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Larry Dean Harmon, the founder and operator of Helix, a darknet-based cryptocurrency “mixer” or “tumbler,” recently admitted that Helix partnered with darknet marketplaces to provide bitcoin money laundering services for darknet market customers.

September 2, 2021
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Consider what would happen if government agents executed a search warrant at your business and collected hundreds of emails between employees and outside counsel.

September 1, 2021
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A grand jury in Pennsylvania recently indicted the former Dean of Temple University’s business school, Dr. Moshe Porat, for wire fraud, alleging that he submitted false data to U.S. News & World Report in an effort to increase the ranking of Temple’s Fox Business School.

June 17, 2021
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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) was designed to stop hacking and other forms of cybercrime.

V&E Government Investigations Update

June 8, 2021
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Last week, the Supreme Court of California issued a landmark decision finding that both state and federal constitutional law principles require judges to consider whether an arrestee can actually pay an amount fixed for money bail.

This insight was republished by Thomas Reuters WestLaw, April 16, 2021

April 5, 2021
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On March 11, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted a stay in the civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) against GPB Capital Holdings, LLC (“GPB Capital”), pending resolution of the parallel Department of Justice (“DOJ”) criminal proceeding against the private-equity firm’s founder and associates.

March 25, 2021
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In late 2019, Gustav Eyler, the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) Consumer Protection Branch (“CPB”), cited fraudulent data in clinical research trials for new drugs and medical devices as a topic of “major concern” for DOJ going into 2020.

March 22, 2021
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A recent Fifth Circuit decision, United States v. Nora, reversed a clerical employee’s convictions for conspiring to commit health care fraud, conspiring to pay or receive illegal health care kickbacks, and aiding and abetting health care fraud because there was no evidence that the employee knew that his conduct was unlawful.

March 11, 2021
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In a striking rebuke, the U.K. Supreme Court found that the U.K. Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) overstepped its authority when it tried to access corporate documents from the United States.

February 19, 2021
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On January 13, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (“the EPA”) announced its enforcement results for fiscal year (“FY”) 2020.

January 28, 2021
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In early January 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (“the DOJ”) Antitrust Division (“the Division”) announced a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (“DPA”) with Argos USA LLC (“Argos” or “the Company”).

January 25, 2021