Two new PPP fraud indictments this week

This week brought two new Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) fraud indictments. The first indictment is out of the Southern District of Texas.  The case is United States v. Amir Aqeel, et al., Case No, 4:20-cr-583 (S.D. Texas).  In Aqeel, seven individuals were...

Some relief for client in federal custody.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5546, the Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act. The Legislation extends the attorney-client confidentiality to emails sent to and from federal prisons.  The bill requires the Bureau of Prisons...

Prosecutors behaving badly … again

On September 16, 2020, a Manhattan federal judge – Judge Alison J. Nathan – issued a scathing order critiquing prosecutors of misleading the court about the disclosure of potentially exculpatory evidence.  The court further ordered two Southern District of New York...

HIPAA conviction sticks against gynecologist

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Dr. Rita Luthra, a gynecologist in Springfiled, Massachusetts, for violating the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) and for obstruction of a criminal health care...

Charges dismissed

In the highly contested Theranos prosecution, U.S. District Court Judge Davila dismissed three counts from the indictment. About Theranos Company Theranos is a health care and life sciences company founded by CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Theranos’ mission was to...