Category Archives: Plea Agreement

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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How Far Can the Government Go to Search Your Computer? The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Era

Finally…a case that is not connected to the Galleon insider trading investigation, or SAC Capital or, any of the usual white-collar suspects.  In Galpin, the Second Circuit addressed the scope of the government’s search of a defendant’s computer hard drive, … Continue reading

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Quick Cases: Defrauding Investors

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. It is … Continue reading

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A Classic Example of Major Fraud from the Eastern District of Virginia

The Justice Department’s efforts to crack down on fraud against the government over the last few years have been tremendous.  DOJ’s effort is not just on the criminal front but also through aggressive use of the False Claims Act on … Continue reading

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What Do Guitars, Elephant Tusks and Paddlefish Caviar Have in Common?

Disclaimer: I wrote this post because I’m hoping that any time someone types “paddlefish caviar” into a search engine, this blog will get a hit.  Also, I’ve managed to fit in a reference to the B-52’s, so it’s a win-win. … Continue reading

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Quick Cases: Environmental Prosecutions

This is one of this blog’s 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. According to … Continue reading

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Helpful Tip of the Day: If You Work at a Bank, Don’t Send Your Friend a Copy of the Bank’s Grand Jury Subpoena

Karen Galo may have been trying to help out a friend, but now she faces five years in prison. In early 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida opened a grand jury investigation into mortgage fraud … Continue reading

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