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Understanding Federal Indictments: The Process and Implications

Facing a federal criminal charge is an intimidating prospect, and the pivotal moment in such cases often is the issuance of a federal indictment. This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of federal indictments, shedding light on the process leading up to an indictment and the implications it holds for individuals involved in federal criminal defense cases. What is

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Understanding Fraud Charges: The Importance of Intent and Defense Lawyers

When it comes to fraud charges, the government must demonstrate that the accused misrepresented or lied with the intention of deceiving someone else.  Although the typical fraud case will involve financial or legal harm to the victim, harm is not an element of fraud offenses. For example, attempts and conspiracies to commit fraud are violations of federal law, even if

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How Do You Know If You’re Under Federal Investigation?

There are various reasons why someone might be under federal investigation. It’s important to note that this answer provides a general overview, and specific cases can vary widely in terms of their circumstances and the laws involved. Here are some common reasons: Violation of Federal Laws: If someone is suspected of violating federal laws, such as those related to drug

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What is a “reverse proffer” and when is it used?

A “reverse proffer” is a term used in criminal law, specifically in the context of plea bargaining. Usually, a proffer session is a meeting between the prosecution and the defense during which the defense offers information in exchange for some sort of leniency or concession in the case. The idea is to “proffer” or offer up some kind of valuable

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In what instances would the Fed send a target letter to someone?

A target letter is typically sent by federal prosecutors to individuals who are the target of a grand jury investigation. A target, per the U.S. Attorneys Manual, is “a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor,

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DOJ Sends Clear Message on PPP Fraud

A man from Virginia has been convicted for committing multimillion-dollar fraud in the COVID-19 relief programs. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the man was convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud and bank fraud in connection with his fraud scheme that involved the misuse of COVID-19 relief funds, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic

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PPP Fraud in the United States

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created by the U.S. government in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides small businesses with forgivable loans to help them keep their employees on payroll and pay other essential expenses. The PPP was a critical part of the federal response to the pandemic, but it has also been

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