Bulger Trial Begins in Boston

The long anticipated trial of James “Whitey” Bulger began this week in federal court in Boston. Bulger is charged with multiple federal crimes including racketeering charges under the federal RICO statute. Bulger, a longtime Boston underworld kingpin, allegedly cooperated with corrupt law enforcement agents to provide information against competing Boston gangsters and in return was […]

Pfizer Found Liable in Civil RICO Case

Yesterday was quite newsworthy the U.S. District Court in Boston. (See blog entry below about the identity theft sentencing.) In a case before the court a jury found Pfizer, Inc., liable for the violation of federal racketeering law by improperly marketing its epilepsy drug Neurontin for off-label uses. The jury awarded the plaintiffs, Kaiser Foundation […]

Federal Authorities Foil Boston Area Affinity Scheme

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Richard Elkinson at a casino in Mississippi yesterday. He is charged with operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 130 investors out of more than $29 million. Federal prosecutors in Boston filed the charges, which include mail fraud. The government alleges that Elkinson gave investors promissory […]

SEC Charges Lawyer in Insider Trading Ring Action

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought insider trading charges against Brien P. Santarlas, formerly an attorney at the international law firm Ropes & Gray, LLP. Santarlas was the tenth person charged in the investigation. Last month, the SEC brought charges Arthur J. Cutillo, a former Santerlas colleague at Ropes & Gray, and eight others. […]