Wire Fraud

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2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

[Webinar] Business E-mail Compromise Scams - Practical Perspectives - January 12th, 10:30am EST

An increasing number of businesses are targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts controlled by...more

Indictment Issued in Law Firm Hacks

In what New York’s top federal prosecutor called a “wake-up call for law firms around the world,” three Chinese citizens have been charged with hacking into the servers of two prominent – but unidentified – international law...more

The Second Circuit Limits the Application of Two Guidelines Enhancements

In United States v. Huggins,15-1676, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, and Restani, sitting by designation) limited the scope of two Guidelines enhancements often applicable to white-collar crimes: (1) U.S.S.G....more

Hong Kong and Overseas Businesses Defrauded of over HK$1.8 billion (US$231m) in 2016

Email wire fraud scammers continue to target local and international businesses with victims suffering millions of dollars of lost funds wired to Hong Kong bank accounts. In December 2016, the Hong Kong Legislative...more

Five Indicted for Alleged $33 Million Fraudulent Mortgage Discharge Scheme

On December 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the New York Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...more

Court Rules Debt Collector Must Pay $3.9 Million and Go to Prison

On November 10, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the owner of a debt collection company was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $3.9 million in...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a...more

Government Charges Sixteen In $175 Million Pharmacy Fraud

On September 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida filed a five-count information, variously charging sixteen individuals, including three physicians, in connection with a scheme to...more

Being a Returned Fugitive from Justice May Not Be the Worst Thing

But don’t flee justice! This is not legal advice to you, but I really don’t mean to recommend avoiding problems with federal prosecutors by going to other countries where it’s hard for those prosecutors to catch up with you....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.21.16

The Treasury Dept’s Office of Financial Research has found that money-market funds are increasingly entering into direct repurchase loans with large investors and insurers—another sign that “participants in short-term lending...more

Wall Street Executive Pleads Guilty In Investment Fraud

Andrew Caspersen, a former managing principal of Blackstone Group, and a partner at Park Hill Group which raises capital for private equity, pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of wire fraud. U.S. v....more

Equity Trust Notches a Rare Defense Win in SEC Administrative Proceedings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak dismissed the Division of Enforcement’s charges against IRA custodian Equity Trust Company in connection with the company’s processing of investments marketed by...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

FBI reports $3.1 billion lost by businesses through “business email compromise”

Wire fraud crime has long been a problem for financial institutions and banks. However, wire fraud through email is a completely different beast. Originally characterized by law enforcement as an extension of traditional wire...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of RICO

In an unusual four-member majority opinion in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, the U.S. Supreme Court settled a host of controversial questions about the extraterritorial scope of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.7.16

In a gift to Wall Street today, Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled that May’s weak job numbers were low enough to prompt reconsideration of a June rate hike out of fears of pushing a fragile economy too far too fast....more

I Meant it at the Time: Second Circuit Reverses $1.2BN FIRREA Judgment

It’s hornbook law that a later intentional breach of contract, alone, doesn’t equal promissory fraud. Holding it therefore cannot establish mail or wire fraud, the Second Circuit reversed the Government’s $1.2 Billion FIRREA...more

Pro-Golfer Phil Mickelson Pays $1M to SEC to Settle Civil Insider Trading Claims, But Escapes Criminal Charges in Light of Newman

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of renowned sports bettor William “Billy” T. Walters on an alleged years-long insider trading scheme conducted...more

California Man Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges Relating to HAMP Modification Scheme

On May 4, 2016, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that a California man was found guilty of...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in McDonnell Public Corruption Case

Last week, United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer framed the overarching issues facing the Court during oral argument in United States v. McDonnell this way: “One, political figures will not know what...more

Two Federal Courts Uphold Criminal Convictions for Insurance Brokers

Two federal appellate decisions highlight the potential criminal liability for rogue agents. First, in United States v. Binday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld mail and wire fraud convictions of three individuals...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

DOJ Takes On Tribal Lending: Inside The Indictments

In recent months, the attention of the tribal lending industry has focused on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s emerging role in regulating short-term loans from sovereign tribal nations, but a new and even more...more

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