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Court Dispenses With Fraud Defense Based on Gumball Victims’ Disclaimers

The Chicklets and Runts vending machine at your local car repair shop last decade may have been one piece of a fraudulent enterprise that ensnarled roughly 7,000 victims. As CEO of Vendstar, Defendant Edward (“Ned”) Weaver...more

US Second Circuit Finds Testimony Compelled by UK Regulators to be Inadmissible in Criminal Proceedings

Creating a potential new impediment for collaboration between UK and US investigators, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York recently held that evidence derived from compelled testimony cannot be used in a...more

Chicago U.S. Attorney Creates New Unit to Prosecute Health Fraud

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On Thursday, July 20, 2017, acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Joel R. Levin, announced his office is increasing its attention on healthcare through a new Health Care Fraud Unit focused on prosecuting...more

Record-Setting Prosecutions in the Money Transmitting Business: Ways to Avoid Compliance Violations

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In the first several months of 2017, we have seen significant anti-money laundering settlements and penalties in the money transmitting business arising from lax compliance programs, including the record-setting Western Union...more

Fifth Amendment Prohibits Use of Compelled Foreign Testimony in U.S. Criminal Trials

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 19, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of two former London-based bankers, Anthony Allen and Anthony Conti, who were convicted in October 2015 on multiple counts of bank and wire...more

White Collar Watch (July 2017 • Vol 1, Issue 2)

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Welcome to the summer edition of Blank Rome’s White Collar Watch. In a world that seems to bring new challenges daily—such as the global cybersecurity attacks that were launched in late June—this newsletter is designed to...more

The FinTech Revolution: Enforcement Actions Brought against FinTech Companies and Their Implications

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This is the second installment in a series of articles. For an understanding of FinTech products and services and how they are disrupting the financial services industry. As law enforcement authorities and government...more

The Sessions Memo: A Significant Reversal of Policy?

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In May 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. attorneys, ordering all federal prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" as a "core principle" of charging and...more

DOJ’s Prosecution Of Health Care Exec Illustrates Unique Intersection Of Securities & Employment Tax Fraud Schemes

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent criminal prosecution of a medical doctor/entrepreneur for defrauding his company’s shareholders, the government employed a novel theory of securities fraud premised, in part, upon the defendant’s failure to pay...more

USAO Moves To Dismiss Charges Related To London Whale

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The saga of the London Whale appears to be drawing to a close. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss charges against two former JP Morgan derivatives traders who were colleagues of Bruno Iksil, the London...more

Nationwide Healthcare Prosecutions Targeting an Array of Practices . . . Is "Just The Beginning"

by Bracewell LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS"), continued its annual tradition of coordinating the filing of charges and sweeping arrests in...more

Second Circuit Hands Government a Major Setback in LIBOR Fraud Case

by Bryan Cave on

On July 19, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision that could impact prosecutions of corporate employees that result from multi-jurisdictional investigations, such as those involving...more

You Can’t Run From Justice

by Ifrah PLLC on

Just last week, a Kentucky lawyer by the name of Eric Conn was sentenced to twelve years in prison by a federal judge for bribery and theft of government money. Though similar sentences are doled out around the country on a...more

EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

Second Circuit Denies Public Access to Monitor’s Reports on Separation-of-Powers Grounds

In a decision that will provide reassurance both to prosecutors and to the institutions with whom they enter into deferred prosecution agreements (“DPAs”), the Second Circuit (Katzmann, Lynch, Pooler (concurring)) held in...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Narrow Definition of 'Official Act' in Politician's Fraud Case

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was convicted in 2015 on seven counts of honest services fraud, Hobbs Act...more

Second Circuit Finds That HSBC Monitor's Reports Need Not Be Publicly Disclosed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned the district court’s decision to unseal the report of a special monitor charged with supervising HSBC Holdings plc and HSBC Bank, USA, N.A....more

Bridging the Week - July 2017 #2

New SEC Chairman Previews Governing Principles; Stresses Commitment to Working With CFTC: Last week, Jay Clayton, newly appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, enumerated eight “guiding principles” that...more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

by Perkins Coie on

On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

Silver Conviction Vacated Due To Jury Instructions

Yesterday the Second Circuit (Cabranes, Wesley, Sessions, D.J.) released an opinion vacating the conviction of Sheldon Silver and remanding the case to the district court for further proceedings including a retrial. The...more

Court Remands Guidelines Sentence for Child Pornography Offenses Without Finding Procedural or Substantive Unreasonableness

In a summary order issued on July 11, 2017, United States v. Burghardt, No. 16-949(L) (Katzmann, Pooler, Lynch), the Second Circuit remanded a 322-month Guidelines sentence for distribution and receipt of child pornography...more

European White Collar Crime Report: Views on the key developments across Europe

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Europe at a glance - Across Europe, law makers are steadily expanding the circumstances in which companies can be found liable (whether criminally or otherwise) for the criminal conduct of their employees and other...more

When Does a Dog Bite in California Reach Criminal Status?

In California, dog bites are extremely serious matters. People who are bitten by dogs can suffer from permanent scarring or disfiguration, infections, amputations from severe back, emotional trauma, and other serious side...more

Insider Trading, Research on Evading Detection Yields SEC, DOJ Charges

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Trying to cover-up illegal conduct can, and usually does, make the situation worse. A research engineer who used material non-public information obtained from his attorney wife to trade in advance of two acquisitions while...more

United States v. Boyland, No. 15-3118

On July 10, 2017, in United States v. Boyland, No. 15-3118 (Kearse, Walker, Hall), the Second Circuit affirmed the conviction of former New York State Assembly member William F. Boyland, Jr. on twenty-one counts of public...more

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