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The IRS Called Me about Tax Fraud. What Do I Need to Know?

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and investigates taxpayers across the country who are suspected of underreporting or underpaying their federal tax liability. This includes not only liability for federal income tax, but also unemployment tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and federal excise taxes. An IRS audit...

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DOJ Announces Nationwide Opioid Fraud Takedown Involving $6 Billion in Alleged False and Fraudulent Claims

On September 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced what it is calling a "historic nationwide enforcement action" that has resulted in charges against 345 defendants who are all accused of playing a role in an alleged $6 billion opioid fraud network. According to the DOJ’s press release:...

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Factors Used in Determining Whether to Grant/Deny A Foreign National Prisoner Transfer

Introduction Prisoners in both federal and state custody can request an international prison transfer to serve the remainder of their sentence in their home country. Prior to initializing such transfer process, compliance with treaty provisions, federal legislations, and state laws (if relevant) is required. For instance, prisoners can only be...

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How to Create and Run a PAC in Compliance with Federal Laws

Introduction Organizing and creating a PAC can be an intimidating task especially when considering the main objectives of raising funds to support a cause, deciding who should be the beneficiary of the contributions received, and then determining how to account for all the committee's activities. Such activities also include maintaining...

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DOJ Announces Settlement of Two Cases Involving Allegations of Fraudulently Billing Medicare for Electro-Acupuncture Services

On August 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a pain management physician in Texas had agreed to settle charges of Medicare fraud involving electro-acupuncture services. The announcement comes less than two months after the DOJ announced a similar settlement involving a Texas anesthesiologist. DOJ: Pain Management...

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Federal Laws You Need to Know When Running for Office

Introduction Running for federal office can be both an energizing but challenging time for potential candidates. After qualifying as a candidate, there is a host of federal laws that regulate the campaign contribution process.  Federal election campaign finance laws (1) regulate the amount, frequency, and source of contributions; (2) place...

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What is “Risk Management” in the Healthcare Setting?

Working in healthcare inherently presents several types of risk. Risks such as those associated with treating patients, storing confidential patient records, maintaining a safe work environment, and maintaining emergency response capabilities are front-and-center for many providers and facility administrators, but the reality is that these only represent one subset of...

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How Can You Protect Your Assets if You are Potentially Facing a Federal Investigation or Litigation?

At the federal level, civil and criminal penalties for statutory violations and judgments awarded in private civil litigation are almost always substantial. In many cases, individuals can face fines in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, and many federal statutes increase the penalties for corporate entities by a...

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COVID-19 PPE Fraud Defense

Personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be in high demand during the COVID-19 crisis. Federal authorities are using their authority to make sure that critical PPE is available, and this includes taking aggressive action against PPE fraud. Among the many storylines that have taken center stage in the media during...

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What Doctors Need to Know About DEA Administrative Law Procedures

All practicing doctors must register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in order to handle and prescribe controlled substances. The DEA, through authority promulgated by the Controlled Substances Act, oversees doctors' practices with regard to prescribing this medication. If the DEA has cause to believe a doctor has engaged in...

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