Legal Blog: White Collar Crimes

Third Circuit Strikes Blow For Sensible White-Collar Money Laundering Decisions

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (overseeing district courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the U.S. Virgin Island), took the extraordinary step of overturning a federal white-collar money laundering conviction. In doing so, the court limited the government’s ability to simply tack on § 1956 money laundering to major fraud cases. The case, United

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Facts About Criminal Liability for Cryptocurrency

Last month, the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) placed sanctions on the cryptocurrency mixer “Tornado Cash” and associated wallets. This is part of a larger government effort to crack down on cryptocurrency money laundering and could raise additional avenues of criminal liability for those who use crypto currency in relation to other illegal activities. Not only will defendants be

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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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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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