Civil Forfeiture

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DOJ Reaffirms Commitment to Prosecuting Individuals, Toughens Expectation for Corporate Response

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum ("The Yates memo") on September 9, 2015 by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, reaffirming the Government's commitment to prosecuting individuals. Say...more

Claim Against The United States Cannot Be Assigned - Fee Award Fails Too

In U.S. v. Kim, 2015 DJDAR 9233, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided a complex case under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA). An attorney successfully represented a family in...more

Second Circuit Limits Government's Ability To Seize Assets Without A Warrant

In the recent decision United States v. Cosme, 14-1625-cr, a panel of the Second Circuit held that the government cannot seize and then hold a defendant's property pending the resolution of criminal charges without a judicial...more

Small Local Bank Agrees to $4.5 Million Penalty for Ineffective Anti-Money Laundering Program and Structured Transactions

On June 15, multiple federal agencies issued a $4.5 million penalty against a local bank that admitted to failing to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. The coordinated enforcement action by multiple agencies...more

Summary Judgment overturned on finding that material facts in dispute

The case involves the appeal of final summary judgment in a suit for civil forfeiture of $2,470.00. The currency was seized based on allegations that the currency’s owner (“Owner”) sold cocaine....more

Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action Against Real Estate Allegedly Linked to Honduran Bribery Scheme Underscores...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil forfeiture action seeking to recover certain Louisiana real estate allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid to a former Honduran...more

IRS to Ease Up on Civil Forfeitures for Structured Deposits

Depositors to banks who intentionally limit cash deposits to under $10,000 to avoid triggering information reporting requirements by the bank (currency transaction reports) can be committing a crime, even though they are...more

SAC Pleads Guilty To Five Counts Of Securities Fraud; Agrees To Pay Largest Fine In History for Insider Trading Offenses

SAC Capital Advisors pleaded guilty last Friday to securities fraud claims brought by the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. If approved, the deal would require SAC to pay a $1.2 billion penalty, including a $900 million criminal...more

Criminal Forfeiture and SAC Capital

As you probably know, federal prosecutors indicted SAC Capital Advisors LP and a number of related entities last Thursday on wire fraud and securities fraud charges connected to its alleged insider trading over the last five...more

International Bribery Charges Against Broker-Dealer Employees Result From SEC Exam

On May 7, the DOJ charged two employees of a U.S. broker-dealer and a senior official in Venezuela’s state economic development bank for their alleged roles in what the DOJ describes as a “massive international bribery...more

Department of Justice Enters Historic Agreement with Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today that Poker Stars will acquire Full Tilt Poker’s assets in a transaction that ends the DOJ’s civil forfeiture case against Full Tilt. Both Full...more

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