Category: Federal Sentencing

June 20, 2012

After Gupta’s Insider-Trading Conviction, What’s Next?

Yet another shoe has dropped in the long-running investigation and the series of prosecutions arising from allegations of insider trading in the stocks of Goldman Sachs and other companies. In May 2011, Raj Rajaratnam was convicted of insider trading and ultimately sentenced to 11 years in prison. On June 15, 2012, Rajat Gupta, a former… Read More

May 11, 2012

Sentencing Panel Amends Guidelines for Mortgage Fraud

Responding to a requirement in the Dodd-Frank Act that it review, and if appropriate, amend, the federal sentencing guidelines for mortgage fraud, the U.S. Sentencing Commission set forth on April 13, 2012, two new provisions that will affect sentencing for this type of crime. Mortgage fraud became a significant issue in the recent financial crisis… Read More

May 3, 2012

Brief Urges Supreme Court to Accept Rubashkin Sentencing Appeal

On May 3, 2012, Ifrah Law filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Justice Fellowship and a group of law professors who practice in the areas of criminal law and sentencing. The brief was filed in the case of Rubashkin v. United States, a highly publicized case in… Read More

December 6, 2011

Ifrah Law Blog Wrap-Up for November 2011

In November 2011, we at Ifrah Law expressed our views on a number of current issues in our blogs, Crime in the Suites and FTC Beat. This post summarizes and wraps up our thoughts from the month.   ACLU Wins FOIA Appeal on Prosecutors’ Use of Cell Phone Location Data The Justice Department must turn… Read More

November 29, 2011

Convicted of Fraud but Changed Their Lives; Appeals Court Takes Note

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit recently issued a notable decision in the case of United States v. Robertson, vacating and remanding the sentences of two defendants convicted of a mortgage fraud scheme because the sentencing judge failed to consider unusually strong evidence of self-motivated rehabilitation. In the late 1990’s, Henry and… Read More

November 17, 2011

In Appeal of Construction Fraud Case, DOJ Seeks Tougher Sentences

In a very rare case in which the government argued that it viewed criminal sentences as too lenient, the U.S. Department of Justice contended in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit on Nov. 7, 2011, that the sentences handed out to two government contractors convicted of fraud did not… Read More

October 24, 2011

Ninth Circuit Upholds Dramatic Upward Departure in Fraud Case

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a very large upward departure by a U.S. District Judge in Nevada of more than 17 years above the recommended range under the Sentencing Guidelines, based on conduct that the defendant was never convicted of or even charged with.  In this highly unusual… Read More

October 17, 2011

Five Years Later, Skilling’s Sentence Is Still Up in the Air

On Sunday, October 16, 2011, an op-ed article by founding partner Jeff Ifrah and associate Jeff Hamlin appeared in the Houston Chronicle. The article discusses the upcoming resentencing of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and the fact that it is now close to the fifth anniversary of his conviction. The following is the full text… Read More

October 10, 2011

District Judge Orders Much-Reduced Sentence in Fraud Case

A federal judge has made a major reversal in the case of Steve Warshak, the Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals founder who was sentenced to 25 years for defrauding customers who bought his “male enhancement” pills, which were advertised in the notorious “Smiling Bob” ad campaign. We have discussed Warshak’s case in a previous blog post. Warshak… Read More

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