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Potential Penalties in a Federal Criminal Case

Being charged with a federal crime means you have allegedly violated a law enacted by the United States Congress, as opposed to a law enacted by a state. Federal crimes typically involve federally regulated activities, such as crimes involving the ma… Read More
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Third Circuit Limits Amount of Loss in Wire Fraud Case Involving Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

In United States v. Kousisis, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued another important and precedent-setting ruling and further clarified its decision in United States v, Banks, holding that even where government contracts are procured by misrepre… Read More
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Impact of United States v. Banks: Using “Actual” Loss Instead of “Intended” Loss

The United States Sentencing Guidelines provide courts with a framework for sentencing criminal defendants. In cases involving allegations of financial conduct and economic losses, the Guidelines place a heavy emphasis on the amount of loss as a prim… Read More
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Sentencing Guidelines: Actual Loss vs. Intended Loss

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were enacted in 1987 to create uniformity in sentencing, including for sentences white-collar crimes. There has always been a perception that white collar crimes were treated more leniently than other crimes. The U.S… Read More
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Choosing the Best Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important to know whether the person you choose will actually be handling your case at all stages of the proceedings. If a criminal case is in federal court, it is essential to have a lawyer who practices there regularly. Read More
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Second Circuit Judge Questions Fairness of Multi-Count Indictment Against Disbarred Attorney

In March 2021, the Second Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Queens, New York immigration disbarred lawyer who was charged with falsifying asylum applications. However, an appellate judge’s concurring opinion questioned whether prosecutors… 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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Second Circuit Upholds RICO and Truth in Lending Act Conviction

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of Defendant Richard Moseley, Sr., who faced criminal charges in the Southern District of New York for an illegal payday lending scheme. In 2018, a New York jury found that Moseley violated th… 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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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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