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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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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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Search Warrant Authority of Offices of Inspector General (OIG)

Does an Office of Inspector General Have Search Warrant Authority?  If you are a Federal employee who has become aware that you or your workplace are under investigation by an Office of Inspector General (OIG), you probably have many questions. What authority do they have? Can they issue search warrants? The short answer to these questions is: their powers are

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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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Statement on Behalf of Jeffrey Clark re: December 15 U.S. District Court Order Unsealing Search Warrant Privilege Rulings

The mantra of the Department of Justice has long been that the confidentiality of ongoing criminal investigations is sacrosanct.  Today we learn that the Department has inexplicably requested a federal judge to unseal proceedings, right on the eve of a heavily hyped January 6 Committee meeting on Monday and final report release on Wednesday of next week, where the proceedings are

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