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A Novel Criminal Offense for the Novel Coronavirus: Hoarding and Price Gouging Under the Defense Production Act

Hoarding or charging excessive prices for precious medical supplies during a public health emergency can earn you social opprobrium but did you know it could send you to prison as well?

In our capitalist society, we don’t normally think of such things as charging inflated prices as criminal matters – your customers will punish you themselves by going to the competition. However, when the merchandise in question is medical supplies desperately needed for the fight against coronavirus, the normal rules do not apply.

A Brooklyn pharmacist recently became acquainted with this fact when NYPD officers and federal agents armed with … Read More »



Frequently Asked Questions About Time Theft For Federal Employees and Contractors

FAQ: Time Theft for Federal Government Employees and Contractors

Lying about having jury duty or the flu to get out of work could result in losing a federal civil service job but did you know it could send you to prison as well? In some cases, falsifying your work records can be a federal crime carrying significant penalties. This post discusses time theft – what it is, how to avoid it, and what to do if you are accused of committing it.

A sample timecard.

What is time theft?

Time theft, “time and attendance fraud,” or “time card … Read More »



Case Study: Guilty Plea in Alexandria Federal Court by Former TV Pundit

The Washington Post recently reported on a guilty plea in the Alexandria federal courthouse: read here.

The initial reporting on the case focused on the allegation that the defendant, Wayne Simmons, falsely claimed to have been a CIA paramilitary operative. Federal prosecutors previously alleged through the indictment that Mr. Simmons never worked for the CIA. In the guilty plea, however, Mr. Simmons continues to maintain that he did in fact work for the CIA.

The facts of this white collar case in the Eastern District of Virginia are interesting and the case serves as a good example of how federal … Read More »



Defending prescription drug cases in the federal courts

The dramatic increase in narcotic pain medication prescriptions in the United States over the last twenty some years has resulted in a thriving black market for these highly addictive drugs. Prescription pain medications that are frequently abused include oxycontin or oxycodone, roxycodone, percocet, actiq, dilaudid, and many others. Law enforcement has responded by aggressively investigating and prosecuting prescription drug cases. If you are reading this page, perhaps you are concerned that yourself or someone you know may be investigated or charged for a crime involving prescription fraud. What should you know about these kinds of cases?

Where these cases come … Read More »