Legal Blog: Federal Crimes

Attorney Eugene Gorokhov’s Insights into the FTX Wire Fraud and Conspiracy Case Involving Bankman-Fried

Blockchain and crypto fraud attorney Eugene Gorokhov recently provided analysis for a Law360 article titled “What Crypto Attys Will Be Watching During The SBF Trial.” The criminal trial of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the founder of FTX, on seven charges of wire fraud and conspiracy, has started in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bankman-Fried stands

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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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Basics of Freedom Access to Clinic Entrances Act – FACE Act

What Everyone Needs to Know About the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act  While the Dobbs decision by the Supreme Court in June 2022 has reverted the issue of abortion to the states, the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act remains in force as a federal protection for people seeking reproductive health services, which includes both abortion

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Penalties of Mishandling Classified Documents in the United States

Mishandling classified document offenses is a serious crime that can carry severe penalties. These offenses are defined by a variety of statutes, including 18 USC § 783(b), 18 USC § 793(e), 18 USC § 952, and 18 USC § 1924. 18 USC § 783(b) deals with the receipt of classified information by foreigners and their agents. Under this statute, it

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What Should You Do If You Are Being Investigated for Cryptocurrency Fraud?

The issue of criminal charges relating to cryptocurrency has been brought to the forefront by the recent arrest of Samuel Bankman-Fried, founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, in the Bahamas on charges including multiple forms of fraud and the conspiracy to commit fraud, campaign finance charges, and money laundering. If you are being investigated for cryptocurrency fraud, you may wonder what

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