Blood Testing Laboratory to Pay $6 Million to Settle Allegations of Kickbacks and Unnecessary Testing

On April 28, 2017, Quest Diagnostics Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to resolve an alleged False Claims Act violation for paying kickbacks to physicians and patients to induce the use of Berkeley HeartLab Inc., a Quest subsidiary, for blood testing services and unnecessary medical tests.  View Full Post
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Former RMBS Trader Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison, Fined $2 Million After Re-Trial

On April 26, 2017, Jesse Litvak, a former trader of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for engaging in fraudulent RMBS trades.  Litvak was also ordered to pay a $2 million fine.  View Full Post
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Pacific Pulmonary Services Agrees to Pay $11.4 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations

On April 25, 2017, Branden Partners, L.P., doing business as Pacific Pulmonary Services, agreed to pay $11.4 million to resolve allegations that it and its general partner, Teijin Pharma USA LLC, violated the False Claims Act.  Pacific Pulmonary Services provides oxygen tanks and related supplies, and sleep therapy equipment, to patients’ homes.  View Full Post
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Vice President and Risk Management Specialist at Investment Bank Charged with Insider Trading

On April 24, 2017, Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy, a vice president and risk management specialist at a Manhattan-based investment bank, was arrested and charged with insider trading, in connection with making $48,000 in profits from stock and options trading based on material nonpublic information about a private equity fund’s potential acquisition of a publicly traded company.  View Full Post
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Delivers Remarks at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference

On April 24, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference.  In his remarks, Sessions stated that he wanted to “make clear” that, under his leadership, “the Department of Justice remains committed to enforcing all the laws”  including “laws regarding corporate misconduct, fraud, foreign corruption and other types of white-collar crime.”  Sessions noted that he spent his “first weeks as Attorney General” making sure that the Department “strengthens its … Continue Reading View Full Post
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Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division Speaks at ACI’s 19th Annual Conference On Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

On April 20, 2017, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden spoke at the American Conference Institute (“ACI”) about the Department of Justice’s continued focus on white collar crime.  Affirming the Department’s commitment, McFadden said, “While we are boosting our focus on violent crime prosecutions, the Criminal Division is fully engaged in combating crime in all its forms, and no matter what color collar its perpetrators wear.  View Full Post
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Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden Speaks at Anti-Corruption, Export Controls & Sanctions 10th Compliance Summit

On April 18, 2017, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Trevor N. McFadden addressed attendees at the Anti-Corruption, Export Controls & Sanctions Compliance Summit in Washington, D.C. about Corporate Social Responsibility.  Referencing his time working in private practice, McFadden expressed his view that “the vast majority of international business and business leaders want to get compliance right.”  He also said that the improvements in corporate compliance were “quite impressive” as compared to before the enactment … Continue Reading View Full Post
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Four Individuals Arrested for Multi-Million Dollar Securities Fraud and Money Laundering Schemes

On April 14, 2017, four individuals were arrested for their involvement in a stock manipulation scheme involve BioCube, Inc. and their efforts to launder approximately $2 million in illegal proceeds.  The four individuals are Chris Messalas, Boris Rubizhevky, Michael Garnick and Dimitrios Argyros.  View Full Post
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Software Engineer Charged with Attempting to Steal Proprietary Trading Code from His Employer

On April 13, 2017, Dmitry Sazonov was charged with attempted theft of trade secrets for his alleged attempted theft of proprietary computer code for a trading platform from his employer, a financial services firm with an office in New York.  According to the complaint, Sazonov allegedly took various steps to attempt to steal proprietary code in advance of a February 3, 2017 meeting with a supervisor about the future of his role at the firm.  View Full Post
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Takata Corporation Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Pay $1 Billion in Criminal Penalties

On February 27, 2017, Tokyo-based Takata Corporation, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud stemming from the company’s conduct in relation to sales of defective airbag inflators.  Takata, which is one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety-related equipment, will pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties, including $975 million in restitution and a $25 million fine.  View Full Post
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