Federal Criminal Defense Blog: The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania announced that it will drop charges against Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Cyril Wecht. Wecht was accused of various offenses, including using his county staff and resources to benefit his private practice, overbilling private clients for limousines and air fares and ripping off prosecutors for mileage fees as an expert witness.
The New York Times: A former vice chairman of the accounting firm BDO Seidman pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he had helped clients evade more than $200 million in taxes through illegal tax shelters.
The Daily Record: Judge dismisses money laundering charges against the owner of Baltimore-based Nick’s Amusements.
The Daily Record: Court holds that attorneys must disclose payments from employee who embezzled $1M.
Sentencing Law and Policy: U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced an HIV-positive Cameroon woman to 238 days in prison for possessing fake documents. The sentence exceeds federal sentencing guidelines and Woodcock stated that the enhanced sentencing was due only to the woman’s HIV-positive status. The judge believes that the defendant will be more likely to follow a medical care regimen if she is in federal prison, and said his concern was for the life of the unborn child.