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Can a guilty plea be withdrawn under Rule 48?

Rule 48a allows the federal government to dismiss an indictment or complaint. The rule also allows for the dismissal of the prosecution during trial with the consent of the defendant with the leave of the court. In addition, Rule 48b allows the court to dismiss an indictment or complaint if there are delays in presenting...

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Prominent False Claims Act firm gearing up for wave of CARES Act fraud prosecutions

Lawyers at the Houston firm of Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley are marshaling the firm’s white-collar criminal defense resources as a wave of CARES Act fraud prosecutions, civil enforcement and opportunistic qui tam actions begins to take shape across the United States. Mark Brewer, a principal of the firm, notes that federal prosecutors have already filed...

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Federal Wire Fraud and Mail Fraud Statutes to take center stage in COVID-19 fraud prosecutions

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues throughout the U.S., federal law enforcement agencies are ramping up to counter a massive spike in fraud stemming from the COVID-19 crisis. Federal investigators are devoting substantial resources to targeting a wide and proliferating variety of fraudulent schemes including the online promotion of bogus coronavirus cures and counterfeit medical...

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COVID 19 fraud allegations often involve False Claims Act

Experienced False Claims Act defense lawyers explain how process works More than $2 trillion in federal aid has been designated for Coronavirus COVID-19 relief for individuals, small businesses and corporations, according to The Houston Chronicle and many other news sources. Additional federal relief funding is anticipated, as well, to help people and businesses struggling financially...

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How can a healthcare fraud defense lawyer help me?

Accusations of healthcare fraud can have serious consequences. Every year, many surgeons, doctors and other healthcare professionals are accused of healthcare fraud. If convicted, they could face years in jail and face thousands (or even millions) of dollars in fines. They could even perhaps lose their medical license or face other disciplinary sanctions. With so...

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Affirmative defense for an insider trading investigation

On behalf of Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, P.C. posted in sec compliance and enforcement on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Texas businesses and investors are always seeking an advantage to make wise decisions. Getting information – or “tips” as it is often called – can be alluring and seem harmless. However, when the Securities and Exchange...

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