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What to Do If You Are the Subject or Target of a Federal Grand Jury Investigation

A federal grand jury has enormous power. Composed of 23 people, a federal grand jury usually sits for a term of 18 months and meets regularly to review evidence presented by a federal prosecutor. Ultimately, a grand jury will determine whether there… Read More
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Second Circuit Upholds Convictions in Recruiting Fraud Case

In the January 2021 decision of United States v. Gatto, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the convictions of three men who were found guilty of fraud for funneling secret payments from Adidas to the families of top college basketball recruit… Read More
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Criminal Charges Allege Fraudulent Claims Under CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 29, 2020, and has provided more than $2 trillion in economic relief to help Americans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act originally authorized up to $34… Read More
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What to Expect in a Federal Criminal Case

Facing criminal charges in federal court is intimidating and scary. Any criminal case, and a federal criminal case, in particular, is complicated. It can be helpful and reassuring to understand how a criminal case works, and what to expect. If you be… Read More
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BitMex: Inadequate Anti-Money Laundering Program

On October 1, 2020, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the founders of BitMex, an offshore cryptocurrency derivatives exchange. BitMex executives are charged with violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and conspiring to violate the BSA… Read More
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SEC

An Analysis: SEC 2020 Financial Fraud Actions

On September 30, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) closed its books on FY2020 and, on November 2, released its 2020 Annual Report. Analysts have begun reviewing SEC enforcement actions to reach conclusions about the types of financia… Read More
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U.S. DOJ’s Cyber-Digital Task Force Issues Crypto Guidance

On October 8, 2020, the United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Cyber-Digital Task Force released new cryptocurrency guidelines. The 83 page report, entitled “Cryptocurrency: An Enforcement Framework” identifies cryptocurrency users’ lega… Read More
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Third Circuit Vacates Sentence of Former Vanguard Employee Accused of Money Laundering, Mail Fraud, and Tax Evasion

Scott Capps, a former employee of The Vanguard Group, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion in March of 2019. He also admitted to filing false tax returns in 2013 and 2014 to cover up the scheme. By challen… Read More
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Drug Quantity Proof / Evidence at Sentencing

In United States v. Rowe, No. 18-1192 (Apr. 2, 2019), the Third Circuit vacated the defendant’s conviction for distribution and possession with intent to distribute 1,000 grams of heroin because the government failed to prove that he distribute… Read More
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Supreme Court Holds That Guilty Plea Does Not Bar Legal Challenge to Constitutionality of Statute of Conviction on Appeal

The Supreme Court recently held that a guilty plea does not bar a federal criminal defendant from challenging the constitutionality of the statute of conviction on direct appeal. In Class v. United States, No. 16-424, _U.S._, 2018 WL 987347 (February… Read More
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