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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Tax Evasion Statute

Tax evasion is a serious federal crime. Individuals convicted of violating the federal tax evasion statute can face fines and prison time, while corporate tax evaders can face fines far in excess of those imposed for individuals. Due to its breadth, the federal tax evasion statute covers nearly all forms...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Mail Fraud Statute

The federal mail fraud statute is one of the most potent weapons in the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) law enforcement arsenal. Not only is the federal mail fraud statute extremely broad in scope, but it also imposes substantial penalties. As a result, the DOJ can pursue charges under the...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Phone and Telemarketing Fraud Statutes

Phone and telemarketing fraud remain top priorities for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and other federal agencies. As the Legal Information Institute (LII) explains, "Phone and telemarketing fraud refers to any type of scheme in which a criminal communicates with the potential victim via the...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal False Claims Act

The False Claims Act is a broad federal statute that allows for both civil and criminal enforcement in appropriate cases. As the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) explains, the statute was "originally enacted in 1863 in response to defense contractor fraud during the American Civil War." Today, the DOJ continues...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Bribery and Public Corruption Statute

Bribery and public corruption are serious federal crimes. While the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) addresses bribery, gratuities, and other corrupt activities involving foreign entities, the federal bribery and public corruption statute, 18 U.S.C. Section 201, focuses on bribery and public corruption at home. Specifically, it addresses bribery and corruption...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Wire Fraud Statute

When prosecuting defendants for white-collar crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will often file charges under the federal wire fraud statute. This statute is one of the DOJ's most potent weapons, as it is both extremely broad and imposes substantial penalties. How substantial? In a typical case, a defendant...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Securities Fraud Statute

Federal securities laws allow for both civil and criminal prosecution of entities and individuals suspected of defrauding investors. While there are several laws that regulate the securities industry (alongside the SEC’s and FINRA’s Rules), there is one primary federal statute that applies in criminal cases. This is the federal securities...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Money Laundering Statute

Money laundering is a serious federal offense. Financial institutions and other businesses implicated in money laundering schemes can face substantial fines, while individuals convicted under the federal money laundering statute can face both fines and federal prison time. With these risks in mind, entities and individuals facing allegations under statute...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Insurance Fraud Statute

Insurance fraud is a serious federal crime. Entities and individuals accused of defrauding insurance companies and committing other insurance-related crimes can face substantial fines and terms of imprisonment under federal law. The federal insurance fraud laws apply to insurance companies, insurance company employees, claimants, and other outsiders. The main federal...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Federal Kickback Statutes

The federal kickback statutes impose civil and criminal penalties for healthcare providers, government contractors, and other individuals and entities that pay unlawful referral fees and other forms of remuneration out of federally reimbursed funds. These statutes are intended to help fight fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA) involving taxpayer funds, and...

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