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The False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq., was enacted in 1863 to punish fraud perpetrated against the government by Civil War profiteers. Since its enactment, Congress has amended the FCA to strike a balance between the FCA’s dual purposes of rooting out fraud against the government and encouraging private individuals aware of such fraud to bring it to the government’s attention. From 1986, the government has recovered over $59 billion in FCA settlements and judgments. See, U.S. Department of Justice, Fraud Statistics Overview (Dec. 21, 2018), (hereinafter DOJ Fraud Statistics 2018).
By Paige Ammons and Preston Burton
In any investigation where a client is deposed or interviewed by a government agent, experienced lawyers should be wary of potential false statement liability and likely will have advised their clients of the paramount need to be truthful. Voluntary communications, initiated by a company or individual, with government officials are of a different ilk, however
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
In Part One of this article last month, we discussed several of the key business crimes cases from the recently concluded October Term 2018. We resume this discussion in Part Two of our article and offer some concluding thoughts about where the Court may go next in the years to come.
By Michael J. Rivera and Abby I. Yi
Cybersecurity has been a high priority topic for the SEC the past few years. In September 2017, the SEC created a Cyber Unit within its Enforcement Division. This Cyber Unit had over 225 active investigations at the SEC’s 2018 fiscal year end. The SEC has focused in particular on cybersecurity risks facing public companies.
By Juliet Gunev
Maryland’s Largest Ever Ponzi-Scheme: Kevin Merrill Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison for $396 Million Consumer Debt Fraud