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by Edmond Geary

Mortgage Swindle a rare White Collar Conviction

Given the scope of the financial meltdown of 2008 and the suspicions of some wrongdoing to explain it, everyone has been expecting some big time prosecutions.  Not much so far.  Lee Farkas may be the biggest thing so far, and he isn’t all that big. Farkas was a mortgage industry executive, chairman of the firm…

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by Edmond Geary

A Sentence for Bernie Madoff

Bernard Madoff swindled billions of dollars from his investors for years, but once caught, he promptly pled guilty to the criminal complaint filed against him in federal court.  He did not plea bargain with the government.  He just took his medicine.  Well, maybe.  That way, just pleading to the Complaint as Madoff did, he did…

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by Edmond Geary

Government Going After Celebrity Sports Figures

First, it was Barry Bonds.  Next, it is Rogers Clemens, and, after that, maybe Lance Armstrong.  The cost to the federal government so far, including the investigation of BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative), is over $50 million.  Whether it’s worth that brings different responses.   Proponents insist it is worth it for the “integrity of sports”…

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by Edmond Geary

Feds investigate Muscogee Creek Tribe

When the F.B.I. investigates something, it is with the prospect of presenting their evidence in federal court.  That is likely what the F.B.I. had in mind when a dozen agents showed up in April, 2010, at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation headquarters in Okmulgee, a federal prosecution.  The F.B.I. has for the last year been conducting…

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by Edmond Geary

New Prosecutive Powers for Attorney General in New York

The Attorney General in the State of New York has limits to his criminal jurisdiction that are surprising, given the high profile prosecutions the office has pursued in recent years.  Last summer, candidates for the attorney general post asked the governor to give the new attorney general enhanced powers under New York’s Executive Law, giving…

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by Edmond Geary

A case of “Threatened” Criminal Charges Lingering on

Suzanne Wooten was sworn in as judge of the Texas 380th District Court in January, 2009. She defeated Charles Sandoval in the 2008 Republican primary. Sandoval had held the judgeship for the 12 previous years and had never previously had an opponent.  The 380th District Court is in McKinney, Texas, in Collin County, the county…

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