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US vs. Razzouk: Second Circuit Addresses the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act

In 2011, Sassine Razzouk pled guilty and was convicted of accepting bribes in violation of 18 U.S.C. §666(a)(1)(B) and three counts of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C. §7201. Razzouk was accused of manipulating contractor bidding systems while… 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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DEA Shutting Down Illegal Distribution of Oxycodone by Doctors

In 2020, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) targeted doctors in Philadelphia and elsewhere for conspiring to illegally write prescriptions for oxycodone and other opioids. Expect this trend to carry on into 2021, as the DEA will continue… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law
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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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USA v. Huberfeld: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

Sentence Vacated Following Improper Application of Federal Sentencing Guidelines In United States v. Huberfeld, 2nd Cir. No. 19-436(L), the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a 30-month prison sentence and a $19 million order of restitution in a… Read More
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OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE ENHANCEMENT U.S.S.G.S3C1.1

It is important to understand that failing to produce documents, producing false documents, or misleading investigators, even though the investigators are not state or federal officials, can have serious ramifications down the road. As such, it is es… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law

2019 – WHITE COLLAR CASES REVIEWED

FEDERAL HEALTH CARE FRAUD – “Pill Mills,” Medicare “Anti-Kickback” Frauds This year, the U.S. Department of Justice brought charges against numerous doctors and health care professionals alleging illegal distribution of millions of opioids… Read More
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Pharmacist's Statements not Suppressed – Expert Opinion as to Best Medical Practices Allowed

The Third Circuit’s decision in United States v. Ludwikowski, Crim. No. 18-1881, really underscores the importance of seeking the advice of counsel before ever speaking to the government or any law enforcement officer. In this case, Ludwikowski was… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes