Category Archives: Mail Fraud

Marge Would Not Be Happy: The Simpsons’ Former Executive Producer Indicted for Fraud

I’ve written about fraud in the entertainment industry before. Last time it was Broadway, this time it’s Hollywood. The government recently indicted four employees of a California-based movie production company, Gigapix Studios Inc. (“Gigapix”), on charges of mail fraud, wire … Continue reading

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Is This Trade Secrets Prosecution Crumbling? An Update on the Eli Lilly Case

A few months ago, I posted about a trade secrets prosecution involving Eli Lilly employees. There have been some interesting developments over the last few months. In 2013, the government accused Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li of stealing trade secrets … Continue reading

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Special Victims Unit: Sports Stars?

In certain fraud cases, defendants allegedly target groups of victims, such as the elderly or members of an ethnic or religious group (commonly known as “affinity” fraud). But, today, I bring you two cases that involve a very specialized group: … Continue reading

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Corporate Kickback Charges That Involve Private Jets, A “Gentleman’s Club” and Marketing for Pharmaceutical Companies

Michael Mitrow, Jr. and his brother Matthew Mitrow were recently charged in a superseding indictment for a corporate kickback scheme in the Southern District of New York. The Brothers Mitrow were executives of an unnamed marketing agency. According to the … Continue reading

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This Time It’s Personal: Investment Manager Pleads Guilty to $72 Million Fraud Scheme

A few years ago, a woman was referred to me. She thought someone had scammed her husband out of a lot of money. I wish I could tell you I was able to help her, but I wasn’t. I always … 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: Environmental Prosecutions

If you thought legal work related to asbestos is limited to those late-night television ads asking if you (or anyone you know) suffer from mesothelioma, you’d be wrong. There is apparently a niche criminal defense practice out there, representing people … 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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Two New Indictments for Commercial Kickback Cases: Construction and Computers

Two recent cases in Missouri and New York make clear that the Department of Justice continues to investigate and aggressively prosecute not only public corruption cases involving kickbacks but commercial kickback cases as well. The FCPA gets so much play … Continue reading

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Can You Indict Corporate Executives Without Alleging a Single Act Showing Intent?

The president and the general counsel of an Idaho corporation recently pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud and bank fraud. Douglas Swenson was the president of DBSI Housing, Inc. and Mark … Continue reading

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