Category Archives: Travel Act

The Reach of Federal Extortion and Blackmail Statutes (Part I)

Note: This article was first published in the ABA’s Criminal Justice magazine in Summer 2019. By Sara Kropf In early February 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos published an explosive blog post accusing the National Enquirer’s owner, American Media Inc. (AMI), … 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

Posted in Commercial Bribery, Conspiracy, Conviction After Jury Trial, False statements, Health care fraud, Kickbacks, Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Plea Agreement, Travel Act | Leave a comment

How (Not) To Turn $10 T-Shirts Turn Into $350 Million Fraud

You may think of the teen clothing company Aéropostale as a cheaper alternative to Abercrombie to buy t-shirts for your fourteen year old, but it turns out that the company was also the focus of a $350 million fraud scheme.  … Continue reading

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