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Bruce’s observations on some of the most recent, disgraceful conduct of Trump and Barr, and of the heroism of some of our career public servants in reaction to that conduct, from the perspective of one who served as a DOJ prosecutor for eleven years during the Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton administrations.

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

For whatever it may be worth, here are some observations on some of the most recent, disgraceful conduct of Trump and Barr, and of the heroism of some of our career public servants in reaction to that conduct, from the perspective of one who served as a DOJ prosecutor for eleven years during the… Read More »

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Federal criminal justice reform is now law: What comes next?

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in the 1932 New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann decision stated that state governments “may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” Perhaps Justice Brandeis stated more than he knew at the… Read More »

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Deputy Attorney General Sets the Stage for White Collar Crime Enforcement

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

On the last day of the American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein described some of the white collar crime priorities of the Department of Justice in the coming year. After highlighting recent prosecutions for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, military procurement fraud, and illegal offshore tax shelters,… Read More »

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Costs Increase for Health Care Fraud and Abuse Violations

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Recent congressional action will have serious ramifications on corporate and individual defendants who are or could be under investigation for violations of federal health care program fraud and abuse laws. Changes implemented by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 dramatically increased the penalties that can be imposed on those who violate federal health care… Read More »

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SCOTUS Decision On Plea Agreements: Less Wiggle Room Than Before

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Defendants in federal criminal cases, particularly white collar cases where the laws can be ambiguous (think insider trading, honest services, etc.) face a difficult decision as to whether they should plead guilty or take their case to trial. Statistics show that defendants typically take a plea (over 90% of federal cases), the remainder take… Read More »

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Civil Forfeiture: Can the Government Really Seize and Take Ownership of My Company’s Assets?

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

In 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported more than $8.2 billion held in its forfeited-assets fund, [1] which is a $600 million increase from the $7.6 billion in the fund in 2016. [2] The cases brought by the government in 2017 show the government’s intent to continue aggressive use of civil asset forfeiture…. Read More »

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IRS to End Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on September 28, 2018

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

The Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, which offers US taxpayers the chance to pay substantially less in back taxes, interest, and penalties on unreported offshore accounts and assets, will close come September 28. The Internal Revenue Service aims to stay actively engaged in the international tax arena, so taxpayers with unreported offshore accounts and assets… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Puts the Brakes on IRS Obstruction Prosecutions

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Paying a waiter or babysitter in cash could have constituted a felony tax obstruction offense under the government’s expansive interpretation of the obstruction statutes. The March 21 ruling by the US Supreme Court places a limit to that interpretation, requiring the government to provide fair warning on the felony line. In a 7-2 decision… Read More »

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FIFA Convictions A Shot Across Bow Of Sports Corruption

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

After U.S. prosecutors last month secured convictions of two former South American soccer officials in the first trial from the U.S. FIFA corruption probe, others in soccer and other international sports organizations should be wary of potential further U.S.-led probes into an industry rife with corruption allegations. Late last month, a federal jury in… Read More »

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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

July 13, 2017 Department of Justice Press Release: Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged… Read More »

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