White Collar

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Real Estate Fund Executive Cops To $658M Ponzi Scheme

    The CEO of a Garden State real estate investment fund pled guilty in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday to defrauding more than 2,000 investors through a $658 million Ponzi scheme, while also evading millions of dollars in tax liabilities, according to federal prosecutors.

  • February 27, 2024

    'I Don't Know' When Ga. DA Romance Began, Witness Says

    The former law partner of Fulton County special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who oversees the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and his Georgia co-defendants, testified Tuesday that he didn't know when Wade's romantic relationship with District Attorney Fani T. Willis began.

  • February 27, 2024

    Supreme Court Doubts Forfeiture Deadline Is Mandatory

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday poked holes in a New York man's claim that courts are barred from issuing forfeiture orders at sentencing in criminal cases unless the prosecution previously submitted a draft request, noting the rule has "a lot of wiggle room," and noncompliance can be easily corrected.

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Investment Adviser Indicted In $5M Financing Fee Scheme

    A New Jersey investment adviser has been charged with fraudulently collecting millions of dollars in fees from people seeking funding for commercial projects and misappropriating at least $800,000 for his own personal benefit, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey said in an indictment filed on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ch. 11 Trustee Says Bank Fraud-Tied Jewelry CEO Hid Assets

    The trustee for a bankrupt jewelry company allegedly tied to a $2 billion Indian bank fraud has filed a suit in New York bankruptcy court accusing the company's CEO of trying to hide a $7 million Manhattan apartment from creditors.

  • February 27, 2024

    Katten Can't Drop Madoff Ch. 7 Clawback Client, Court Rules

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP must keep representing French investment fund Access International Advisors in a $2 billion lawsuit filed by the Chapter 7 trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, a New York bankruptcy judge has ruled, explaining that the potential fallout from dropping AIA ahead of discovery in the case overshadows Katten's concerns that it won't be paid.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-NESN Exec Gets 3½ Years In Fraud Scheme

    A former executive at the Massachusetts cable network that broadcasts Red Sox and Bruins games was sentenced Tuesday to 3½ years in prison for embezzling nearly $600,000 from his employer through an elaborate invoicing scheme, crimes a judge called both "deliberate" and "insidious" and the government called "brazen."

  • February 27, 2024

    NJ Jeweler Charged With Wire Fraud In Duty-Dodging Scheme

    A New Jersey-based jeweler has been accused of dodging customs duties by misrepresenting what countries his goods were coming from and using his multiple businesses in New York's Diamond District to conduct millions of dollars of unlicensed money transfers.

  • February 27, 2024

    Vape Supplier Asks 9th Circ. To Toss $892K Award

    A vape company that supplies products for use with cannabis is asking the Ninth Circuit to overturn a district court decision affirming an $892,000 arbitration award against it in a distributor's contract dispute, saying the district court ignored evidence of fraud.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-CFPB Senior Counsel Joins White & Case

    White & Case LLP announced Tuesday that a former counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined the firm's white collar team as a partner in Washington, D.C.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ousted Fla. Atty Eyeing Potential Run After 11th Circ. Ruling

    Suspended state prosecutor Andrew Warren said Monday he may revisit his decision not to seek reelection in light of the Eleventh Circuit ruling reviving his lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking the appeals court to speed up the appeal.

  • February 27, 2024

    Arrest Warrant Out For Absconded AI CEO Accused Of Fraud

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday postponed a scheduled appearance for the founder of an artificial intelligence startup accused of faking documents to secure a $500,000 investment, after a warrant was issued for the defendant's arrest.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Ohio Speaker Urges 6th Circ. To Ax His 20-Year Sentence

    Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder told the Sixth Circuit that it must vacate his 20-year prison sentence for allegedly taking $60 million in bribes from FirstEnergy Corp., in part, because the presiding judge had a potential bias against him for opposing the judge's campaign to join the state's highest court.

  • February 27, 2024

    Blank Rome Adds White Collar Team From Akerman

    Blank Rome LLP has added a four-attorney team from Akerman LLP to its white collar defense and investigations group, continuing the practice group's recent expansion.

  • February 27, 2024

    Feds Want Classified Info Shield In Menendez Bribery Case

    Prosecutors asked a Manhattan federal judge to shield classified information they plan to introduce in the bribery case against Sen. Robert Menendez.

  • February 26, 2024

    Convicted Nikola Founder Must Forfeit Ranch, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Monday ruled Nikola Corp. founder Trevor Milton, who received a 4-year prison sentence for fraudulently inflating the truck-maker's value on Wall Street, must forfeit his 4,700-acre Utah property, citing the seriousness of Milton's crime and that he bought the ranch using inflated stock options.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds Want PacifiCorp To Cover $1B Ore., Calif. Wildfire Costs

    PacifiCorp revealed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice is potentially looking to collect more than $1 billion from the company to cover costs related to 2020 wildfires in Oregon and California, even threatening to take one matter to court.

  • February 26, 2024

    AmEx Fights To Arbitrate Merchant's Girardi-Linked Suit

    An attorney for American Express Co. urged a California federal judge on Monday to reconsider his tentative ruling declining to force a costume merchant to arbitrate malicious prosecution claims over charges disputed by Erika Girardi, saying the agreement in question applies to the merchant and not just his company.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Glass Co. CFO Can't Beat SEC's Accounting Fraud Suit

    A California federal judge said Monday that a former officer of a "smart" glassmaker will have to face the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations that he defrauded investors by failing to tell them about certain liabilities the company faced before it merged with a blank-check company.

  • February 26, 2024

    Family Dollar OKs Record $41.7M Deal With DOJ Over Rodents

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced that Family Dollar Stores LLC will pay $41.7 million after pleading guilty to storing food and drugs in unsanitary conditions at a rodent-infested warehouse, in what federal prosecutors called the largest monetary penalty in a food safety case.

  • February 26, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Bankruptcy Fraud Threat Can't Tank Deal

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Monday that coupon marketing agency Valpak's alleged threat to report a franchisee for bankruptcy fraud was not extortion and refused to set aside the settlement that ended the franchisee's suit accusing Valpak of wrongfully terminating their agreement.

  • February 26, 2024

    'Pig Butchering' Victim Slaps Binance, Ex-CEO With RICO Suit

    Binance and the cryptocurrency exchange's former CEO let criminal syndicates run fraud schemes through its platform by flouting laws against money laundering and money transmitting, according to an $8.1 million civil racketeering suit filed in Boston federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

    An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the names of bank employees to benefit his wife, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • February 26, 2024

    Pastor And Ally Of NYC Mayor Was A Con Man, Jury Hears

    A well-known Brooklyn pastor with close ties to New York City Mayor Eric Adams is a con man, a Manhattan federal prosecutor told jurors Monday, one who lied to lenders, stole from an elderly parishioner and claimed his connections to City Hall could result in millions of dollars in profits from a real estate deal.

  • February 26, 2024

    UAW, Fiat Chrysler Escape Engineers' Bribery Scheme Suit

    The United Auto Workers, Fiat Chrysler and others are off the hook for state fraud and civil conspiracy claims brought by auto engineers in connection to a bribery scheme between union officials and the automaker, a Michigan federal judge ruled Monday, citing a recent Sixth Circuit decision finding related allegations untimely.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    High Court's Gifts Problem Taints Public Corruption Cases

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    A history of U.S. Supreme Court justices failing to disclose luxurious gifts from wealthy donors coincides with a troubling line of court precedent overturning jury convictions in public corruption cases, indicating that perhaps justices aren't presently fit to be making these decisions, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • As Promised, IRS Is Coming For Crypto Tax Evaders

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    The IRS is fulfilling its promise to crack down on those who have neglected to pay taxes on cryptocurrency earnings, as demonstrated by recently imposed prison sentences, enforcement initiatives and meetings with international counterparts — suggesting a few key takeaways for taxpayer compliance, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

  • Following Banking Regulators' Breadcrumbs To 2024 Priorities

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    Through blog posts, speeches, and formal guidance and regulations, prudential and other federal and state financial regulators laid out a road map last year pointing to compliance priorities that should be reflected in financial institutions' planning this year, say Laurel Loomis Rimon and Gina Shabana at Jenner & Block.

  • New SDNY Whistleblower Program May Be A Game-Changer

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    A new pilot program in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York promises to immunize from prosecution certain individuals who blow the whistle on financial crimes and corruption, and if similar self-disclosure programs are any indication, this significant new policy may measurably increase white collar investigations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • 1869 Case May Pave Off-Ramp For Justices In Trump DQ Fight

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    In deciding whether former President Donald Trump is disqualified from Colorado's Republican primary ballots, the U.S. Supreme Court could rely on due process principles articulated in a Reconstruction-era case to avert a chaotic or undemocratic outcome, says Gordon Renneisen at Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Series

    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • A Guide To New Russia Sanctions For Foreign Financial Cos.

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    Attorneys at Foley Hoag take foreign financial companies on a deep dive into the compliance advice the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control issued after President Joe Biden's December executive order widened a Russian import ban and authorized sanctions against businesses that transact with Russia's military-industrial base.

  • How Russia Sanctions Bills Could Reshape Asset Forfeiture

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    Several U.S. legislative proposals to seize billions in frozen Russian assets for post-war reconstruction of Ukraine would bypass traditional asset forfeiture guardrails, making it crucially important that practitioners remain vigilant and understand when to proactively engage with the government, say attorneys at Kasowitz.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Ex-OpenSea Staffer Case May Clarify When Info Is Property

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    In considering the appeal of a former OpenSea manager’s wire fraud conviction in U.S. v. Chastain, the Second Circuit may soon provide guidance about whether economic information is traditional property in certain insider trading prosecutions — a theory of fraud that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly narrowed, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Despite HHS Opinion, Gift Card Giveaways Require Caution

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    Though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General recently determined that a healthcare consulting firm's gift card plans do not violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the opinion does not suggest blanket approval for providing gift cards in exchange for referrals, say Ragini Acharya and Matthew Deutsch at Husch Blackwell.

  • Takeaways From SEC's Aggressive Cybersecurity Moves

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's intensifying policy on cybersecurity and securities violations in the wake of a data breach — like its enforcement action against SolarWinds and its security officer — has emboldened shareholders to file related suits, creating a heightened threat to public companies, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Considerations For Lawyer Witnesses After FTX Trial

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's recent trial testimony about his lawyers' involvement in FTX's business highlights the need for attorney-witnesses to understand privilege issues in order to avoid costly discovery disputes and, potentially, uncover critical evidence an adversary might seek to conceal, says Lawrence Bluestone at Genova Burns.

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