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By Jack Sharman | White-collar crime, corporate internal investigations, grand jury practice and corporate governance. The whole deal.

Robert Mueller emerging as gatekeeper for all Russia probes, and Congress is wary

WASHINGTON— As multiple congressional committees widen their Russia investigations, former FBI director Robert Mueller is emerging as the gatekeeper.<p>In the past week, since Mueller was appointed to oversee the FBI's ongoing probe into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and the …

Government

Internal Investigations: Lessons Learned from a Governor's Impeachment

Ex-coal CEO fresh from prison urges Trump to probe 2010 blast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former coal executive who last week finished a yearlong prison sentence for conspiring to violate safety standards at a mine where a deadly blast occurred, has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to "get to the truth" about the incident.<p>Donald Blankenship, who was chief …

Donald Trump

Electronic Medical Records and Federal Criminal Prosecution | White Collar Wire

Bedside manner.<p>Electronic medical records (or “EMR”) were supposed to be a boon to the provision of healthcare.<p>As two Boston-area physicians point …

Health Care

Pill Mills, Poppy Flowers, Dead Poets and the Human Resources Department | White Collar Wire

“In Flanders fields . . . .”<br>(via Zyance)<p>Having been through a seven-week federal criminal “pill mill” trial, I think a lot about enforcement of the …

Human Resources

What the Crackdown on Painkiller Prescribing Means for HR

When hospitals and health systems are implicated in legal cases, it can hurt reputations, morale, and the bottom line. Here's what HR can do to …

Pain

Michael Mann Sets Reed Farrel Coleman To Co-Write ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: After a long manhunt that involved months of interviews with substantial authors, Michael Mann has found his co-writer for the prequel …

Robert DeNiro

Why you should re-read Paradise Lost

The greatest epic poem in the English language, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, has divided critics – but its influence on English literature is second only to Shakespeare’s, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>Milton’s Paradise Lost is rarely read today. But this epic poem, 350 years old this month, remains a work …

SEC freezes brokerage accounts behind alleged insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Friday it had frozen assets in two brokerage accounts used last week to reap more than $1 million in alleged insider trading profits in connection with a merger announcement by Liberty Interactive Corp and General Communication …

A Dubious Key Witness Didn’t Sink This Insider Trading Case

The prosecution of William T. Walters for insider trading had it all: outsize personalities from the worlds of sports and business, a defendant known for high-stakes betting with a history of brushes with the law, the prosecution nearly compromised by an F.B.I. agent leaking confidential …

Corruption

Barclays C.E.O. Investigated Over Treatment of Whistle-Blower

The British banking giant Barclays is again facing questions about its leadership just as its efforts to turn itself around in the aftermath of the 2012 Libor scandal are starting to take shape.<p>The bank said on Monday that its American chief executive, James E. Staley, was being investigated by the …

Investing

At Wells Fargo, Crushing Pressure and Lax Oversight Produced a Scandal

The red flags were all there, waiting for somebody to stitch them together.<p>An increasing number of Wells Fargo customers were opening accounts and neglecting to make a deposit. By 2012, only 80 percent of newly opened accounts were being funded, compared with 90 percent in 2005, according to a …

Fraud

KPMG Fires 6 Over Ethics Breach on Audit Warnings

The accounting firm KPMG has fired six employees, including the head of its audit practice in the United States, after it learned they were given improper warnings ahead of planned audit inspections by its regulator, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.<p>KPMG said that an individual who had …

Corruption

United and Pepsi Affairs Force Brands to Respect Social Media

When Jason Marker, the new chief executive of the company that owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, met with several of his marketing executives this week, one of his first requests was for screens to be installed in the company’s headquarters to display real-time social media conversations about its …

Social Media Marketing

‘It’s not about sex, it’s about power’: Meet the lawyer who helped bring down Alabama’s ‘love gov’

Even in the face of secretly recorded phone calls of him talking dirty to a woman not his wife, even in the face of a state ethics commission recommending he be charged with four felonies related to the alleged affair with a former top aide, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) refused to resign.<p>The …

Corruption

The case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump. (Too soon?)

<b>THE CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT</b><p><b>by Allan J. Lichtman.</b> <b>Dey St. Books. 290 pp. $24.99</b><p>Too soon?<p>Any discussion of presidential impeachment that arrives before journalists have even embarked on their ritualistic “first hundred days” coverage could rightly be deemed premature, and to publish an entire book …

Donald Trump

NASA ‘sting’ operation against 74-year-old widow of Apollo engineer draws court rebuke

Agents of the U.S. government are entitled to immunity from lawsuits for what they do in the line of duty, as long as they do it right, in accord with the Constitution.<p>But what one NASA investigator did to Joann Davis, a financially distressed widow of an engineer on the Apollo program who was …

Crime

‘Prediction professor’ lays out eight reasons Trump could be impeached

American University Professor Allan Lichtman was one of the few professional prognosticators to call President Trump's win in November.<p>Using his system of “Keys to the White House,” which postulates that presidential elections are essentially a reflection on the party in power, Lichtman said Trump …

Democracy

Verdict Form Reveals Close Call In Meningitis Murder Case

An unprecedented case ended in a most unusual way: Jurors considering a sweeping indictment against a Massachusetts pharmacist who shipped …

Crime

Throwing Away a Legal Career for $310,000

Would you sell your career for $310,000? It appears that Jeffrey A. Wertkin may have tried to do just that by passing a copy of a sealed whistle-blower complaint against a Silicon Valley company to one of its employees in exchange for that amount.<p>Unfortunately, he never actually got the money …

Right To Vote

Spain's Princess Cristina acquitted in tax fraud trial

King’s sister acquitted, but husband Iñaki Urdangarin given six-year jail sentence on charges including fraud and tax evasion<p>Spain’s Princess Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, has been cleared of helping her husband evade taxes after a year-long trial that has further tarnished the image of …

South Korea approves arrest of Samsung's leader

The reported ruling reverses last month's decision to not arrest Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee for alleged bribery.<p>Samsung's de facto leader may be facing jail time.<p>A South Korean court on Friday (Korea time) approved a warrant for the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the acting head of Samsung Group, in …

Samsung

UnitedHealth Sued By U.S. Government Over Medicare Charges

The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc that claims the country's largest health insurer and its units and affiliates overcharged Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars, a law firm representing the whistleblower said on Thursday.<p>"We reject …

Panama charges two Mossack Fonseca partners over Brazil link

<b>Prosecutors in Panama have arrested the partners of a law firm involved in last year's Panama Papers scandal in which thousands of documents related to offshore accounts were leaked.</b><p>The arrests are linked to corruption and bribery allegations involving Brazil's construction giant, Odebrecht.<p>The two …

Corruption

The founders of Mossack Fonseca were detained in Panama

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The two founders of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were arrested on Saturday, the attorney general's office said, after both were indicted on charges of money-laundering in a case allegedly tied to a wide-ranging corruption scandal in Brazil.<p>Firm founders Jurgen Mossack …

Corruption

Ex-VW chairman Piech refuses to testify in German emissions inquiry

HAMBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) - Ex-Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who resigned after a showdown with former chief executive Martin Winterkorn, has refused to testify to German lawmakers investigating a possible government's role in the VW emissions scandal, according to his …

South Korea Prosecutor Resummons Samsung Heir Jay Y. Lee - Bloomberg

A special prosecutor is again questioning Samsung Group’s Jay Y. Lee over allegations including bribery and embezzlement, potentially dealing another …