• Bank Fraud,  Securities Fraud

    Would You Buy A Subpoena Response From This Man?

    Always pay attention when the Department of Justice becomes enthusiastic about a long-neglected statute.  (The federal False Claims Act was dormant for almost a century).  Here is a sound, short article by Professor Peter J. Henning of Wayne State University Law School on a “new toy” for the Government: U.S. Finds Fresh Use for Seldom-Used Statute in Subprime Cases.  In discussing the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (or “FIRREA”), the federal law enacted in response to the savings-and-loan crisis, Professor Henning notes: Firrea is not just a penalty provision, however, because it also authorizes the Justice Department to pursue civil investigations into potential violations. Rather than just using it…

  • Evidence,  Securities Fraud

    The Martoma Trial and Character Evidence in White-Collar Trials

    In the trial of former SAC hedge fund manager Mathew Martoma, the dispute over getting kicked out of Harvard Law School  is worth noting for what evidence we have juries consider at white-collar trials and what we don’t: In 1999, Mr. Martoma was expelled from Harvard for creating a false transcript when he applied for a clerkship with a federal judge, court papers unsealed on Thursday showed. Mr. Martoma used a computer program to change several grades from B’s to A’s, including one in criminal law, and then sent the forged transcript to 23 judges as part of the application process. Then, during a Harvard disciplinary hearing to determine whether…

  • Securities Fraud,  Sentencing

    From our friends at the White Collar Crime Prof Blog

    Quick collection of white-collar news from the   White Collar Crime Prof Blog: Mark Hamblett & Sara Randazzo, The AmLaw Daily, Ex-Kirkland Partner Sentenced to One Year For Tax  Fraud George J. Terwilliger III, National Law Journal, Walking a Tightrope in White-Collar Investigations AP, Las Vegas Sun, Ex-Akamai exec barred for 5 years in SEC case; Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg, Ex-Akamai Executive Settles SEC Suit Over Rajaratnam Tips Nate Raymond, Reuters, Baltimore Sun, U.S. prosecutor cautions against white-collar sentencing revamp Jennifer Koons, Main Justice, Former Enron Prosecutor Tapped to Head Criminal Division Zachery Fagenson, Reuters, Ex-Bolivian anti-corruption official denied bail in Miami extortion case

  • SEC,  Securities Fraud

    SEC Game-Time Program

    Can’t tell the players without a program.   This is a handy graphic guide (via @WSJ) to the persons, entities, events and outcomes in SEC enforcement related to the financial crisis.

  • Bank Fraud,  Evidence,  Insider Trading,  Securities Fraud,  Trials, Judges and Jurors

    New DOJ Cases From the Financial Crisis? Look For This Criminal/Civil Hybrid

    A good summary by Peter Henning, here —   DOJ Financial Crisis Cases?  — about possible future cases arising from the financial crisis and the Government’s use of a FIRREA provision.  In part: But pursuing criminal cases from the financial crisis gets increasingly difficult, especially against individuals, because unlike a good bottle of wine, evidence does not age well. Memories dim and the chance of finding the “smoking gun” e-mail or recording that can help implicate a defendant in a fraudulent scheme becomes less likely with the passage of time. Mr. Holder will more likely pursue charges under a civil statute that has become the Justice Department’s favorite tool of late against…

  • Fifth Amendment,  Insider Trading,  Legal Education,  SEC,  Securities Fraud

    Complimentary One-Day Financial Services CLE SuperCourse in NYC

    If you are in the New York area, this is an excellent source of free CLE: Network of Trial Law Firms Financial Services CLE Supercourse When?  Friday, September 20, when experienced financial services practitioners from across the U.S. and Canada convene in New York City.  Breakfast and lunch at the City Bar Building (44th St. near Sixth Ave.) are included.  Presentations are short (20 minutes each). Sign-up?  on-line. Why? I admit it —  I’m speaking (actually, I’m leading a breakout session on “White-Collar Crime.”). Topics: Litigating against FINRA and the SEC 18 USC 1519: The Changing Face of Obstruction Traditional and Alternative Products: Suitability and Supervisory Issues FINRA Arbitration –…

  • Insider Trading,  Securities Fraud

    A Prosecutorial Campaign In The Media

    Mr. Bharara’s comments are measured, but a prosecutorial campaign in the media is always disquieting (as a defendant’s media campaign can be troubling): Prosecutor Hits The Media Trail.  And, although it’s true that “sometimes it’s the case that conduct is so pervasive and there’s so much that shouldn’t be going on that is going on, that the only way that justice can be done is by indicting the entire institution,” very few American businesses — even those with some very bad apples —are actually run as criminal enterprises.  Rather, the threat of a company indictment is often simply a tool to achieve other prosecutorial ends.