Category Archives: Plea Agreement

Here’s One Way to Afford the D.C. Real Estate Market: Seven Year Sentence for Defendant in Bribery Scheme Involving Public Official

By Sara Kropf For years now, the calling card of a big-firm white-collar lawyer has been, “I do FCPA work.” But all the focus on foreign bribery work overlooks the domestic bribery schemes that are regularly pursued by the federal … Continue reading

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Expected 151 Months; Got 276 Months. Is Cooperation Worth It?

Frank Castaldi’s story serves as a cautionary tale for anyone trying to cooperate with the government to get a better deal. In 2008, Mr. Castaldi turned himself in to government investigators, revealing his $77 million Ponzi scheme. Mr. Castaldi fully … Continue reading

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Never Too Old For Bribery? Florida Couple Sentenced for Offering $1.24 Million in Bribes to Obtain Federal Contracts for Foreign Military Goods

Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I took a few weeks off for the holidays and then tried and won a defamation trial in Virginia last month, sort of.  It’s back to the grindstone now, though. There … 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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Seven Years in Prison for $520,000: Airline Executive Sentenced for Accepting Kickbacks

Ryan International Airlines has had a couple of rough years. The company had once found success flying mail for the U.S. Postal Service and providing military transport for personnel and cargo. But as military spending declined, Ryan found its revenues … Continue reading

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A Broadway Musical Financed by a “Predatory Financial Sociopath”

I’m taking a break today from derivatives and insider trading, I bring to you: “Rebecca—The Musical.” It is based on the Daphne du Maurier novel.  (The musical, not the blog post.) Unfortunately, “Rebecca” is not ready for prime time, thanks … 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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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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