Beware DOJ's Statutory Tool For Fighting COVID-19 Fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice has made clear that it is pursuing civil enforcement actions and criminal prosecution of 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 DOJ has notched some early victories in recently filed cases using the fraud injunction statute, Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 1345, a hybrid civil-criminal statute that gives the government the power to seek injunctions in civil actions to stop current or potential future violations of certain fraud-related laws and to freeze alleged fraudsters’ assets before trial, including assets unrelated to alleged fraud.
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