Legal Blog: Federal Crimes

Some Practical Tips on Federal Inspector General (OIG) Investigations

In a prior post, we laid out some basics about investigations conducted by federal offices of inspectors general (OIG).  It focused on the purpose and authority of OIG’s as set forth in federal law.  Here, we’ll give you a few practical tips we’ve picked up over the years you won’t find in the U.S. Code.  We’ll tell you some important

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Federal Inspector General Investigations

The Role and Authority of Federal Inspectors General The Inspector General Act of 1978 established IG offices in many federal agencies.  One of the responsibilities given to these offices was investigation of fraud.  Since 1978, the number of federal Inspectors General has increased from 12 to more than 75. To carry out their duty to investigate fraud, IG offices are

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Acquittal of Client Charged with Conspiracies to Commit Health Care Fraud, Mail Fraud, and to Violate the Anti-kickback Statute

On June 23, 2022, a jury in US District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland returned a not guilty verdict on all counts for Burnham & Gorokhov’s client, Donnie Amis.  The prosecution alleged that our client and his co-defendant participated in conspiracies to defraud Medicaid and to illegally recruit patients to a DC dental practice.  Through its verdict, the jury completely rejected

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Statement Regarding June 7 Order in Eastman v. Thompson, et al.

The Court upheld Dr. Eastman’s claims of privilege over 440 of the 599 documents at issue.  The Court also upheld in part Dr. Eastman’s argument that certain of the materials sought by the January 6th committee were protected by the First Amendment.  The decision represents the first time a federal court has held that the January 6th committee’s activities infringe

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STATEMENT ON MARCH 28 RULING IN EASTMAN V. THOMPSON ET AL.

As an attorney, Dr. John Eastman has the responsibility to protect the confidences of his clients to the fullest extent of the law.  Dr. Eastman’s case against the January 6 committee seeks to fulfill this responsibility.  It is not an attempt to “hide” documents or “obstruct” congressional investigations, as the January 6th committee falsely claims. The district court’s March 28

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Frequently Asked Questions: Business Email Compromise Schemes

What is a Business Email Compromise Scheme? Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes vary in their details and mechanics, but the gist of the scheme is that it is conducted by sending email targeting individuals or employees of companies, usually with the goal of fraudulently inducing the target to make a transfer of funds to an account or accounts controlled by

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Burnham & Gorokhov welcomes Michael T. Collins

We are thrilled to announce that Michael T. Collins has joined our firm as an associate.  Michael is a graduate of Duke Law School.  Prior to joining B&G, Michael clerked for the Honorable Stephen S. Schwartz of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and served as a fellow at a prominent D.C. think tank.  See Michael’s bio here.

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Compassionate Release Motion Reduces Life Sentence

Eugene Gorokhov and Jonathan Knowles represented Ahmad Linton in his motion for compassionate release.  Mr. Linton had received a life sentence for murder, which Mr. Linton maintains he never committed.  With the help of Burnham & Gorokhov, Mr. Linton was able to reduce his sentence to 30 years. The case is No. 98-cr-258, United States v. Stokes.  The final order can be viewed

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Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Fraud

Durable Medical Equipment Fraud (“DME Fraud”) is a highly active area of Federal criminal prosecution. Last year, the FBI and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General broke up and prosecuted a DME Fraud scheme alleged to have caused more than $1 billion in Medicare losses. What is Durable Medical Equipment Fraud? Under what

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