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Understanding Your Rights in Federal Criminal Appeals

Posted by Ann Fitz | Apr 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

The criminal appeals process can be complex and intimidating, especially for those facing federal charges. It's important to understand your rights throughout the process, including what standards of review apply in a federal criminal appeal. This blog will explain the different types of standard...

How to Appeal a Federal Criminal Case

Posted by Ann Fitz | Apr 05, 2023 | 0 Comments

In many cases, federal criminal defendants have the right to appeal their conviction and/or sentence. An appeal is the legal process through which a defendant can challenge their conviction or sentence in court. Appealing a federal criminal case can be complicated and time-consuming, but it is an...

What to Know About Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas

Posted by Ann Fitz | Apr 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

Receiving a federal grand jury subpoena can be a frightening experience, especially if you are not familiar with the federal criminal process. If you have received a grand jury subpoena, it is important that you understand your rights and obligations under the law. Read on to learn more about wha...

Can You Appeal a Guilty Plea in Federal Court?

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you pled guilty in federal court, it's not the end of the road for your case. Depending on the circumstances, you may still have options for appealing your guilty plea and getting a new outcome in your case. Let's explore what to know about appealing a guilty plea in federal court. Understandi...

Palm Beach State Attorney Creates PPP Fraud Task Force

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced on Wednesday that his office has created a new task force to investigate and prosecute people who defrauded the federal paycheck protection program.  The new PPP fraud task force will work with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to inve...

An Overview of the 11(c)(1)c Plea in Federal Court

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Have you been charged with a federal crime? Are you considering entering a plea in court? If so, you may have heard of the 11(c)(1)c plea. This type of plea is an agreement between a defendant and the prosecutor. It involves the defendant pleading guilty to a lesser crime or to only some of the c...

Aggravated Identity Theft and Federal Fraud Cases

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

A former bookkeeper from Coral Springs was sentenced last week to 51 months in federal prison for embezzling $94,500 from her former employer, a trucking maintenance company based in Fort Lauderdale. She executed the theft through a fraud scheme that involved created fictitious vendor accounts, u...

How money laundering affects a business

Posted by Ann Fitz | Mar 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Money laundering is a criminal activity that involves hiding or disguising the proceeds of illegal activities as legitimate funds. This practice has serious repercussions for businesses, including legal, financial and reputational risks. Legal repercussions Businesses that are caught participatin...

What is debt restructuring fraud?

Posted by Ann Fitz | Feb 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

Thousands of individuals and businesses file for bankruptcy each year in Florida, and statistics suggest that many of them commit fraud. According to the Department of Justice, about one in 10 bankruptcy filings has fraudulent elements. When researchers from Cornell Law School looked into this is...

Florida men admit to violating the Clean Air Act

Posted by Ann Fitz | Feb 23, 2023 | 0 Comments

Two Florida men have admitted to tampering with diesel truck emissions systems in order to skirt the provisions of the 1963 Clean Air Act. The men, aged 39 and 62, entered their guilty pleas in a federal court in Miami. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced the pleas on...

Forms of money laundering

Posted by Ann Fitz | Jan 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Money laundering involves taking money procured by illegal means and moving it into a legal vehicle. The purpose centers on hiding the illegality of how those possessing the funds gained the money. Persons accused of money laundering may face serious charges in a Florida federal courtroom. The in...

RICO violations in Florida

Posted by Ann Fitz | Jan 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Misunderstanding might exist about how federal law enforcement investigates Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) violations. For example, some might assume that only those involved in organized crime or substantial narcotics operations may face RICO investigations and subsequ...

Local Attorney gets 41 months for Covid Loan Fraud

Posted by Ann Fitz | Jan 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

An attorney from Palm Beach Gardens was sentenced for COVID loan fraud last week to 41 months in federal prison. The attorney plead guilty to seeking more than $1.6 million in fraudulent forgivable Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications for c...

No bail in high-profile crypto fraud case

Posted by Ann Fitz | Dec 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The high-profile fraud allegations levied at Sam Bankman-Fried have captured several news cycles. Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas and denied bail. News reports about the FTX cryptocurrency exchange's founder might provide insights to Florida residents wondering what constitutes criminal...

The Anti-Kickback Statute and Health Care Fraud

Posted by Ann Fitz | Dec 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Anti-Kickback Statute The Anti-Kickback Statute, 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b), is a federal criminal law that prohibits the knowing and willful payment of any form of compensation (called “remuneration”) to induce or reward patient referrals or the generation of business involving any item or serv...

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