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Second Circuit Reverses Attorney’s Conviction for Exclusion of Public from Jury Selection

Posted in Jury Selection

Raghubir Gupta, a New York attorney, was convicted in 2008 in the Southern District of New York of preparing fraudulent immigration applications and sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed Gupta’s conviction, holding that the trial court violated Gupta’s Sixth Amendment rights by excluding the… Continue Reading

3 UBS Execs Convicted of Municipal Bond Bid Fraud

Posted in Fraud

Three former Union Bank of Switzerland–UBS–executives were convicted on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, as reported by NASDAQ. Peter Ghavami, Gary Heinz and Michael Welty were found guilty of fraud relating to bids to invest the proceeds from municipal bonds and other municipal finance contracts between 2001… Continue Reading

New Jersey Senator Acquitted of Corruption Charges

Posted in Fraud

From the reporters at NorthJersey.com comes news that former New Jersey State Senator Wayne Bryant was acquitted last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New Jersey. The charges against Bryant were based upon a “monthly retainer” agreement between Bryant and Eric Wisler, a developer and partner in the DeCotiis Law… Continue Reading

Former Yankees Pitcher and 7-Time Cy Young Award Winner Roger Clemens Acquitted on All Counts in Federal Perjury/Obstruction Prosecution

Posted in Acquittal

The Federal criminal story of the week is the acquittal of former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on two counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing Congress. The charges against Clemens arose from his testimony before Congress… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Holds Theft of “Source Code” Not a Crime Under the National Stolen Property Act

Posted in Cybercrime

Sergey Aleynikov was convicted for stealing and transferring proprietary "source code" in violation of the National Stolen Property Act (NSPA), 18 U.S.C. § 2314, and the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) of 1996, 18 U.S.C. § 1832. Source code is computer instructions in a human-readable text. Aleynikov was a computer programmer for Goldman Sachs & Co., who developed source… Continue Reading

Public Officials Have Charges Thrown Out in the Wake of Operation “Bid Rig,” Allege that Sting Was Politically Motivated

Posted in Noteworthy Cases

Back in July of 2009, we considered one of the largest political corruption sting operations in the nation’s history, FBI Operation "Bid Rig," which resulted in the arrest and charging of 44 individuals, primarily in New Jersey. Well, at least one of the individuals, former New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Manzo, fought the charges, as… Continue Reading

Southern Union Co. v. United States — Must a Jury, and not the Judge, Find the Facts Necessary to Impose a Criminal Fine?

Posted in Corporate Crimes

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466 (2000), held that the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution require that any fact which increases punishment beyond the maximum prescribed by statute must be determined by a jury, rather than a judge. The Court’s holding in Apprendi led to its… Continue Reading

New Hampshire Jury Deadlocked in Case Against Woman with Alleged Involvement in Rwandan Genocide

Posted in Miscellaneous

Image source: www.travel-to.info/2011/09/rwanda-the-most-hilly-place-of-the-world/ Beatric Munyenyezi may be found guilty on two counts of lying on applications to enter the U.S. in her trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Far, far more disturbing, Munyenyezi may also have been a ringleader in the 1994 genocide of ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda. Some allege… Continue Reading

Atlanta Man Indicted in New York for Securities Fraud, Insider Trading

Posted in Fraud, indictment, Securities Fraud

Image source: www.google.com/imgres Scott Allen, of Atlanta, was charged last week with securities fraud and insider trading in the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal. The government alleges that Mr. Allen and John Bennett of Norwalk, Connecticut, conspired to make more than $2.6 million in profits on insider trades… Continue Reading

Fayetteville Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Defrauding Colleges and Universities

Posted in Arraignment, Fraud, indictment

The season for college sports is upon us once again and what better way to honor the occasion than with a bit of news from 7th Space Interactive that Dale Brannan, of Fayetteville, Georgia, has been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for defrauding various universities and colleges, including… Continue Reading

Former Yankees Pitcher Roger Clemens Granted Mistrial in Prosecution for False Statements, Perjury and Obstruction

Posted in Mistrial

  As reported by ESPN (and virtually every other media outlet), United States District Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens’ request for a mistrial in his prosecution on three counts of making false statements, two counts of perjury, and one… Continue Reading

New York Attorney Salvatore J. Piemonte Acquitted on Federal Charges of Allegedly Aiding and Abetting Drug Dealers

Posted in Acquittal

Salvatore J. Piemonte, a former prosecutor for the Onondage County District Attorney’s Office in Syracuse, New York, for seven years, and former a local judge, was indicted last November in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York for allegedly aiding and abetting the sale of marijuana, according to Syracuse.com. The government charged… Continue Reading

Diamond Store Owner Arthur Hiaeve Acquitted on Federal Money Laundering Charges on Venue Grounds

Posted in Acquittal, Forfeiture, Venue

Arthur "Avi" Hiaeve, owner of the Manhattan diamond store, Hiaeve & Co., was acquitted last Wednesday on money laundering charges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. According to Reuters, Senior District Judge Allyne Ross granted Mr. Hiaeve’s motion for judgment of acquittal on the seven counts of laundering drug… Continue Reading

New York Senator May Be Retried in Wake of Supreme Court’s “Honest Services” Fraud Decision

Posted in Acquittal, Fraud, Noteworthy Cases

New York Senator Joseph L. Bruno was indicted in January of 2009 on eight counts of fraud. A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York acquitted Bruno, who is now 81 years old and the former Republican Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, on five of the remaining… Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Pardons; To Rob or Not to Rob? 78 Year-Old Georgia Man Charged With Bank Robbery

Posted in Miscellaneous

Today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an article on the nine pardons announced by the White House on Friday–the first pardons issued by President Obama. The pardons related to a variety of offenses dating all the way back to 1960. Only recipient appears to have been charged with an alleged federal, "white collar" crime–Laurens Dorsey, of Syracuse,… Continue Reading

Life in Shambles for New Hampshire Psychiatrist Acquitted of VA Charges

Posted in Acquittal, Noteworthy Cases

Dr. William Weeks had a life many would envy. He was a prominent psychiatrist, a professor at Dartmouth College, a physician at the local Department of Veterans’ Affairs hospital, a nationally-recognized expert on rural healthcare, the head of his town’s School Board and treasurer of his church. However, as reported by Fox News, his life… Continue Reading

Georgia Piano Importer Charged Over Alleged 100 Year Old Elephant Ivory; Loganville Man Allegedly Bilked New York Investor Into Paying $5 Million in Foreign Currency Scheme

Posted in Fraud, indictment, Miscellaneous

In Georgia Federal Criminal news, the Associated Press reports that Federal prosecutors charged A-440 Pianos, Inc., a piano importer in the Atlanta area, and its owner, Pascal Vieillard, last week with alleged illegal smuggling of 855 elephant ivory key tops into the U.S. Mr. Vieillard and the company pled not guilty, and Mr. Vieillard’s counsel has stated… Continue Reading

In-House Counsel to the Mob? Court Denies Government’s Motion to Disqualify Attorney Joseph Corozzo, Jr.

Posted in Disqualification, Miscellaneous

As reported by the New York Law Journal, Michael Scarpaci is current charged as an alleged associate of the Gambino crime organization in the Southern District of New York in an indictment charging racketeering violations, including murder, witness tampering, murder of a witness, extortion, narcotics and sex trafficking a minor. In a twist, however, Scarpaci’s… Continue Reading

Blagjojevich Jury Still Out–Two Weeks Later; NY Company and Owner Indicted in GA for Purchasing Stolen Baby Formula, Razors

Posted in Blagosphere

As most of the nation is aware, the jury continues to deliberate in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Robert. As noted on the Chicago Tribune’s Blagojevich on Trial blog,  on Friday the jury informed U.S. District Judge James Zagel that it had reached a verdict on only two… Continue Reading

New York Defendant Indicted for $50 Million in Fraud from ATM, Armored Car and Other Businesses

Posted in Bank Fraud, Fraud

As reflected in an FBI press release, an indictment was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Robert Egan, President of Mount Vernon Money Center (MVMC) on Wednesday charging Egan with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud and six counts of bank fraud for… Continue Reading

“J4guar17″ a/k/a “Soupnazi” a/k/a Super Hacker Albert Gonzalez Pleads Guilty to One of the Largest Data Thefts in U.S. History

Posted in Cybercrime, Fraud

Once again demonstrating the massive potential for crime created by our digital age, 28 year-old Albert Gonzalez pled guilty to two counts of conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to payment card networks last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey according to a DOJ press release. Gonzalez was charged with hacking… Continue Reading

FBI Operation “Bid Rig” Nabs 44 Suspects in New Jersey Public Corruption, Illegal Organ Transplant and Designer Merchandise Schemes

Posted in False Claims, Fraud, High Profile Cases, Money Laundering

  The 44 public officials and other persons arrested in the massive sweep on Thursday by the FBI, the result of efforts by the convicted son of a rabbi, include: Daniel Van Pelt, State Assemblyman; Peter Cammarano III, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey; Dennis Elwell, Mayor of Secaucus, New Jersey; Anthony Suarez, Mayor of Ridgefield,… Continue Reading