Carolina prosthetics provider billed Medicaid for $12 million in durable medical equipment it never purchased, provided to patients or needed, the state and federal governments alleged Wednesday in a False Claims Act suit.

  • December 14, 2017

    Atty Wants Political Contributions Nixed From Bribery Suit

    The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA attorney facing charges over an alleged pay-to-play scheme in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday moved to exclude most of the campaign contributions he made to Democratic Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a day after an alleged co-conspirator copped a guilty plea.

  • December 14, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances USPTO Head, US Attorneys

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on a voice vote Thursday, along with nominees for five U.S. attorney positions.

  • December 14, 2017

    Meningitis Fraudster Says Feds' Push For $133M Must Wait

    A pharmacist convicted of fraud for selling deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to uphold its decision not to award the federal government $132.8 million in restitution while he appeals his case to the First Circuit.

  • December 14, 2017

    Questions Linger For SFO Amid Reforms, Hunt For New Head

    After years of questions about its future, the U.K.'s Serious Fraud Office won a reprieve this week as the government began hunting for the agency's new leader amid a broader plan to get more aggressive on economic crime. But questions remain about just how independent the prosecutor would be once the government creates a new white collar crime fighter.

  • December 13, 2017

    FIFA Trial Catalogs Broken Loyalties And Shifting Alliances

    As the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of agreeing to take millions in bribes from sports marketing companies began to wind down Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys attested to the culture of graft fostered over years by gatekeepers of the sport.

  • December 13, 2017

    Waymo-Uber IP Suit Sparked DOJ Probe, Letter Reveals

    Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation in the wake of Waymo’s California federal lawsuit alleging Uber stole self-driving car trade secrets from the Alphabet subsidiary, according to a U.S. Department of Justice letter to U.S. District Judge William Alsup unsealed Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    DOJ Asks 9th Circ. To Wipe Arpaio’s Contempt Verdict

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Ninth Circuit in a statement Wednesday that an Arizona federal judge was wrong not to erase former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction following President Donald Trump’s pardon of the matter.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ill. Woman Gets 3 Years For Clipping $1M From Landscaper

    The former office manager of a central Illinois landscaping company was sentenced in Illinois federal court Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for defrauding her employer of more than $1 million.

  • December 13, 2017

    2nd Circ. Axes Pharma Exec's Fraud Convictions

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday vaporized a pharmaceutical executive’s felony convictions for importing and selling unapproved prescription drugs, saying a judge improperly blocked testimony about legal advice that purportedly greenlighted the sales.

  • December 13, 2017

    3 Men Cop To Mirai Malware Attacks In NJ, Alaska

    Three men have copped to cyberattacks in New Jersey and Alaska involving the malicious software known as Mirai that paralyzed computer systems, including at Rutgers University, and temporarily blocked access to popular websites such as Twitter, Netflix and Amazon, in what federal prosecutors described Wednesday as one of their largest criminal malware takedowns to date.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ga. Contractors Get 8 Years For Defrauding CDC

    A Georgia federal judge has sentenced the owners of a Georgia-based company that supplied drywall workers for construction projects to eight years each in prison for misrepresenting to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that they had in fact withheld taxes from all workers, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Katten Atty Trial Halted Over 'Career-Ending' Claims

    The Martin Shkreli-linked fraud trial of former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel came to a screeching halt Wednesday, over unidentified “potentially career-ending” claims raised by Greebel's lawyers involving an unnamed government official.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ex-Deutsche Bank Trader's Libor Case Tainted, Judge Told

    Lawyers for former Deutsche Bank AG trader Gavin Black sought to undermine the U.S. Department of Justice in a Manhattan federal court on Wednesday at a hearing in which the government must show its London Interbank Offered Rate-rigging case wasn’t tainted by Black’s compelled testimony in the U.K.

  • December 13, 2017

    Istanbul Ex-Cop Never Saw Turkish Banker During Stakeouts

    A former Istanbul anti-fraud cop told a Manhattan jury on Wednesday that during stakeouts he performed in a 2013 bribery probe before being forced to leave Turkey, he never saw Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker standing trial on charges of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions.

  • December 13, 2017

    Rosenstein Says No ‘Good Cause’ To Fire Mueller

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Wednesday that he has not seen “good cause” to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, assuring Democratic lawmakers that the head of the Russia investigation is safe in his position for now, despite growing Republican outcry over perceived bias.

  • December 13, 2017

    Soccer Exec Gets Reduced Sentence For FIFA Scandal Role

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday credited 10 months toward the sentence of the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association for time he spent in a Swiss jail awaiting extradition for his role in the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal, leaving him with just five months of actual jail time.

  • December 13, 2017

    SEC Target’s Filings Too ‘Inept’ To Be Atty's, Court Told

    Counsel for corporate clients wrapped up in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit alleging a private equity executive stole $9.3 million from investors lashed out Tuesday at contentions that the executive is not representing himself, arguing his filings are too “inept” to come from a lawyer.

  • December 13, 2017

    Lithuanian Named In Facebook, Google Scam Working On Plea

    Evaldas Rimasauskas, the Lithuanian national accused of illegally inducing Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. to wire him roughly $122 million, is discussing a possible plea deal, according to a letter Tuesday to a Manhattan federal judge.

  • December 13, 2017

    Consultant Pleads Guilty In Pa. Pay-To-Play Cases

    A political consultant indicted for his role in two pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown entered guilty pleas in both cases Tuesday, after initially indicating he would fight the federal charges.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A View From The Monitorship Trenches

    Gil Soffer

    There have been many articles on the corporate monitor selection process, but you will find little guidance on how to prepare yourself for a job that has few parallels. There are three key lessons I have learned over the course of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act monitorship still in progress, says Gil Soffer of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Untold Story Of The Resource Guide

    Charles Duross

    Much has been written about the 2012 "Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," but no one has talked about the behind-the-scenes work that produced the guide — until now, say Charles Duross, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Considerations Before Self-Reporting Under New FCPA Policy

    Olga Greenberg

    The U.S. Department of Justice’s new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act policy confirms and reiterates the standards for voluntary self-disclosure, full cooperation, and timely and appropriate remediation. However, firms have to carefully assess the potential benefits along with the costs and risks, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: A Journey From Conviction To Dismissal

    Janet Levine

    The twist in the Lindsey Manufacturing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case was the truncated time in which we prepared. Having refused to waive their rights to a speedy trial, our clients took control of the case — this, along with the compressed time frame, forced the government to make errors, say Janet Levine, Sima Namiri-Kalantari and Megan Weisgerber of Crowell & Moring LLP.

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    My Strangest Day In Court: The Shkreli Trial

    Benjamin Brafman

    Having defended some of the most notorious defendants in 40 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I thought I was prepared for everything. That was until jury selection commenced last summer in “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli’s trial, says Benjamin Brafman of Brafman & Associates PC.

  • A Look Back At Key 2017 Sports Cases — And What's Ahead

    Helen Maher

    There was no shortage of off-the-field drama in 2017, with athletes deciding they could no longer “stick to sports” and the federal government inserting itself into sports-related controversies. The outcome of four controversies in particular may have implications beyond the world of athletics, say attorneys with Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • The Johnson Conviction And Fallout For Forex Market

    Paul Hinton

    The recent conviction of former HSBC foreign exchange executive Mark Johnson has shocked market participants and could lead to a reduction in liquidity for block trades in the foreign exchange and other over-the-counter markets, say members of The Brattle Group and AGN Advisory.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

  • Basic Human Rights: Whose Job Is Enforcement?

    Dan Weissman

    The cases of Jesner v. Arab Bank and Doe v. Cisco Systems pose different legal tests under the Alien Tort Statute. But these decisions could hold major consequences for environmentalists, human rights activists and even individuals who have turned to ATS to go after transnational corporations, says Dan Weissman of LexisNexis.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.