Mail Fraud, Money Laundering (E. D. Wis)
The client was charged in a twenty-three count indictment with mail fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The client is alleged to have paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to obtain trucking business from S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. The indictment followed five years of civil litigation between the client and S.C. Johnson.
A motion to dismiss the money laundering counts of the indictment was filed. The government partially conceded the motion and agreed to dismiss seven of the ten money laundering counts.
Tax Evasion, Conspiracy, False Statements (W.D. Wis)
The client was charged with a §371 Klein conspiracy, three counts of tax evasion, and one count of making a false statement. The case was tried and the jury hung. All charges were dismissed.
Money laundering, IRS Form 8300 (E.D. Wis.)
The client was a well known jeweler who was charged with a money laundering conspiracy, failing to file IRS Form 8300′s, and money laundering. The case involved, in part, an undercover sting transaction conducted by the IRS at the client’s business.
We inherited the representation from another firm after plea negotiations reached a stalemate. In reviewing the case, we discovered that a search warrant, in which thousands of documents had been seized from the client’s business, failed to contain a critical description of the premises to be searched – the description was not attached to the original warrant that had been returned to the clerk of court’s office.
We filed a motion to suppress all evidence seized in the search. After and evidentiary hearing and further briefing, the motion was denied by the magistrate judge and the trial court.
We then continued to prepare the case for trial. In further negotiations with the government – which previously had insisted on a prison sentence of 18-24 months, agreed to dismiss all charges upon the client’s agreement to pay the government $70,000 in potentially forfeitable funds.
Commercial gambling, forfeiture (E.D. Wis.)
The client was one of twenty-four defendants in a four count indictment charging a drug conspiracy and commercial gambling offenses. The client was charged with commercial gambling but not in the drug conspiracy.
A motion to sever the defendant’s trial from that of the defendants charged with drug conspiracy was filed. In response, the government did not oppose the motion.
We also filed a motion for a bill of particulars, challenging the government’s allegation that the client took part in an illegal gambling business, as defined by 18 U.S.C. §1955. The motion was denied by the magistrate judge.
We then filed objections to the magistrate judge’s ruling. Shortly before the government was to respond to the objections, the government decided to move to dismiss the client’s case.
After the case was dismissed, we filed a motion seeking the return of property seized from the client: approximately $230,000 in cash, jewelry and a vehicle. The motion was granted and all of the client’s property was returned to him.
We were the only party in the case to file substantive pretrial motions.
Mail Fraud (E.D. Wis)
This was a complex, multiple defendant fraud indictment brought against a coupon clearinghouse and several of its key executives. The client was the company, and the representation commenced after pretrial negotiations conducted by another firm broke down and the company was indicted, putting it in danger of bankruptcy. Within sixty days of commencing our representation, the government was persuaded to dismiss the charges against the company.
Mail Fraud, False Statements (E.D. Wis)
The client was indicted for mail fraud and making a false statement to HUD. The client was a police officer who had participated in the Officer Next Door Program, which was designed to provide economic incentives to officers to purchase and live in homes in economically disadvantaged areas. The case was tried to a jury and the client was acquitted.
Tax Evasion (E.D. Wis)
The client was a chiropractor charged with tax evasion. The case was tried to a jury and the jury hung. The case was re-tried and the client was convicted.
False Statements (E.D. Wis)
Case charging a Milwaukee alderman with making a false statement to HUD. The case was prepared for trial along with co-counsel. The case was dismissed one week before trial on the motion of the government.
Mail Fraud, Money Laundering, Conspiracy (E.D. Wis)
This was a five defendant, nine count indictment charging conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and mail fraud. The government alleged that the defendants defrauded the E-Rate Program, a federal program designed to help economically disadvantaged schools obtain and use computers. The case was prosecuted by the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Motions were litigated challenging the sufficiency of the indictment with respect to the charges against the client. Several defendants ultimately pled guilty. All charges against the client were dismissed prior to trial.
Money Transmitting and Currency Exchange Violations (E.D. Wis)
The client owned a currency exchange business in Mexico. He was indicted in Wisconsin for conducting a money transmitting business without a license. The case involved an analysis of a complex series of federal and state regulations and statutes. Motions were litigated concerning an extensive request for a bill of particulars or, in the alternative, an order dismissing the indictment. The case was prepared for trial. Ultimately, all charges against the client were dismissed in exchange for a corporate plea by the company, for which a fine was paid.
Human Trafficking, Harboring, Conspiracy (E.D. Wis)
The client and her husband were physicians who were charged with forced labor and conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien. The case was prosecuted by the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. The trial was one of the first of its kind in the country. Numerous legal challenges to the indictment were denied by the trial court. The case was tried for two weeks and the client was convicted.
Drug Conspiracy (E.D. Wis)
This was a multiple defendant, historical drug conspiracy case which was one of the largest of its kind in the district at the time. The case was tried to a jury and the client was convicted. Extensive post-conviction and appellate litigation followed, and the clients conviction was affirmed. Sixteen years later the original trial judge, since elevated to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, sat by designation and granted the clients motion for early termination of his supervised release based on good behavior.
Drug Conspiracy (E.D. Wis)
On pretrial motions, obtained an order suppressing 40 kilograms of cocaine, one of the largest seizures of cocaine in the state at the time. The case was resolved favorably to the client while the government’s appeal was pending.
Drug Conspiracy (E.D. Wis)
On their way from Los Angeles to Cleveland, the client and two other young women were arrested at the Milwaukee airport with 200 pounds of marijuana in their luggage. A motion to suppress challenging the investigative detention and search was filed. A series of evidentiary hearings were held, and the lead detective ultimately refused to answer questions about his conduct in the case, invoking his privilege against self-incrimination. The court issued an order suppressing the marijuana and the charges were dismissed. The other two defendants, who did not file pretrial motions and had already plead guilty, had their cases reopened and dismissed by the government due to the ruling obtained for the client.