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What is the False Claims Act?

By Lee Koch | June 28, 2022 | Comments Off on What is the False Claims Act?

There have been attempts to defraud the United States Military for about as long as there has been a military. In 1863, the federal government enacted the False Claims Act to target defense contractors attempting to defraud the military during the Civil War.  This law is also known as the Lincoln law.  Under this law…

What is Bid Rigging?

By Lee Koch | June 21, 2022 | Comments Off on What is Bid Rigging?

One white collar crime that the Department of Justice is cracking down on quite hard of late is “bid rigging.” Bid rigging is the process of undermining the competitive process whenever businesses compete by submitting bids to a buyer. The Department of Justice takes an especially dim view of this practice when the government is…

What is the Procurement Collusion Strike Force?

By Lee Koch | May 27, 2022 | Comments Off on What is the Procurement Collusion Strike Force?

The Procurement Collusion Strike Force is a DOJ, states Attorneys General, Department of Defense, and Federal Trade Commission joint effort to crack down on antitrust and anticompetitive activities in public procurement. It focuses on government contractors and looks for bid rigging, bribery, kickbacks, project substitution, set-aside fraud, and other anti-competitive behaviors.  For example, they obtained…

Are You Guilty of Insider Trading?

By Lee Koch | May 20, 2022 | Comments Off on Are You Guilty of Insider Trading?

If you own stocks and are engaged in buying them and selling them then there are laws which govern your involvement in the market. One of those laws is that the playing field must be even. If you have information about a company or stock that is not available to the public and you act…

Supreme Court Makes ACCA Decision

By Lee Koch | April 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Supreme Court Makes ACCA Decision

In a previous post, we covered the Armed Career Criminal Act. This Act names someone a “career criminal” if they commit three prior violent felony or have three prior serious drug offense convictions. To qualify as an ACCA crime, they must be committed on “occasions different from one another.” Recently, the Supreme Court heard Wooden…

Can You Hire a Federal Criminal Attorney Before Charges Are Filed?

By Lee Koch | April 12, 2022 | Comments Off on Can You Hire a Federal Criminal Attorney Before Charges Are Filed?

You can absolutely hire a federal criminal attorney before charges are filed. In fact, there are many good reasons to do just that, especially if you already know or have reason to believe that you’ve become the target of a federal investigation. Even if you believe you are only a witness in a investigation it…

Federal Government Cracking Down on Criminal Antitrust Violations

By Lee Koch | March 11, 2022 | Comments Off on Federal Government Cracking Down on Criminal Antitrust Violations

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division opened 146 grand jury investigations last year, the most in thirty years. The federal government has requested a budget increase of 9% for the Antitrust Division. It’s obvious this is going to be a hot area in white collar criminal defense. It’s been 50 years since the DOJ last…

What New York City Residents Need to Know About Reverse Warrants

By Lee Koch | March 3, 2022 | Comments Off on What New York City Residents Need to Know About Reverse Warrants

As technology has improved, both state and federal law enforcement agencies have begun using “reverse warrants” in their quest to investigate crimes. While critics often state that these warrants are little better than dragnets, they have not been successful at shutting down the use of them or keeping the evidence generated from reverse warrants out…

What is a Hate Crime?

By Lee Koch | February 15, 2022 | Comments Off on What is a Hate Crime?

Right now, three men are on trial for the murder of 25-year old Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was out for a jog when three white men gunned him down. Unfortunately, hate crimes are getting a lot more common. Here in New York, there was also a recent attack on an Asian man that…

What is a RICO Charge?

By Lee Koch | February 7, 2022 | Comments Off on What is a RICO Charge?

You may have heard “RICO” mentioned on various police shows…or you might realize you’re up against RICO charges right now. Either way, it’s not a term that’s in common, everyday use. “RICO” stands for “racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations.” The RICO Act is a law that covers a multitude of activity. Racketeering is organized, and…