The Galleon Insider Trading Case: A Key Guilty Plea

In what is beginning to look like a continuing stream of guilty pleas, Danielle Chiesi pleaded guilty in the Galleon insider trading cases. She is one of the original defendants in the Galleon cases. Ms. Cheisi pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. She had been...

Fancy SoCal Bistro Hit By I-9 ICEberg; Owner Pleads Guilty, Faces Sentencing In December

"The owner of one of San Diego’s most established dining rooms and high-end bakeries, The French Gourmet, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to the longtime practice of hiring undocumented workers." San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 13, 2011 . “They’re using a...

Arizona contractor pleads guilty to unlawful hiring

"A southern Arizona contractor pleaded guilty in Tucson on Friday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the first case in the state in which authorities pursued criminal charges instead of just fines." - Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2011 .

Guilty plea in H-2B fraud scheme

"Voisine knowingly submitted H2B application forms containing falsifications or misrepresentations to the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2007. The forms said Santa Cruz Management would employ 306 workers from the Philippines in the housekeeping industry at hotels and motels in the...

Malecot avoids prison, takes $400K hit for illegal hires

SAN DIEGO — "A judge fined the owner of a popular restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 Thursday for employing [unauthorized] immigrants in a rare case of federal prosecutors charging an employer with illegal hiring. Michel Malecot, 59, was spared prison time and his fines and penalties...

Guilty Plea in Massive Immigration Fraud Case

"EARL SETH DAVID, a/k/a "Rabbi Avraham David,” pled guilty today to operating a massive immigration fraud mill through his Manhattan-based law practice. ... From 1996 until early 2009, DAVID operated a Manhattan-based immigration law firm that made millions of dollars purportedly procuring...

Two New Jersey Men Admit to $3.5 Million Ponzi Scheme; 'Secret Computer Trading Program' Was Fake

Two New Jersey men pled guilty to charges that they masterminded a Ponzi scheme that duped investors out of nearly $4 million. Carmelo Provenzano, 29, and Daniel Dragan, 41, both entered into plea agreements with prosecutors in which they pled guilty to a single charge of wire fraud conspiracy. Both...

Supreme Court Reminds that Judges Should Not Participate in Plea Negotiations

In United States v. Davila , ___ U.S. ___, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4541 (2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a criminal tax case, here free version , decided June 13, the defendant was charged with multiple counts of tax fraud and conspiracy. As is typical, the Government indicated...

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case

"Kizzy Kalu, age 49, of Highlands Ranch, [Colorado,] was found guilty today of 89 counts of mail fraud, visa fraud, human trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced. ... According to the indictment and evidence presented...

Florida Court Allows Rescission of a Professional Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Diamond Title of Sarasota, Inc ., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170981 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 4, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider whether an...