Category Archives: False statements

Calling DOJ’s Bluff: Why a Stand-Alone False Statement Charge Is the Sign of the Weak Prosecution

By Sara Kropf On September 4, 2019, after just a few hours of deliberation, a jury in federal district court in Washington, DC found former White House counsel Gregory Craig not guilty of one count of making a false statement. … Continue reading

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The Risk for President Trump (and Anyone Else) If He Answers Written Questions from a Prosecutor

Last week, news hit that Donald Trump had received written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. More interesting, President Trump asserted he answered them “very easily.” Here’s what he said during the interview: I write the answers. My lawyers don’t … Continue reading

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How to Prepare a Nervous Witness for a Government Interview (Part II)

By Sara Kropf In Part I of this series, I listed my first six tips for preparing a nervous witness (or any witness, really) for a voluntary government interview. Those tips involved a lot of the mechanics of preparing your … Continue reading

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DiscoCare Revisited: Why Was This Corporate Executive Detained Pending Sentencing?

Back in July 2013, I wrote a post about two executives at a medical device company in Austin who had been indicted for health care fraud. On June 2, 2014, after a four-week trial, the two men were found guilty … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Feds Indict Biofuel Executives For a $100 Million Fraud

The government loves to encourage us to be “green.” Drive a Prius and get a tax credit. Put solar panels on your house and get a tax credit. Heck, buy the right kind of heat pump for your house and … Continue reading

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All You Ever Wanted To Know About Illegal Fishing But Were Afraid To Ask

Henry David Thoreau said, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” According to the Department of Justice, a couple of commercial fishermen knew exactly what they were after when … Continue reading

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Quick Cases: Government Contracting Fraud

They say hell has no fury like a woman scorned. (Technically, William Congreve wrote “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.”) Maybe there’s also no fury like a government defrauded, … Continue reading

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Quick Cases: “Too Many [Health Care Fraud Cases] To Shake A Stick At”

This is the one of my recurring posts that offer quick summaries of similar cases. Think of them as the Kay and Peele version of my blog posts, though not nearly as funny and always safe for work. The Beastie … Continue reading

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With a Name Like “DiscoCare,” How Can You Go Wrong? Two ArthroCare Executives Indicted for Securities Fraud

A few years ago, massive securities fraud cases were all the rage. Over the last few years, health care fraud has been on the hit parade. Now, DOJ has managed to combine the two into one case. The former CEO … Continue reading

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Four WellCare Health Plan Execs Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud

On June 11, a Tampa jury found four former executives of WellCare Health Plans Inc. guilty of several charges, including health care fraud and making false statements to a law enforcement officer. The verdict came at the end of a … Continue reading

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