By: F|G Marketing / Date: 01, May 2020

Federal Government to Audit Paycheck Protection Program Loans Exceeding $2 Million

On April 28th, the day after the second round of PPP loans began, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated that any business receiving more the $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans will be fully audited. Loans under $2 million will be spot checked. Secretary Mnuchin also stated, “Anybody that took the money that they shouldn’t have taken — one, it won’t be forgiven, and two, they may be subject to criminal liability, which is a big deal.”The CARES Act established… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 28, April 2020

Ohio Creates Commission to Decide Businesses Ability to Operate

Across Ohio the State’s 113 local health departments have been inundated with complaints about non-essential businesses operating in violation of Governor DeWine’s Stay at Home order. Cuyahoga, Summit and Portage County health departments alone have received hundreds of complaints, which have resulted in forced business closures. In Summit County, 37 non-essential businesses have been forced to close. In Cuyahoga County, the State forced the closure of a non-essential business for the first time just last week. Complaints are generally resolved… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 23, April 2020

FinCEN Issues Cautionary Notices to Financial Institutions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

As the effects of COVID-19 expand beyond individual health and welfare, government agencies are advising individuals and entities to be alert for bad actors seeking to profit from the pandemic. The mission of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN), a bureau of the Department of Treasury, is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities. Since the… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 15, April 2020

States Work to Reduce Prison and Jail Populations in Effort to Combat Coronavirus

As we detailed in our April 9th post, the Bureau of Prisons is working to prevent the coronavirus from further spreading throughout the federal prison system by identifying and transferring to home confinement inmates that meet certain eligibility criteria. State corrections systems are implementing similar measures to lessen prison populations. This post summarizes efforts taken to date by Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and West Virginia to reduce their respective prison populations.OhioGovernor Mike DeWine, acting in conjunction with the Ohio Department of… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 13, April 2020

CARES Act Relief Funds Will Come with Increased Government Scrutiny

National emergency relief funds are typically accompanied by increased government scrutiny – and funds distributed under the CARES Act, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will be no exception. The government will be keeping a watchful eye over the disbursement and use of relief funds. The CARES Act created three oversight bodies: The Special Inspector General for Pandemic Response (the “Special Inspector General”); The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC); andCongressional Oversight Commission.These three bodies will be responsible for ensuring CARES… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 09, April 2020

Attorney General Barr Directs Bureau of Prisons to Prioritize Use of Home Confinement

The first reported case of COVID-19 within a BOP facility occurred on March 21, 2020. As of April 6, over 195 inmates and 63 BOP staff had tested positive across BOP’s 122 institutions. Those figures represent a nearly 600% increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the course of just 5 days. In an effort to prevent the coronavirus from further spreading throughout the federal prison system, on March 26th and again on April 3rd, United States Attorney General Bill… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 07, April 2020

First Coronavirus-Related Charges Brought by Federal Prosecutors

As discussed in last week’s post, Attorney General William Barr issued a March 16th memo directing all Department of Justice prosecutors to prioritize the detection, investigation and prosecution of Coronavirus-related fraudulent conduct. Federal prosecutors have swiftly responded to the directives of AG Barr commencing criminal six prosecutions in four different districts. On March 25th, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California arrested actor Keith Lawrence Middlebrook alleging he solicited investments in a company he claimed would… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 04, April 2020

Federal and State Agencies Prioritize Coronavirus-related Fraud Schemes Amid the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Attorney General William P. Barr recently directed all U.S. Attorneys to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of Coronavirus-related fraud schemes. Unfortunately, it is commonplace for unscrupulous actors to take advantage of disasters to prey upon people’s fears and anxieties. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the globe, many fraudulent schemes have already been reported, often times target the most vulnerable. These new schemes are wide ranging and indiscriminatory, targeting individuals and companies alike. Some examples that the Department of… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 17, March 2020

DOJ and FTC Focus Efforts on Scams Amidst COVID-19

As the evolving COVID-19 situation is sweeping across the nation and affecting the economy for both local and global companies, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) are focusing their efforts on bringing down offenders trying to take advantage of a crisis situation. On March 9, 2020, the U.S. DOJ released a statement that it intends “to hold accountable anyone who violates the antitrust laws of the United States in connection with the manufacturing, distribution, or… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 11, March 2020

Mayfield Mock Trial Team Headed to State Championships

Good Luck to the Mayfield Mock Trial Team and their advisor, F|G Senior Associate Edward Fadel, at the State Championships in Columbus, Ohio this week. Mayfield secured a number of Best Lawyer and Witness Awards on their way through Districts and Regionals. We hope their success continues as they seek a State title!