Wire Act Prosecutions expected to increase with new DOJ opinion

The Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel recently published an opinionreviewing the Department’s interpretation of the federal Wire Act. The Wire Act has been a tool for prosecuting certain gambling activities since 1961. Codified as 18 U.S.C. § 1084, the Wire Act states that: Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering…

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Will the Supreme Court limit civil forfeiture?

This week, the United States Supreme Court decided to take up a case involving the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws. “Civil forfeiture” occurs when law enforcement seizes the property of a person suspected of committing a crime, even if that person is never arrested or charged with a crime. While some argue that civil forfeiture…

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Operation Wire Wire is an aggressive move against federal computer crimes

This week, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that an international law enforcement operation, Operation Wire Wire, resulted in the arrest of 74 individuals, including 42 people in the United States. The government is accusing these people of committing “cyber-enabled fraud” by sending misleading emails to businesses and individuals that trick them…

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