News & Articles

Criminal defense attorney, Lorraine Gauli-Rufo shares news and articles pertaining to criminal and federal law.


EIDL Fruad

Being charged with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (“EIDL”) fraud can have serious legal consequences including a potential prison sentence, restitution, fines and forfeiture. What is EIDL Fraud? EIDL fraud occurs when individuals or businesses apply for and receive...

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Cryptocurrency Fraud

Cryptocurrency fraud is a serious crime that can have severe consequences. As the popularity of cryptocurrencies continues to grow, so do the risks associated with them, including fraud. In this blog post, we will discuss what cryptocurrency fraud is, how it happens,...

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Bitcoin Fraud Charge

Bitcoin fraud is a crime that the federal government has recently focused on and has initiated charges against many individuals.  This type of fraud is a serious crime that can involve allegations of deceiving individuals or organizations out of their bitcoin...

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What is Federal Crime?

Federal crime refers to any criminal act that violates federal law, as opposed to state or local law. These crimes are typically investigated by federal law enforcement agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration...

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Federal Healthcare Fraud Updates

It seems that recently the federal government has been focused on prosecuting health care fraud.  Just this past summer the Department of Justice (“DOJ)  announced that it brough criminal charges against almost 40 defendants from 13 federal districts in the United...

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Federal Fraud

While there are federal statutes regulating fraud,  federal wire fraud and mail fraud seem to be the most pervasive and sweep into their prohibitions a large amount of conduct that can be regulated and charged federally. For example, the federal government could...

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United States v. Banks

On November 30, 2022, the Third Circuit in United States v. Banks held that the loss enhancement under United States Sentencing Guidelines (§ 2B1.1) is limited to actual loss, not intended loss. The court’s decision deviates from the historical interpretation of this...

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Attorney General Makes Changes to Drug Offenses

On December 16, 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum instructing all federal prosecutors to make significant changes in prosecution decisions for certain types of drug offenses. This is being done as part of an effort to end sentencing...

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Updates in Federal Criminal Law

Updates in Federal Criminal Law United States v. Taylor  No. 20–1459, decided June 21, 2022.  In June 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States decided a federal criminal case that is a huge victory for many federal defendants, both those who are already convicted...

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