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White collar crime Archive



by Edmond Geary

White Collar crime investigation continues undercover

Once the province of drug distribution and mob investigations, the use of clandestine recordings and undercover informants is increasingly used by the feds in white collar crimes. Some of the Wall Street prosecutions have featured wire tap evidence.  Now added is investigation into payoffs in foreign countries. Investigation techniques by the F.B.I. into overseas bribes…

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by Edmond Geary

It’s Not Easy Cooperating For The Government

Very commonly in cases prosecuted by the federal government, the authorities pressure people to “cooperate” with the government.  This is a euphemism.  The pejorative term for this is “snitch.”  People do it because they believe it will give them a better deal, a lower sentence or no sentence, depending on their own case.  Federal cases…

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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

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

Conviction on Wall Street

Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the hedge fund Galleon Group, has been found guilty by a jury after 7 weeks of testimony and 12 days of deliberation on all 14 of the counts on which he was tried.  He was convicted of nine counts of securities fraud and five counts of conspiracy.  The government’s case presented…

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by Edmond Geary

Biggest Insider-Trading Trial of a Generation

Raj Rajaratnam was a Wall Street hedge fund manger, co-founder of Galleon Group, managing billions of dollars.  He bragged about taking risks and how it made his adrenaline pump.  Now is on trial in New York defending himself of insider-trading charges, specifically with securities fraud and conspiracy charges.  He is facing up to 20 years…

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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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by Edmond Geary

White Collar Crimes Narrow for Government

Federal prosecutors have been using a shortcut for years to get convictions in white collar crimes.  The shortcut is prosecution for what is called “intangible right to honest services” under the United States Code, Title 18, §1346, which provides that “the term ‘scheme or artifice to defraud’ includes a scheme or artifice to deprive another…

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by Edmond Geary

The Trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s trial has begun.  Recently,  the first day of jury selection (voir dire) for the federal corruption trial took place.  The Pepperdine University law graduate is accused in 24 counts of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Oboma when he resigned his Senate seat.  U.S. District Judge…

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