Sequestration May Lead to Increase in Financial Fraud and Other Crimes, Preet Bharara Warns

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, knows about prosecuting financial fraud, and other federal crimes. So, when he warns that sequestration is severely harming the ability of his office to meet its mission, we all should pay attention. Speaking before the New York...

Should Corrupt Politicians Keep Their Government Pensions? Manhattan US Attorney Says No

Suppose an elected government official is convicted of corruption. Should the official be able to receive his or her government pension – perhaps while in prison? Many people think not. Apparently, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York agrees with that view. Preet Bharara has...

#1 in Financial Fraud Law: US Attorney Preet Bharara

When we here at the Financial Fraud Law Blog think about financial fraud law, it does not take long before we think about the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. In a little over four years as U.S. Attorney – following his unanimous confirmation by the Senate –...

4 Keys to JPMorgan’s Expected Madoff Deal

Here are the four key elements of JPMorgan Chase’s likely settlement with federal prosecutors over charges against the bank relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme: The bank will pay $2 billion to settle civil charges and criminal charges under the Bank Secrecy Act; A portion –...

JPMorgan Admits Violation of the Bank Secrecy Act for Failed Madoff Oversight

J.P.Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., has admitted that it willfully violated the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) by failing to report suspicious transactions arising out of Bernard Madoff’s decades-long, multi-billion dollar fraudulent Ponzi scheme. The bank now has been fined $461 million by the Financial Crimes...

JPMorgan’s $1.7 Billion Payment to Go to Madoff Victims

One of the very interesting aspects of the $2.05 billion settlement reached by J.P.Morgan Chase with federal prosecutors over the bank’s violation of the Bank Secrecy Act for failing to exercise proper oversight of Bernard Madoff’s business is what the government is planning to do with the...

‘Cheating’ Mathew Martoma Now a ‘Convicted Felon,’ Preet Bharara Says

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (pictured) issued a statement following the conviction of Mathew Martoma for insider trading that is worth reading: “As the jury unanimously found, Mathew Martoma cultivated and purchased the confidence of doctors with secret knowledge of an experimental Alzheimer's...

Madoff Victims Get More Time to File Claims with Fed’s Madoff Victim Fund

The deadline for filing claims with the federal Madoff Victim Fund (the “MVF”) has been extended to April 30, 2014. This extension was recommended by Special Master Richard C. Breeden, who is administering the MVF on behalf of the Department of Justice. To date, the MVF has received approximately...

Disability Doctor Peter J. Lesniewski Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for His Role in Long Island Railroad Fraud

Peter J. Lesniewski, a Board-certified orthopedist, has been sentenced in Manhattan federal court to eight years in prison for his role in the alleged massive fraud scheme in which Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers claimed to be disabled upon early retirement so that they could receive disability benefits...

Liying Lin Found Guilty of Immigration Fraud Offenses

Liying Lin, a/k/a “the Deacon,” has been found guilty in Manhattan federal court of one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and two counts of immigration fraud. Lin was convicted after a seven day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. She was...

After Being Videotaped Practicing Jiujitsu, Defendant Gets 37 Months in Prison in LIRR Disability Fraud Case

Fred Catalano, a former maintenance foreman for the Long Island Rail Road who was convicted for his role in a massive disability insurance fraud insurance scheme after jurors saw a videotape of him practicing jiujitsu after he had retired on disability, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison. Catalano’s...