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The Fraud Injunction Statute: DOJ’s Tool for Fighting COVID-19 Fraud

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On Thursday, November 5, V&E partner Jessica Heim, V&E counsel Adrianne Goins, and V&E associate John Satira will lead a live interactive program entitled “The Fraud Injunction Statute: DOJ’s Tool for Fighting COVID-19 Fraud” hosted by MyLawCLE. The U.S. Department of Justice has made clear that it is pursuing civil enforcement actions and criminal prosecution of alleged fraudsters exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Its civil enforcement efforts target a broad range of COVID-19 schemes, ranging from fraud under the Paycheck Protection Program to hawking fake testing and treatment scams.

The panelists will discuss the following key topics:

  • Introduction and overview of the fraud injunction statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1345
  • Highlights of recent cases in which DOJ has successfully used Section 1345 to stop fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic and standards used by courts to impose injunctions and freeze assets.
  • Civil criminal hybrid nature of fraud injunction statute, COVID-19 fraud risks, and related issues.”

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.