Category: White-collar Crime

August 19, 2011

Timing of DOJ Probe Into S&P Ratings Service Is Suspicious

Did the U.S. Department of Justice decide to investigate Standard & Poor’s investment rating service in retaliation for S&P’s decision to strip the United States of its longstanding “AAA” rating? The New York Times reported earlier this week about the existence of an ongoing probe of Standard & Poor’s that is focusing on whether top… Read More

June 22, 2011

Ifrah Law’s Blog Wrap-Up, June 1-20

This is the sixth of a regular series of posts that summarize and wrap up our latest thoughts that have appeared recently on Ifrah Law’s blogs. 1. Perjury, Obstruction and Barry Bonds’ Conviction Read why we regard the Barry Bonds obstruction of justice verdict as troubling: It sets a bad precedent for the grand jury… Read More

June 20, 2011

Good-Faith Rule Applies to Document Destruction

Big cases can turn on a little rule of evidence called spoliation. The rule recognizes that a trial court has the inherent authority to sanction a party for destroying, altering, or failing to preserve property that the opponent could have used as evidence. A recent decision in the Eastern District of Virginia serves as a… Read More

May 24, 2011

Federal Indictment in Maryland Reflects Continuing Crackdown on Gaming

The U.S. Department of Justice is continuing its crackdown on the online gaming industry. On May 23, 2011, the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland unsealed an indictment that charged several poker and gambling sites with illegal gambling and money laundering. Those indicted were ThrillX Systems, Ltd., d/b/a BetEd; Darren Wright; and David Parchomchuk,… Read More

May 9, 2011

Barney Frank’s Advice to Poker Players After ‘Black Friday’

In the wake of the catastrophic consequences of last month’s “Black Friday” for online poker players in the United States, many players are wondering about their next step. Pocketfives.com recently interviewed Congressman Barney Frank and although he agreed that is “difficult to figure out what to do,” he still had some concrete advice for the… Read More

May 5, 2011

What’s Next for Online Poker Players?

Online poker players in the U.S. were shaken on April 15 when the federal government shut down the country’s three biggest poker websites. Suddenly, players were without their favorite sites and could not access the funds that they kept there. Now, players are beginning to pick up the pieces. Since there is no federal law… Read More

April 27, 2011

The Disintegration of White-Collar Criminal Bernie Madoff

In December 2010, Bernie Madoff contacted the Financial Times to say that he was ready for his second prison interview. It had been two years since news broke of Madoff’s 16-year, $65 billion Ponzi scheme, and just 17 months since he began serving his 150-year sentence. By the time he was interviewed, his oldest son,… Read More

April 13, 2011

An Interview with David Deitch, New Ifrah Law Partner

On April 1, 2011, David Deitch started work as a partner at the Ifrah Law Firm. David is an experienced trial lawyer and former Department of Justice counterterrorism prosecutor. Because he will now be a regular contributor to this blog, the editor of Crime in the Suites conducted this brief interview to introduce David to… Read More

April 13, 2011

An Interview With David Deitch, New Ifrah Law Partner

On April 1, 2011, David Deitch started work as a partner at the Ifrah Law Firm. David is an experienced trial lawyer and former Department of Justice counterterrorism prosecutor. Because he will now be a regular contributor to this blog, the editor of FTC Beat conducted this brief interview to introduce David to our readers…. Read More

April 7, 2011

Consequences for Attorneys, Others in High-Stakes Cases

High-stakes criminal and civil litigation can sometimes have major consequences not only for the defendant, but also for others involved such as defense counsel. On March 23, 2011, Joseph Nacchio – the former Qwest CEO now serving a 70-month prison sentence for insider trading – filed suit against the lawyers who represented him in criminal… Read More

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