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SEC Sues California Attorney for Role in Ponzi Scheme

In September, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) sued California lawyer Ari J. Lauer in California’s Eastern District Court over his role in alleged violations of federal securities laws. The lawsuit accuses Lauer of assisting in a… Read More
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Categories: White Collar Crimes
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Elizabeth Holmes Will Not Receive New Trial Despite Alleged Government Misconduct

Elizabeth Holmes, once heralded as “the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire” and the “next Steve Jobs,” was convicted and sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, despite a motion for a new trial based on questions about whether… Read More
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SEC Crypto Regulations

As cryptocurrencies and other digital assets increase in popularity, questions will continue to arise as to which federal agency will be primarily responsible for regulating them. Because of the popularity of crypto and digital assets, the federal go… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law

Spoliation of Evidence: Ephemeral Messaging

Popular ephemeral messaging apps like Snapchat, Confide, Wickr, and Threema are changing the way we communicate. Unlike traditional text and messaging applications, these apps provide encryption, screenshot protection, data storage, and automatic con… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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False Statements Must Be Material In Order To Constitute A Crime

A Maryland man sentenced to 32 months in prison had his conviction overturned because his false statements in a federal court case did not influence the judge’s decision. The appellate court found that, while the defendant’s conduct wasted public… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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Defense for Accountants Facing Fraud Charges

Individuals and companies can both face criminal fraud charges. While companies charged with fraud face substantial fines, individuals accused of fraud could serve a lengthy prison sentence and face additional collateral consequences, including loss… Read More
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Categories: Fraud
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Supreme Court Sides With Doctors Prescribing Opioids

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of two doctors accused of overprescribing opioids, raising the standard of proof the government must meet to secure a conviction in “pill mill” cases. The case defines the standa… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law
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Rise in Warrantless Searches at the FBI

In late April of 2022, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its Annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding the Intelligence Community’s Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities – Calendar Year 2021. T… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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3rd Circuit Ruling on Trade Secret Theft Case

In an August 2, 2022, decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that two defendants who admitted to stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from London-based pharmaceutical company GSK plc did not intend to cause the comp… Read More
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Prosecution Rises: Cryptocurrency Gatekeepers and Individual Owners

The popularity of cryptocurrency has been on the rise, and given its recent dramatic decline in value, the federal government is poised to step up its regulation and enforcement of criminal laws targeting its illegal use. The Biden administration has… Read More
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