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Supreme Court Sides With Doctors Prescribing Opioids

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in favor of two doctors accused of overprescribing opioids, raising the standard of proof the government must meet to secure a conviction in “pill mill” cases. The case defines the standa… Read More
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Categories: Drug Crimes, Federal Law
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Rise in Warrantless Searches at the FBI

In late April of 2022, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its Annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding the Intelligence Community’s Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities – Calendar Year 2021. T… Read More
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Categories: Federal Law
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3rd Circuit Ruling on Trade Secret Theft Case

Government Must Prove Intent to Cause Actual Loss In an August 2, 2022, decision by the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, the court found that two defendants who admitted to stealing intellectual property and trade secrets from London-based pharmaceutica… Read More
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Prosecution Rises: Cryptocurrency Gatekeepers and Individual Owners

The popularity of cryptocurrency has been on the rise, and given its recent dramatic decline in value, the federal government is poised to step up its regulation and enforcement of criminal laws targeting its illegal use. The Biden administration has… Read More
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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Regulations for NFTs

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is considering how to regulate non-fungible tokens (NFTs), according to a report on its Study of the Facilitation of Money Laundering and Terror Finance Through the Trade in Wo… Read More
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Willful Failure to Collect or Pay Over Tax

IRS Title 26: Tax Violations: I.R.C. § 7202 Under 26 U.S.C. §7202, it is a crime to fail to collect a tax or to fail to truthfully account for or pay over a tax. An employer is responsible for withholding Federal Insurance Contribution Act (“FICA… Read More
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SEC Prioritizes Insider Trading Enforcement

If 2021 is any indication, insider trading will remain a key enforcement area for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2022. While the total number of insider trading actions brought last year has declined, the actions that have been broug… Read More
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Categories: Securities
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Sentencing Guidelines: Actual Loss vs. Intended Loss

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were enacted in 1987 to create uniformity in sentencing, including for sentences white-collar crimes. There has always been a perception that white collar crimes were treated more leniently than other crimes. The U.S… Read More
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Can I Be Charged with EIDL Loan Fraud?

Congress passed the CARES Act in March of 2020, providing billions of dollars in economic relief to help American businesses cope with hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the CARES Act, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Progr… Read More
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False Statements on Tax Returns

Filing a False Tax Return in Violation of 26 U.S.C. §7206 Under 26 U.S.C. §7206, it is a felony to willfully make false statements on a tax return or willfully aid or assist someone in filing a false tax return. The penalty for violating the statut… Read More
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