Friday, May 30, 2008

In the News

Sylvia Moreno, Washington Post, D.C. Official's Brother Pleads Guilty in Tax Scam

Ann Zimmerman, Wall St Jrl, Home Depot Ex-Executive is Charged with Fraud

Glenn R. Simpson & Carrick Mollenkamp, Wall St Jrl, Ex-Banker to Cooperate, Plead Guilty in UBS Probe

Rosalind S. Helderman, John Wagner, & Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, FBI Raids Home of Maryland State Senator

David Armstrong & Jesse Drucker, Wall St. Journal, IRS Scrutinizes Rabobank's Dealings with Newell

Judith Burns, Wall St Jrl, Ernst & Young Ex-Partner is Indicted

David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune, Officers were Encouraged to Lie, Indicted Chicago Cop Tells '60 Minutes'

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May 30, 2008 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Government Files Cross Appeal in Wesley Snipes Case

The government filed a Notice of Cross-Appeal in the Wesley Snipes case (see below).  How far this will get, however, remains to be seen.  Certainly there are several questions that one has to ask here -

  • What could they possibly be appealing?  Snipes received the prison sentence the government asked for  (see here)- three years. (see here) They can't appeal the jury's failure to convict on the counts he was acquitted on.  Thus, the only remaining basis could possibly be the court's failure to impose any fine, or to make "restitution" (payment of delinquent taxes) a special condition of supervised release.  Would they really make this a basis for a cross-appeal?
  • Has this cross-appeal been through the approval process of the Solicitor General's office? And if so who approved it? (Paul Clements announced he was stepping down - see here)

Notice of Government Cross-Appeal -  Download Snipes.pdf

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May 30, 2008 in Celebrities, Tax | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Defense Contractor Pleads Guilty

A Department of Justice Press Release reports that "[a] former manager of a West Sayville, N.Y., company pleaded guilty and has agreed to serve a jail sentence and pay a criminal fine for his role in two separate conspiracies, one to rig bids on U.S. Navy contracts for metal sling hoist assemblies and another to accept kickbacks from vendors and subcontractors."  The agreement calls for a year and a day in prison, payment of a $10,000 fine and cooperation in the government's investigation.

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May 30, 2008 in Antitrust | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

In the News

Amy Shipley, Washington Post, Track Coach Convicted on 1 of 3 Steroid-Related Charges (Balco Related)

International Herald (Bloomberg, AP) - Prosecutors open inquiry into possible spying by Deutsche Telekom (German Prosecutors)

Ha'aretz,  Olmert: Not every person under probe must resign (discussing the investigation involving Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert)

DOJ, Toray Industries to Pay U.S. for Price Fixing on Carbon Fiber Materials ($15.25 Million - civil settlement)

DOJ, FBI Agent Arrested for Attempting to Influence Criminal Case of Man Married to His Mistress

DOJ, Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in China Espionage Case

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May 29, 2008 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In the News

Monday, May 26, 2008

Top 10 SSRN White Collar Crime Papers from January 1997 - May 2008

ALL TIME HITS (for all papers in SSRN eLibrary)

TOP 10 Papers for Journal of White Collar Crime
January 2, 1997 to May 26, 2008

1

Train Wreck at the Justice Department: An Eyewitness Account
John McKay,
Seattle University - School of Law,
Date posted to database: November 12, 2007
Last Revised: March 13, 2008

2

The Cost to Firms of Cooking the Books
Jonathan M. Karpoff, D. Scott Lee, Gerald S. Martin,
University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business, Texas A&M University - Department of Finance, American University,
Date posted to database: February 2, 2005
Last Revised: May 12, 2007

3

The European Commission's 2006 Guidelines on Antitrust Fines: A Legal and Economic Analysis
Wouter P.J. Wils,
European Commission - Directorate General for Legal Service,
Date posted to database: February 14, 2007
Last Revised: February 14, 2007

4

The Legal Penalties for Financial Misrepresentation
Jonathan M. Karpoff, D. Scott Lee, Gerald S. Martin,
University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business, Texas A&M University - Department of Finance, American University,
Date posted to database: September 29, 2006
Last Revised: July 7, 2007

5

Identity Theft: Making the Known Unknowns Known
Chris Jay Hoofnagle,
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law - Berkeley Center for Law & Technology,
Date posted to database: March 13, 2007
Last Revised: May 9, 2008

6

Internal Control vs External Manipulation: A Model of Corporate Income Tax Evasion
Kong-Pin Chen, C. Y. Cyrus Chu,
Academia Sinica - Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica - Institute of Economics,
Date posted to database: December 17, 2002 Last Revised: May 6, 2004

7

Leniency in Antitrust Enforcement: Theory and Practice
Wouter P.J. Wils,
European Commission - Directorate General for Legal Service,
Date posted to database: October 24, 2006
Last Revised: January 30, 2007

8

The Consequences to Managers for Financial Misrepresentation
Jonathan M. Karpoff, D. Scott Lee, Gerald S. Martin,
University of Washington - Michael G. Foster School of Business, Texas A&M University - Department of Finance, American University,
Date posted to database: March 22, 2007
Last Revised: May 21, 2007

9

A Forensic Study of Daewoo's Corporate Governance: Does Responsibility Solely Lie With the Chaebol and Korea?
Joongi Kim,
Yonsei University, Graduate School of Int'l Studies,
Date posted to database: July 28, 2005
Last Revised: May 22, 2007

10

The Challenge of White Collar Sentencing
Ellen S. Podgor,
Stetson University College of Law,
Date posted to database: November 23, 2007
Last Revised: January 24, 2008

May 26, 2008 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Top 10 SSRN Recent White Collar Crime Papers 3/27/08-4/26/08

RECENT HITS (for all papers announced in the last 60 days)

TOP 10 Papers for Journal of White Collar Crime
March 27, 2008 to May 26, 2008

The Changing Atmospherics of Corporate Crime Sentencing in the Post Sarbanes-Oxley Act Era
Peter J. Henning,
Wayne State University Law School,
Date posted to database: April 9, 2008
Last Revised: May 9, 2008

Department of Justice Guidelines: Balancing 'Discretionary Justice'
Ellen S. Podgor,
Stetson University College of Law,
Date posted to database: April 15, 2008
Last Revised: April 15, 2008

The Food-Chain Issue for Corporate Punishment: What Criminal Law and Punitive Damages Can Learn from Each Other
Christopher R. Green,
University of Mississippi - School of Law,
Date posted to database: March 6, 2008
Last Revised: March 22, 2008

Supreme Court Podcast: Boulware v. United States
Andy Grewal,
Georgetown University - Law Center,
Date posted to database: March 27, 2008
Last Revised: April 1, 2008

An Eliot Effect? Prosecutorial Discretion in Mutual Fund Settlement Negotiations, 2003-7
Eric Zitzewitz,
Dartmouth College,
Date posted to database: April 21, 2008
Last Revised: April 21, 2008

The Paradox of Expected Punishment: Legal and Economic Factors Determining Success and Failure in the Fight Against Organized Crime
Edgardo Buscaglia,
International Law and Economic Development Center,
Date posted to database: April 17, 2008
Last Revised: April 28, 2008

A New Corporate World Mandates a Good Faith Affirmative Defense
Ellen S. Podgor,
Stetson University College of Law,
Date posted to database: March 4, 2008
Last Revised: March 6, 2008

Hunting, Shooting and Phishing: New Cybercrime Challenges for Cybercanadians In the 21st Century
David S. Wall,
University of Leeds,
Date posted to database: April 3, 2008
Last Revised: April 19, 2008

Cybercrime, Media and Insecurity: The Shaping of Public Perceptions of Cybercrime
David S. Wall,
University of Leeds,
Date posted to database: April 24, 2008
Last Revised: April 24, 2008

Corruption as a Violation of Human Rights
Julio Bacio-Terracino,
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies,
Date posted to database: March 19, 2008
Last Revised: March 19, 2008

May 26, 2008 in Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)