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In his April 28, 2021 address, President Biden asked Congress to provide $80 billion of extra funding for the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) over the next decade.

May 6, 2021
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On March 26, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a press release trumpeting the agency’s “historic level of enforcement action” in response to COVID-19 related fraud.

April 15, 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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Two weeks ago, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced two significant enforcement actions and shut down NetWalker and Emotet, powerful tools that had been used by alleged criminal networks engaging in widespread ransomware extortion schemes.

February 11, 2021
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It was only a matter of time. On January 12, 2021, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it had reached its first civil settlement regarding allegations of fraud related to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).

January 27, 2021
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In 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) estimated that business email compromises, often carried out via email scams that trick businesses into making wire payments, have caused an estimated $1.7 billion in losses for businesses that fell victim to these schemes, which amounts to the highest out-of-pocket losses incurred from any class of cybercrime.[1]

November 3, 2020
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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.

Published in Law360, September 25, 2020

September 29, 2020
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The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has made clear that it is pursuing civil enforcement actions and criminal prosecution of individuals and entities exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain, as seen in the U.S. Attorney General directing all U.S. Attorneys to prioritize these investigations and prosecutions.

August 26, 2020
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On Friday, July 17, 2020, Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) Brian D. Miller and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) G. Zachary Terwilliger announced a formal partnership to pursue civil and criminal investigations of financial misconduct and fraud related to the CARES Act of 2020.

V&E Government Investigations Update

July 20, 2020
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On July 9, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to seek restitution in federal court for consumers who have been harmed by fraud and other misconduct in the marketplace.

July 16, 2020