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Is it a Crime to Fake Your Own Death?

By Lee Koch | August 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Is it a Crime to Fake Your Own Death?

Nick Parsons in Double Jeopardy. Nick Fury in The Winter Soldier. Sherlock Holmes in the Game of Shadows. Faking one’s death is a staple of popular fiction.  Most of us aren’t ever going to be involved in showdowns with master criminals. Most of us won’t try to frame our lives for our murder. But plenty…

What Pain Management Doctors Need to Know About Federal Drug Law

By Lee Koch | July 15, 2021 | Comments Off on What Pain Management Doctors Need to Know About Federal Drug Law

“Local pain management doctor going to prison for 70 months for conspiring to distribute controlled substances and health care fraud.“ In October of 2020 Dr. Eugene Gosy of Clarence, NY went to prison for 70 months for the way that he chose to prescribe opioids to his patients. The DEA outlined that he prescribed more…

Immigrants and Marijuana: Here’s What You Need to Know

By Lee Koch | July 8, 2021 | Comments Off on Immigrants and Marijuana: Here’s What You Need to Know

There’s a lot of confusion about marijuana. Laws are changing fast, both in many US states and around the world. Our office handles both immigration issues and federal drug crime defense, so we run into this issue on a regular basis. Here’s what you need to know. Immigration is a federal legal matter, which means…

What is a Target Letter?

By Lee Koch | June 13, 2021 | Comments Off on What is a Target Letter?

Federal Law Enforcement officers send target letters to inform people that they are the subject of a federal investigation. It is often supplied to witnesses who have been subpoena’d before a Grand Jury.  If you have received one of these letters you should contact a criminal lawyer immediately, even if you haven’t yet been charged…

What Should You Do If You Receive a Letter About Payday Loan Fraud?

By Lee Koch | June 2, 2021 | Comments Off on What Should You Do If You Receive a Letter About Payday Loan Fraud?

12 million Americans use payday loans every year. There are scammers who are well aware of that fact. Here’s how the scam works. They send a letter or call you up. They tell you that you took out a payday loan years and years ago. They also say that you closed the checking account that…

Can a Bank Error Get You Accused of Fraud?

By Lee Koch | May 20, 2021 | Comments Off on Can a Bank Error Get You Accused of Fraud?

Remember the old Monopoly card? “Bank error in your favor, collect $200?“ Bank errors do happen, and sometimes they result in unexpected deposits ending up in your account. Unfortunately, if you treat that money like a windfall and run out to start spending that money, you could end up in a lot of trouble. For…

In the News: Former Netflix VP Convicted of Fraud and Money Laundering

By Lee Koch | May 3, 2021 | Comments Off on In the News: Former Netflix VP Convicted of Fraud and Money Laundering

On Friday, April 30, former Netflix VP Michael Kail was found guilty on 28 counts of wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and seven counts of money laundering. He was convicted of receiving stock options, bribes, and kickbacks from tech companies in return for approving their contracts. A kickback is any illegal payment received…

What to Do if You’re Accused of PPP Loan Fraud

By Lee Koch | April 17, 2021 | Comments Off on What to Do if You’re Accused of PPP Loan Fraud

On March 29, 2020, lawmakers responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by passing the CARES act. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a part of that package. The program allowed small businesses to take out a loan for the purpose of keeping their employees on the payroll. Nearly a year later, the Justice Department has prosecuted…

What is a Character Reference Letter in a Federal Criminal Defense Case?

By Lee Koch | March 31, 2021 | Comments Off on What is a Character Reference Letter in a Federal Criminal Defense Case?

If you take your federal criminal case all the way to trial and lose, then eventually you will be facing a sentencing hearing. At that point, your energy, and your lawyer’s energy, will turn primarily to sentence mitigation.  One of the tools that you can use to do this is to gather character reference letters.…

What Should You Do If You Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

By Lee Koch | March 10, 2021 | Comments Off on What Should You Do If You Receive a Grand Jury Subpoena?

Receiving a federal Grand Jury subpoena can be nerve wracking. Yet it’s important to understand exactly what you should do if you receive this type of document. According to federal law, the Grand Jury, as a representative of the public, “has a claim to every man’s evidence,” except for “persons protected by a constitutional, common…