Lee Koch

What Are Your Rights if The Federal Government Wants to Search or Seize Your Computers?

By Lee Koch | January 31, 2023 | Comments Off on What Are Your Rights if The Federal Government Wants to Search or Seize Your Computers?

Federal law enforcement may want to search your computer’s contents at some point if you’re under investigation for cybercrime.  Computer evidence might be valuable for prosecuting many other crimes as well. So, it’s essential to understand what your rights are regarding digital evidence.  Laws Governing Computer Searches The most important law governing computer searches is…

Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent in a Federal Criminal Case

By Lee Koch | January 13, 2023 | Comments Off on Invoking Your Right to Remain Silent in a Federal Criminal Case

The right to remain silent is enshrined in the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. Yet it is a right that you must invoke properly if you wish to use it to the best effect. These principles work equally well whether you’re dealing with New York state law enforcement or whether you’re dealing with federal agents…

What is Mail Fraud?

By Lee Koch | December 28, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Mail Fraud?

Mail fraud cases are common. On any given day you can find dozens of incidents in the news. Numerous warnings go out every year about how citizens can protect themselves from mail fraud.  A person may be found guilty of mail fraud any time prosecutors can prove that a defendant used the postal system to…

What is Tax Fraud?

By Lee Koch | December 23, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Tax Fraud?

It’s the end of the year, which means most people will be doing their taxes within the next four months or so. Tax time can make anyone nervous—there’s no government agency that scares people more than the IRS. It’s a good time to talk about the difference between making an honest mistake on your tax…

Queens Mail Carriers Arrested in $16 Million Fraud Scheme

By Lee Koch | November 30, 2022 | Comments Off on Queens Mail Carriers Arrested in $16 Million Fraud Scheme

Three Queens mail carriers are alleged to have participated in a COVID-19 benefits scam.  One of the carriers began stealing mail on their postal route. This allowed the scheme’s ringleader to file false unemployment benefit claims in the names of hundreds of people. When the Department of Labor sent payouts, the mail carriers simply intercepted…

Elizabeth Holmes: 11 Years for Fraud

By Lee Koch | November 18, 2022 | Comments Off on Elizabeth Holmes: 11 Years for Fraud

Elizabeth Holmes is infamous for creating Theranos, a blood testing startup who exaggerated claims about what her testing technology could and would do. She raised $945 million while selling a product that never worked.  She’s been sentenced to 11 years of prison plus three years of supervised release.  She was convicted on four counts of…

Bill Hwang: Loan Fraud, Market Manipulation

By Lee Koch | October 29, 2022 | Comments Off on Bill Hwang: Loan Fraud, Market Manipulation

Bill Hwang used to claim he invested “according to the word of God.” Now prosecutors are saying that he’s about to become the biggest indictment since Bernie Madoff.  Hwang was the owner of an investment firm known as Archegos. According to the US government, his company engaged in market manipulation, buying up large portions of…

What is Embezzlement?

By Lee Koch | October 26, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Embezzlement?

Recently, a Rockland County teacher was charged with embezzling money from a youth soccer club. A private school also made news by embezzling $3 million from the federal government, money that was intended to pay for the daily meals of students.  Embezzlement is a form of fraud, which is in its turn a form of…

Cryptocurrency and Wire Fraud: What You Need to Know

By Lee Koch | September 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Cryptocurrency and Wire Fraud: What You Need to Know

Cryptocurrency fraud is on the rise, and the Department of Justice is devoting a lot of resources to stopping it.   While some argue over how cryptocurrency should be classified, the DOJ isn’t waiting. As reported in Reuters, they’re using the federal wire fraud statute to prosecute cases, instead. So far, they’ve used it to go…

What Are the Grounds for Suppressing Evidence in a New York or Federal Criminal Case?

By Lee Koch | September 22, 2022 | Comments Off on What Are the Grounds for Suppressing Evidence in a New York or Federal Criminal Case?

Suppression of evidence is one of the most important tools a criminal defense lawyer has to help you with your state or federal case.  To suppress evidence, your lawyer must file a Motion to Suppress and make a valid legal argument for why a particular piece of evidence is invalid. The judge then decides whether…