Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Vogel Plea Documents in Milberg Weiss Clients Case

The documents related to the plea agreement of Howard Vogel, who admitted to receiving over $2 million in secret kickbacks from plaintiff securities class action firm Milberg Weiss for serving as the representative plaintiff, are available below.  Two interesting items to note in the documents.  First, Vogel pled guilty to violating 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1623, the false declaration/perjury provision, based on certifying to the federal courts considering the settlements of the securities class actions that he did not receive any payments other than what was approved by the court.  This strikes me as a much stronger case than asserting mail or wire fraud for the payments because the law is clear that such payments are prohibited without judicial approval and the documents will show the scope of the disclosure ( or lack thereof).  Second, the payments to Vogel and his family were from 1992 to 2005, including a $1.1 million payment in December 2003 from Milberg Weiss arising from the Oxford Health Plans securities class action, so it is a continuing course of conduct.  The Statement of Facts contains a chart listing the specific cases and payment amounts, which will provide a roadmap to the types of charges that may be filed against current or former members of the law firm and, perhaps, even the firm itself.  Very interesting reading, and possibly a precursor to coming indictments. (ph -- thanks to a faithful reader for sending along the case documents)

Download vogel_plea_documents.pdf


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