Monthly Archives: August 2019

OIG Investigations – Why Lawyers and Federal Employees Should Both Worry (Part IV)

By Dan Portnov If you’re a federal employee or individual under investigation by an Office of Inspector General, waiting for an update or some sign of progress from the OIG can be agonizing. As we’ve written before,[1] OIG policies and … Continue reading

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The Reach of Federal Blackmail and Extortion Statutes (Part II)

Note: This is the second part of an article that was first published in the ABA Criminal Justice magazine. By Sara Kropf In Part I of this article, we analyzed the difference between blackmail and extortion and examined the various … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Epstein is Dead. Now What?

By Dan Portnov (photo from In perhaps the biggest news story of a slow August, Jeffrey Epstein apparently hung himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan early Saturday morning.[1] Epstein’s suicide launched multiple conspiracy … Continue reading

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The Reach of Federal Extortion and Blackmail Statutes (Part I)

Note: This article was first published in the ABA’s Criminal Justice magazine in Summer 2019. By Sara Kropf In early February 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published an explosive blog post accusing the National Enquirer’s owner, American Media Inc. (AMI), … Continue reading

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