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Navy Procurement Fraud: Revisiting Fat Leonard

- Posted on 09/08/21

By: Dennis E. Boyle In 2006, a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), David Schauss, became suspicious of the relationship between several Naval contracting officers and Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), run by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national known as “Fat Leonard”, perhaps because he weighed a purported 350 pounds.  Francis,

Identity Theft in the PPP Loan Program

- Posted on 08/23/21

According to a recent article in the New York Times, as much as 15% of the money allotted to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been lost to fraud.  While the methodology used to determine this loss is suspect, we should assume that the amount lost to fraud from the program is staggering.  Often times,

The Use of FINRA Arbitration Procedures to Resolve Disputes Between Financial Advisers

- Posted on 08/17/21

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a nongovernmental, independent regulatory authority that creates and enforces rules covering member brokers and broker-dealers. Its mission is to “. . .safeguard the investing public from fraud and bad practices” , and most FINRA arbitrations involve conflicts between members of the investing public and FINRA member brokers and

Interpreting the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: An Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Recent Decision in Van Buren v. United States

- Posted on 08/17/21

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (CFAA) subjects to criminal liability anyone who “intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access.” 18 U. S. C. §1030(a)(2). The term “exceeds authorized access” is defined to mean “to access a computer with authorization and to use such access to obtain or alter information