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Three Charged in $364M Scheme That Paid for Splurges on Diamonds, Bugattis and Mansions

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A federal grand jury has indicted three men for what officials describe as a $364 million Ponzi scheme to defraud investors, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Former Locke Lord Partner Indicted on Charges Related to Alleged Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

Former Locke Lord Partner Indicted on Charges Related to Alleged Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

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According to the indictment, Mark S. Scott was part of a conspiracy to conceal the source of $400 million in process from an alleged pyramid scheme involving a purported cryptocurrency, OneCoin.

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Judge Rejects Ex-Bank Executives’ Bids for Acquittals, New Trials

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Judge Richard Andrews refused to enter judgments of acquittal or set new trials for the former Wilmington Trust executives.

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Federal Judge’s Meltdown Ends With Hostages, Suicide

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Police and federal agents had already confiscated a weapons cache from the home of Timothy Maher a few days before he took hostages and then killed himself.

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The Biglaw Firm Defending the Catholic Church

The Biglaw Firm Defending the Catholic Church

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Reports indicate that Cardinal Donald Wuerl has tapped Jones Day to represent him on matters relating to a grand jury report that alleged the sexual abuse of thousands of victims at Catholic dioceses across Pennsylvania.

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Another Lawyer Slain: Indiana Victim was Close to Retirement

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Indiana lawyer T. Edward Page was murdered at his home by a client, Hobart, Ind., police said late last week.

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Ex-Biglaw Partner Gets 18 Months in Prison for Role in Shkreli Fraud

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The former lawyer who helped “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli defraud investors landed just one and a half years in prison for his role in the crime.

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Prosecutor: Illinois Attorney Fatally Shot By Brother-In-Law Over Finances

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Prosecutors in the Illinois murder case of Stephen Shapiro, a partner in Mayer Brown, say he was gunned down by his brother-in-law, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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‘Superhero’ Lawyer Who Argued Cases Before Supreme Court Slain in Home

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The Mayer Brown partner had spent some time in the U.S. solicitor general’s office, arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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‘He Has Torn My Head Off’: Manafort Judge Known for Being Tough During Trials

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T.S. Ellis III regularly interrupts trial testimony with his own questions and demands that certain lines of inquiry be cut short, clearing up ambiguity that defense attorneys hoped to create, reports The Washington Post.

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Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

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The virtual currency operator absconded with investors’ assets, exchanging them into U.S. dollars to buy groceries and to pay for travel and other personal expenses, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Biglaw Tries to Persuade Judge Not to Send One of Their Own to Prison

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Some former colleagues of the lawyer who was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the “Pharma Bro” case are asking the judge in his case for leniency.

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Former Baylor Coach Rips Pepper Hamilton, Calls Out Ken Starr

Former Baylor Coach Rips Pepper Hamilton, Calls Out Ken Starr

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A former football coach who lost his job at Baylor University had some harsh words for former Baylor president Ken Starr, but his strongest words are for Pepper Hamilton, the firm that investigated a sexual misconduct scandal involving football players.

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GC Resigns, Stands Accused of Falsifying Death Threats

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Julia Marie Ezell faces three counts of using a computer to send herself death threats and then falsely report a made-up crime, reports KWTV News 9.

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ABA Reveals Alleged $1.3M Theft By a Now-Former Staff Member on Tax Form

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An ABA official told the ABA Journal that the theft was well-hidden with falsified documents, but the theft became apparent when the individual got more ambitious in attempts to divert more money.

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Big Law Partner Disbarred After Bilking Firms, Client for $7.8M

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Ravelo was accused in 2014 of conspiring to defraud Hunton, Willkie, and MasterCard by submitting false invoices for several million dollars to two litigation support vendors she and her husband controlled, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

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Scott Wolas, 69, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court to defrauding 20 investors in two real estate projects out of $1.7 million while he was using someone else’s identity, Reuters reports.

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Former ICE General Counsel Heads to Prison for Identity Theft

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The former legal adviser to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau was sentenced to 48 months in prison, reports Government Executive.

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V&E Lawyer Faces Possible Felony Charge in Boat Crash That Injured Colleagues

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The boating accident occurred on Austin’s Lake Travis the night before a Vinson & Elkins daylong retreat planned for the next day.

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Lawyer Who Tried to Bilk Insurance Companies Out of $300,000 Sentenced to Prison

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The Tarrant County district attorney said that Richard Kent Livesay schemed to bill insurers for fraudulent hailstorm damage to roofs without the knowledge or consent of homeowners.

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