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Garland’s 2nd Half Agenda: Corruption, COVID-19 and Crypto


The U.S. economy is roaring back from the pandemic slump, spelling busy days ahead for the white collar attorneys and government enforcers tasked with following the money.


Lenders that delivered relief funds were not held to the same level of scrutiny applied to traditional government loan programs, according to Blank Rome LLP partner Jennifer Achilles, but they still had obligations to vet and flag suspicious applications.

“Historically, whenever the government spends trillions of dollars in taxpayer money, you're going to have people questioning and scrutinizing on the other side,” Achilles told Law360.


The past year has also yielded plenty of pandemic-related False Claims Act and health care fraud cases, including a $6 billion telemedicine bust in October that led to charges against 345 people.

“These types of schemes were up and running pre-pandemic, but people likely did take advantage of expanded opportunities when telemedicine restrictions were lifted during the pandemic, and we can expect to see even more enforcement focus in this area,” Blank Rome partner Jennifer Short told Law360.

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“Garland’s 2nd Half Agenda: Corruption, COVID-19 and Crypto,” by Jack Queen was published in Law360 on July 6, 2021.