War on Fraud in the Defense Industry

Tom Gallagher, a partner with Pepper Hamilton and chair of the firm’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Group, is a former prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as well as a former counsel to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

In this podcast, Tom discusses the U.S. government’s war on fraud in the defense industry, including the indictment unsealed in the Northern District of Georgia in November 2009, United States of America v. Public Warehousing Company.

If you are interested in learning more about the latest developments in White Collar and Corporate Investigations, email podcasts@pepperlaw.com to subscribe to Pepper Hamilton’s updates.

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Application of Honest Services Mail Fraud in the Private Sector

Pepper partner Frank Razzano, a partner in Pepper’s Washington office who focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, with a special emphasis on Securities & Exchange Commission enforcement, will moderate a panel entitled “Application of Honest Services Mail Fraud in the Private Sector” at the American Bar Association's 24th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime.

The honest services fraud statute was enacted by Congress in 1988 with virtually no legislative history. Since then, courts have struggled to define that statute by creating varying, contradictory and competing limitations. The Supreme Court has now taken cert in three cases – U.S. v. Black, U.S. v. Weyhrauch and Skilling v. U.S. Panelists will explore the various concepts involved and predict what may be expected from the Supreme Court.

In this podcast, Frank discusses how the theory of honest services fraud arose, what the courts have done in the last twenty years to interpret the statute and the three cases before the Supreme Court.

For more information about the American Bar Association's 24th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, please visit www.abanet.org/cle/programs/n10wcc1.html.

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Voluntary Disclosure Program Encourages Compliance with Foreign Account Reporting

Last year, there were increased efforts by federal prosecutors and IRS agents to investigate taxpayers for failing to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs) and foreign earned income.

In this podcast with Len Schneidman, of counsel in Pepper Hamilton’s Tax practice and resident of Pepper’s Boston office, and Michael Schwartz, a partner in Pepper’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations practice and resident of the Philadelphia office, they discuss one of the tactics of the IRS to recover these outstanding taxes, the Voluntary Disclosure Program.

If you are interested in receiving Pepper’s Tax or White Collar and Corporate Criminal Investigations Client Alerts, please email podcasts@pepperlaw.com.
 
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Honest Services Fraud

Frank Razzano is a partner in Pepper’s Washington office and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, with a special emphasis on Securities & Exchange Commission enforcement.

In this podcast, Frank discusses the uncertainty surrounding a federal law concerning “honest services” fraud. For more on this topic, see the article by Frank and Kristin Jones entitled "Prosecution of Private Corporate Conduct" in the January/February 2009 edition of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today.

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Pepper Partner Helps Investigate Corruption in Saddam’s Regime

Pepper partner Greg Paw is a member of Pepper’s White Collar and Corporate Investigations and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, in our offices in Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey.

Greg’s expertise led him to serve the United States Department of Justice in Iraq, as an advisor to the Iraqi government on criminal cases against former members of the regime of Saddam Hussein. He was deeply involved in the United States’ criminal prosecutions and investigations there, which were part of the United Nations’ wider examination of corruption involving funds and goods intended for the United Nation’s Oil-for-Food Program.

In this podcast, Greg discusses some fascinating tales about the inner workings of Saddam’s Iraq, and about the everyday people he met there.

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Show Me the Money: Who’s Looking at the Federal State and Local Campaign Contributions and Why?

Recently, Pepper Hamilton hosted an event entitled “Show Me the Money: Who’s Looking at the Federal State and Local Campaign Contributions and Why?” for the ABA’s Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the White Collar Crime Committee.

Michael Schwartz, a Pepper partner in the Commercial Litigation, White Collar and Corporate Investigations and Media and Communications Practice Groups moderated this interesting event.

Panelists included Richard Barrett, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District Election Officer, and Chief of the Corruption, Labor Racketeering and Tax Section, United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; J. Shane Creamer, Jr., Executive Director with the Philadelphia Board of Ethics; Joan Markman, Chief Integrity Officer of the City of Philadelphia; and Zach Stalberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Committee of Seventy.

This podcast includes the panel discussion on conduit campaign contributions, the Hobbs Act extortion, current enforcement trends and other federal election issues.

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