By: F|G Marketing / Date: 21, May 2020

States Increase Scrutiny of Assisted Living Facilities in Response to COVID-19

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly everyone in one way or another, the virus has had its deadliest impact on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Nearly one in every ten of these facilities nationwide has reported at least one case of the virus. In Pennsylvania, outbreaks in such facilities account for nearly seventy percent of the total number of COVID-related deaths in the Commonwealth. Similarly, in Ohio, almost half of all COVID-19 deaths trace back to long-term care… Read more

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

Flannery Georgalis’ David Brown Secures Significant Sentence Reduction for Client

On April 29, 2020, the Asheville Citizen Times wrote an article covering Flannery | Georgalis’ David Brown’s successful efforts to secure a significant sentence reduction for an F|G client.In November, the client self-reported to FCI Butner Low to serve his 37-month incarceration term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud.Following the rampant spread of the COVID-19 virus in the federal prison system, Brown requested the client’s transfer to home confinement. The number of positive cases reported in… Read more

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

Supreme Court Overturns “Bridgegate” Convictions

On May 5, 2020, the United States Supreme Court overturned the convictions in the infamous “Bridgegate” scandal. In a unanimous ruling, Justice Elena Kagan called the conduct an abuse of power, but short of fraud under federal law because the object of their conduct was not money or property. As retribution for the Fort Lee mayor’s refusal to endorse Christie’s gubernatorial re-election bid, staffers, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, blocked access to the George Washington Bridge from the town… Read more

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

Flannery | Georgalis Client’s Release to Home Confinement Reinstated

On April 28th, Flannery | Georgalis successfully secured the reinstatement of the Bureau of Prisons immediate release to home confinement of a client only five months into an 18-month federal incarceration sentence. F | G submitted an emergency request to the Bureau of Prisons seeking the client’s immediate release due to the proliferation of COVID-19 cases through federal prisons across the country. Despite there being no positive COVID-19 cases at the client’s facility, the request was quickly evaluated and granted.… Read more

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