By: F|G Marketing / Date: 29, July 2019

IRS Issues Virtual Currency Warning Letters

Last Friday, the Internal Revenue Service began issuing letters to taxpayers who trade virtual currency warning that they may have failed to report income and pay taxes owed. “Taxpayers should take these letters very seriously by reviewing their tax filings and when appropriate, amend past returns and pay back taxes, interest and penalties,” said IRS commissioner Charles Rettig in a statement. The tax implications vary depending on whether an individual sold, received, were paid in, or mined cryptocurrency. The IRS… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 25, July 2019

Ohio Task Force Examines Bail System

The Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force to Examine the Ohio Bail System recently submitted to Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor a 25-page Report proposing nine recommendations to Ohio’s current bail system. The 30 member Task Force comprised of highly regarded members of the Ohio criminal justice community proposed recommendations designed to make a more fair and cost-effective jail system. The recommendations include judicial access to quality risk-assessment tools, representation at initial appearances and additional education and training… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 11, July 2019


The Senate is discussing a new piece of legislation to enhance and modernize federal anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) laws. The Improving Laundering Laws and Increasing Comprehensive Information Tracking of Criminal Activity in Shell Holdings Act (the “ILLICIT CASH Act”) proposes new reporting requirements for beneficial ownership information as well as improving resources available to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Currently, the onus is on financial institutions to identify beneficial owners (“BO”) at the… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 28, June 2019

House Bill 1

Recently, the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation that re-emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration. Ohio House Bill 1 broadens the scope of “Intervention in Lieu of Conviction” by requiring an eligibility hearing in any case where the offender alleges that drug or alcohol usage was a factor leading to the underlying offense. Further, H.B. 1 expands the sealing/expungement eligibility by removing the eligibility cap on fourth and fifth degree felony offenses:…/legislation-documents… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 25, June 2019

The Taxpayer First Act

The Taxpayer First Act (TFA), which the House passed on June 10, 2019, and the Senate passed on June 13, 2019 will enhance the IRS’ ability to combat tax fraud. The whistleblower provisions in the TFA protect whistleblowers from retaliation and improve the IRS whistleblower program by authorizing the IRS to communicate with whistleblowers during the processing of their claims, while also protecting taxpayer privacy. The TFA also includes several provisions protecting taxpayers and modernizing and reforming the IRS. Those… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 17, June 2019

Emily Mikes Featured in the June 2019 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal

Check out Emily Mikes article "Smile, You're on Camera" which discusses the implications of Government usage of facial recognition software: Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 06, June 2019

Department of Justice Updates Manual regarding False Claims Act

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently updated its Manual to include formal guidance on False Claim Act matters. The DOJ may apply cooperation credit to companies for voluntarily disclosing misconduct unknown to the government, cooperating in an ongoing investigation, or undertaking remedial measures in response to a violation. The credit will take the form of a reduction in the damages multiplier and civil penalties. To read more about the policy click here:

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 24, May 2019

Department of Justice Updates Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

The Department of Justice recently published an updated version of the Criminal Division’s 2017 guidance publication “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.” The update is intended to harmonize the former Fraud Section publication with other Department legal standards. The updated guidance primarily focuses on three sections: 1. Is the corporation’s compliance program well designed? 2. Is the program being applied earnestly and in good faith? 3. Does the corporation’s compliance program work in practice? The publication provides additional support in answering… Read more

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 17, May 2019

Flannery Georgalis Welcomes Summer Law Clerks

Flannery Georgalis is pleased to welcome six summer law clerks studying at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to the firm: Bomi Boehnlein, Vincent Hynes, George Kennett, Liza Langdon, Ryan Palko and Oliver Thomas. They are a bright and talented group of students and we are excited to have them as part of the team. We look forward to their contributions to the firm’s efforts this summer.

By: F|G Marketing / Date: 08, May 2019

Justin Withrow in May 2019 CLE Bar Journal

Check out The Scoop in the May 2019 CLE Bar Journal on Justin Withrow, Senior Associate at Flannery Georgalis