Ohioans disenchanted with the past two years of public corruption cases (see our previous post on that subject here) may no longer have to tolerate the seemingly endless number of Ohio politicians being indicted for bribery. That’s because apparently now they’re being indicted for fraud. Cincinnati activist and perennial political candidate Kelli Prather was indicted earlier this month on a number of federal charges stemming from allegations that she improperly filed six applications for…
2020 was a unique year in the world of white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. In this two-session presentation, Thompson Hine’s compliance and white-collar team will review the enforcement risks created by the global pandemic and discuss what we expect to happen as the new administration begins to implement its enforcement priorities. We will also identify current compliance challenges and provide practical solutions for businesses that are in the process of adjusting to the enforcement realities…
Earlier this year, various news outlets reported that then-President-Elect Joe Biden intended to nominate D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General. Judge Garland obviously authored numerous opinions during his years on the D.C. Circuit, but before Judge Garland was Judge Garland, he held various capacities in public and private practice including, notably, serving as a United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. During Judge Garland’s tenure at the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), he gathered…
Although the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has recently been in the news for the civil complaints that it has filed against several large technology companies, during 2020 it has quietly continued to ramp up civil and criminal antitrust enforcement in the labor market by targeting companies that agree on employees’ wages or not to hire each other’s employees. The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission issued Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals in…
Trade secrets are often a company’s most valuable asset, whether those secrets involve cutting-edge medical research or the formula for Coca-Cola. Businesses must take significant steps to protect these valuable “crown jewels” at all costs, whether by securing them on a network or a locked room, encrypting them, or restricting employee access on a need-to-know basis. But these precautions don’t always protect the data as intended and valuable information can slip into the wrong hands,…
COVID-19 continues to rage on after months of impacting our lives, businesses, and the economy. Ohio, at one point a beacon of the country’s COVID-19 response, has recently set state records for new daily cases, hospitalizations, and, sadly, deaths. In response to the increased number of cases in Ohio, last week, Governor DeWine announced a new set of COVID regulations and created a new investigative task force designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19. These…
“Never let a good crisis go to waste” was an observation supposedly made by Winston Churchill at the Yalta Conference towards the end of the Second World War while he was pressing for the formation of the United Nations.  In 2020, Churchill’s admonition has found a less lofty home with COVID fraudsters who have abused the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) by submitting false loan applications.  As explained in more detail in this earlier post,…
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the United States, it is well established that hotbeds for spread of the disease are nursing homes and other assisted living facilities. Tight quarters holding vulnerable populations is precisely the kind of environment in which the novel coronavirus thrives. That fact is made all the worse when good hygiene and sanitation standards are not met. Indeed, the importance of nursing homes meeting high sanitation standards was…
In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith famously wrote, “[p]eople of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”[1] Although now nearly 250 years old, Mr. Smith’s observation about merchants and businessmen remains timeless. But is the same statement true of computers? As we near the 2020 election, both parties are considering changes to…
On September 30, 2020, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced its latest health care fraud take down, which was its first since the pandemic hit in March 2020. DOJ charged 345 doctors, medical professionals, owners/operators, and others with criminal health care fraud schemes implicating more than $6 billion in total alleged loss amount. Arriving six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, this health care fraud take down was DOJ’s largest to date, sweeping across the 51…