Earlier this week, the Southern District of New York dismissed bribery and honest services wire fraud charges brought against New York’s former lieutenant governor, Brian Benjamin, based upon the Indictment’s failure to allege an explicit quid pro quo arrangement with respect to campaign contributions, instead of an agreement by implication. The decision marks the first time that a New York federal court has held that an express agreement is required before an individual can be convicted of bribery and wire fraud in a campaign contribution case,… More
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In the past two weeks, the federal government has charged several individuals in Paycheck Protection Program loan fraud schemes. The allegations have ranged from applying for loans for non-operating businesses to using loan funds to buy cars and jewelry. Charges announced this week showed a whole new level of creativity. A Texas man, Samuel Yates, allegedly used an online name generator to make up the names of hundreds of employees in an effort to obtain a $5 million loan. … More
Earlier today, the Supreme Court threw out federal program and wire fraud convictions for two former public officials who conspired to induce traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey as political retaliation in 2013. Bridget Anne Kelly and William Baroni were convicted of fraud charges in 2015 for their role in diverting lanes of traffic on the George Washington Bridge to “send [Fort Lee’s Mayor Mark Sokolich] a message” after Sokolich refused to support Governor Christie’s re-election campaign in 2013. … More
On January 28, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that a 13-count indictment against Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and various affiliated parties was unsealed earlier that day. Huawei is charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, obstruction of justice, and various related conspiracy charges.
All charges in the indictment stem from Huawei’s alleged long-standing ploy to deceive financial institutions and the U.S.… More