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Fraud Abroad? The Fourth Circuit Clarifies When Defendants May Be Prosecuted In The United States for International Fraud.

This month, the Fourth Circuit issued its decision in United States v. Elbaz, 52 F.4th 593 (4th Cir. 2022) on rehearing. The Fourth Circuit clarified that the federal wire fraud statute does not apply extraterritorially, but that the use of United States wires to conduct foreign fraud can justify U.S. prosecution. This has ramifications for digital fraud and for venue

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Third Circuit Strikes Blow For Sensible White-Collar Money Laundering Decisions

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (overseeing district courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Island), took the extraordinary step of overturning a federal white-collar money laundering conviction. In doing so, the court limited the government’s ability to simply tack on § 1956 money laundering to major fraud cases. The case, United

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PPP Loan Fraud Investigations

PPP Loan Fraud Investigations If you or your business are under investigation for, or have been charged with, alleged fraud involving the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), you need the skilled, experienced PPP Loan Fraud defense attorneys of Burnham and Gorokhov, PLLC, representing you as soon as possible. What Is the PPP? In late March

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D.C. Circuit Limits Avenues for Compassionate Release

On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, decided United States v. Curtis Jenkins, limiting the available rationale for compassionate release under the First Step Act (FSA). The court found that compassionate release was not available where substantial changes in the law radically reduced the sentence a defendant would face if he had

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Statement Responding to Press Inquiries Regarding James Gordon Meek

Mr. Meek is unaware of what allegations anonymous sources are making about his possession of classified documents. If such documents exist, as claimed, this would be within the scope of Mr. Meek’s long career as an investigative journalist covering government wrongdoing. Press inquiries on this issue are troubling for a different reason: they appear to be based on statements from

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Statement in Response to October 3, 2022 Filing by January 6 Committee in Eastman v. Thompson, et al.

The purpose of what lawyers refer to as a “privilege log” is specifically to identify claims of privilege while avoiding disclosing the substance of client materials to the prying eyes of those who, like the January 6 committee, seek to undermine the attorney-client relationship.  Judge Carter found Dr. Eastman’s privilege logs perfectly adequate to dismiss a majority of the January

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Facts About Criminal Liability for Cryptocurrency

Last month, the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) placed sanctions on the cryptocurrency mixer “Tornado Cash” and associated wallets. This is part of a larger government effort to crack down on cryptocurrency money laundering and could raise additional avenues of criminal liability for those who use crypto currency in relation to other illegal activities. Not only will defendants be

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