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Former DC Fire Inspector Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former DC fire inspector has pled guilty to second degree felony fraud after using her government issued credit card to spend $11,000 on gas for her personal vehicle.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Kimberly Pinkney, a former inspector for the DC Fire Department (DCFD) pleaded guilty in Superior Court to Second Degree Felony Fraud, for using her government issued credit card to buy over $11,000 worth of gas for her personal vehicle.

Virginia is One Step Closer to Ethics Reform

A bill passed by the Virginia General Assembly only needs the signature of Governor Terry McAuliffe within the next 30 days to become law.

Posted on: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

On Friday February 27, 2015, in a scurry just hours before the end of the legislative session, the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate agreed on and passed a compromise bill to reform governmental ethics in Virginia.

Virginia is for Lovers, But is it For Ethics Reform?

Posted on: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Growing up in North Carolina directly south of Virginia, my family often vacationed in the “Old Dominion” state.  We would spend hot summer days enjoying the rollercoasters and water rides at theme parks in Richmond and Williamsburg and taking in a little American colonial history at Jamestown.  As we drove toward the northern state line, I would always giggle when I saw the sign, “Welcome to Virginia” because it always had the iconic logo, “Virginia is For Lovers”.

Michigan Doctor Pleads Guilty To Federal Health Care Fraud and Narcotics Trafficking

Posted on: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Feds Uncover Health Care Fraud and Drug Dealing Scheme That Brings Down 2 Doctors and a “Patient Recruiter”

February 19, 2015

By White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Terry Eaton

On February 11, 2015, Dr. Hussein “Sam” Awada, 45, of Royal Oak, Michigan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute prescription drugs without a legitimate medical purpose, in violation of 21 U.S.C. Sections 841 and 846, and with defrauding a health care program in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1347.  According to a Department of Justice Press Release, Awada pleaded guilty in United States Distr...

Maryland Federal Judge Sentences Man to 27 Months In Prison For Embezzlement & Wire Fraud Related Scheme

Posted on: Friday, February 13th, 2015

Prosecutors Bring 11-Count Indictment For Real Life, “House of Lies”

February 13, 2015

By White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Terry Eaton

For anyone not familiar with the Showtime original series, “House of Lies” starring Don Cheadle and Kristina Bell, I recommend you check it out if you have some free time on Sundays at 10 pm.  The television show is reportedly loosely inspired by the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time, by Martin Kihn.  According to

Cooperating Witness Spills The Beans In Navy Government Contracting Fraud Case

Posted on: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

High Ranking Civilian Contracting Official Latest to Be Arrested in Largest Navy Government Contracting Fraud Case in U.S. History

February 11, 2015

By White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney Terry Eaton

ABC News recently reported that on Monday February 2, 2015, the U.S. States Attorney’s Office in San Diego filed a criminal complaint against Paul Simpkins, a former Department of Defense Civilian Official who oversaw Navy contracts for Southeast Asia, charging him with one count of cons...

Maryland Attorney’s Confidentiality Breach Spurs Hollywood Style Murder-For-Hire Plot

Maryland Attorney Suspended for Revealing Confidential Information

Posted on: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Associated Press reported late last week that the Maryland Attorney Grievance Committee indefinitely suspended the law license of Baltimore County criminal defense attorney Larry Feldman in connection with a case where his client was murdered in a murder-for-hire plot. Feldman’s indefinite suspension was effective January 31, 2015.

Tech Exec Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Selling Spyware App

Federal Cybercrime Charges for Spyware App

Posted on: Friday, January 30th, 2015

Case is the First Ever Criminal Prosecution for Selling Spyware App in U.S. History. Are Prosecutions of Technology Executives For Cybercrime on The Rise? On Tuesday November 25, 2014, in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Hammad Akbar …

Government Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribery & Fraud

Leonard Francis Pleads Guilty to Government Bribery and Fraud

Posted on: Friday, January 23rd, 2015

On Thursday January 15, 2015, in the United States District Court in San Diego, California, Leonard Glenn Francis and his Singapore-based defense contractor firm, Glenn Defense Marine Asia (“GDMA”), Ltd., both pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to defraud the United States government.

Why Criminal Defense Work is Like Fantasy Football

Criminal Defense Fantasy Football

Posted on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Unless you are passionate, and sometimes compulsive, about criminal defense work, you can’t be successful at it. I equate it to my feelings about fantasy football. I love football. I’ve been a Giants fan since I was three years old. I don’t think I’ve missed watching a game since 1984, including when I was in Australia during their fabulous Super Bowl run in 2007.