Legal Blog: Investigations

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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The Federal False Claims Act: Knowing Is Half the Battle

The False Claims Act, or FCA, is the Federal statute under which fraud against the US Government is prosecuted. The FCA was first enacted during the Civil War in order to combat defense contractor fraud. Since then, it has been amended and updated a number of times to ensure applicability to additional forms of fraud arising from not only government

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Should I Talk to Law Enforcement Agents?

This video discusses what you should do if a federal agent contacts you, if that means that you are in trouble, the risks of talking to federal agents, and whether an attorney can help. Learn more by reading The FBI Wants To Interview Me, What Should I do?: A Simple Question With a Complex Answer.

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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.

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