Category Archives: Money Laundering

Bingo! A Defense Win Limits Broad Use of Mail Fraud Statute

The only thing I like better than seeing a defense lawyer win is seeing a friend who is a defense lawyer win. A friend of mine, Jay Nanavati, led a case to victory in the Northern District of West Virginia, … Continue reading

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Where Are They Now? The First-Ever Case Against a Compliance Officer over Failure to Implement Anti-Money Laundering Program

Nearly two years ago, I wrote about the government’s civil complaint filed against the former Chief Compliance Officer of MoneyGram. The defendant in that case is still fighting and the case appears headed for trial. As a quick reminder of … Continue reading

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Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Grand Jury But No Dismissal of Charges, Says Ninth Circuit

Prosecutors who engage in misconduct are rarely subjected to ethics charges. In a recent case out of the Ninth Circuit, the prosecutor engaged in wrongdoing, the court suggests that he should be referred to the bar, yet there is no … Continue reading

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March Madness: Drafting Error Leads to Dismissal of Criminal Charges against FedEx

Middle Tennessee State beats Michigan State. Yale beats Baylor. The Cinderella season is upon us. The next big winner is . . . FedEx. The government has accused FedEx of conspiring with online pharmacies to ship illegal drugs to dealers … Continue reading

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First-Ever Case Against Chief Compliance Officer For Failure To Implement Anti-Money Laundering Program at MoneyGram

A Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) ensures that the Board of Directors, management and employees comply with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and the company’s own policies and procedures. What happens, then, when the CCO is personally accused of … 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

Posted in Conspiracy, Indictment, Investor fraud, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Plea Agreement, Wire Fraud | Tagged | 1 Comment

It Depends On What The Meaning Of the Word “Note” Is: Tenth Circuit Holds That The Jury Must Decide When a Note is a “Security”

The Tenth Circuit recently issued an opinion affecting criminal securities cases and making it slightly harder for the government to prevail at trial. In United States v. McKye (No. 12-6108), the Tenth Circuit reversed the jury’s verdict for the government … 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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Wiretaps—They Aren’t Just for Insider Trading Cases Anymore: San Diego Businessman Sentenced for Criminal Customs Violations

As I follow the press releases of the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices around the country every week in my relentless effort to find interesting white-collar cases, sometimes a case jumps out at me because it is a little bit different. I … 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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