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Top Northern Virginia Dermatologist Indicted for Health Care Fraud and Obstruction

Posted on: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

In the Wake of the Affordable Care Act, Feds Get Aggressive on Health Care Fraud

By White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Terry Eaton

Aug. 28, 2014

A federal grand jury impaneled in Alexandria, Virginia handed down a 60-count indictment on Aug. 12, charging one of Northern Virginia’s top dermatologists with health care fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1347, aggravated identity theft in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1028A, and obstruction of justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1512. If convicted, Dr. Amir Bajoghli, faces 10 years in prison for each health care fraud count, two years in prison for each of the aggravated identity theft counts and up to 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice. According to

Meditation For Lawyers

Meditation can be a valuable tool for lawyers dealing with constant stress and negativity.

Posted on: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

Maryland Police Officer Indicted for Perjury in Narcotics Case

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Posted on: Monday, August 11th, 2014

It’s every police officer’s worse nightmare, being accused of lying on the witness stand about a case that you investigated. Whether you are a local police officer, FBI or DEA Agent, a U.S. Secret Service Agent, or a Corrections Officer your integrity and perceived honesty are priceless. Once they are called into question, it may be impossible to earn back your reputation.

Federal Express Indicted for Drug Trafficking

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Posted on: Friday, August 1st, 2014

Has the internet-age caused a shift in the U.S. war on drugs?  Maybe.  Market watchers and legal experts were shaken when a federal grand jury impaneled in San Francisco handed down a 15-count indictment on July 17 charging global shipping giant FedEx Corporation, and its subsidiaries, with Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sections 841 and 846, among other charges.

Campus Disciplinary Hearing Procedures for Sex Assault Cases Jeopardize the Rights of the Accused

College Campus Sexual Assault Hearings Need to Protect the Accused's Rights.

Posted on: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

A recent sexual assault case, which received wide media coverage at Catholic University,exposes the weaknesses in the internal disciplinary proceedings in place at most college and university campuses.  While there are a lot of areas where improvements are needed to protect the rights of the victims, we are particularly disturbed by the way campuses also jeopardize the rights of the accused in these investigations and proceedings.

Harvard Should Rethink Its Use of the “Preponderance of the Evidence” Standard in Campus Rape Cases

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Posted on: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Harvard University recently announced it would adopt the Obama Administration’s recommendation that universities and colleges use a “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof rather than the higher “clear and convincing standard” in deciding campus rape and sexual assault cases.  We believe this change is ill advised. Supporters of the lower standard of evidence in campus rape cases believe it is justified because of the administrative nature of such proceedings and the fact that the “preponderance of the evidence” standard is used in other civil rights cases.

Are Federal Sentencing Guidelines for White Collar Crimes Too Harsh?

Posted on: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Federal Judge Sentences Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to 10 Years, Declines to Impose Overly Harsh Federal Sentencing Guidelines. On July 9, 2014, United States District Court Judge Helen Berrigan sentenced former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin to 10 years in prison after a jury convicted him last February of fraud, bribery, money laundering, and other public corruption related crimes.  Nagin, a 58-year-old Democrat, faced a possible sentence of 12 to 30 years under the Federal Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines.

Cleaning House in Virginia?

Posted on: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Feds Launch Probe Into Former State Senator’s Resignation and Job Offer at the Tobacco Fund Commission

By Terry Eaton, White Collar Defense Attorney

Just as you were preparing to close your jaw after the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria unsealed a 43-page, 14-count indictment against Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell, news of a new storm brewing in Virginia has broken.  This is not the kind of storm that comes with gale force winds off the Atlantic Ocean.  Rather, it is a sordid and alleged tale involving political back room deals, a choice job offer, and the alleged agreement of a sitting Virginia State Senator to resign his seat in an effort to change the b...

Phony Medical Research Earns Iowa State University Scientist Criminal Charges

Posted on: Friday, June 27th, 2014

By Terry Eaton, White Collar Defense Attorney

Sometimes ground breaking medical research results are too good to be true. In this case, it was because the
scientist responsible for the research allegedly committed health care fraud by falsifying his research results.
Federal prosecutors have charged Dr. Dong Pyou Han, a 57 year old medical researcher at Iowa State
University, with four counts of making false statements to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to
support grant applications that led to millions of dollars in HIV/AIDS vaccine related funding. Prior to the
government uncovering this alleged fraudulent scheme, Dr. Han’s research findings were considered ground
breaking ...

Supreme Court Considers Police Ability to Search Cell Phones without Warrants

Posted on: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

By Julia Cole, Price Benowitz Junior Editor

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard two cases this week related to whether or not police officers should be able to search an arrested individual’s cell phone without a warrant. Justices weighed in on the fine line between what constitutes a violation of a person’s Fourth Amendment rights versus the importance of gaining evidence in the pursuit of a criminal conviction.

On Tuesday, SCOTUS heard two cases surrounding the matter of police having unlimited access to the information stored on someone’s smartphone without first obtaining a search warrant. Given that the initial rights granted to American citizens protecting them against unlawful search and seizure had no way of predicting that someday individua...