NOTEWORTHY CASES | white collar defense

2015 |
United States v. Petraeus

On April 23, 2015, General David Petraeus, former military commander in the U.S. Army and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to probation for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified information, a misdemeanor. Jake Sussman was a member of General David Petraeus’ defense team. Click here for media coverage of the case.

2015 |
United States v. Bernard von NotHaus

Mr. Von NotHaus, described by some as “the Rosa Parks of the constitutional currency movement,” hired Noell Tin to represent him at sentencing after a jury convicted him of various counterfeiting offenses based on his minting and distribution of the Liberty Dollar, an alternative currency which was backed by over 60 million US dollars’ worth of gold and silver. Mr. Von Nothaus faced over 20 years under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. He was sentenced to a term of probation with six months home detention. Included in the sentencing judge’s findings was the conclusion that a sentence of incarceration would promote disrespect for the law.
Photograph by Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times.

See below for media coverage of this case:
New York Times Website
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Forbes Website
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2013 |
State v. S.H.

Noell Tin and Sarah Bennett secured not guilty verdicts in Rutherford County on behalf of their client, a former public works director for the Town of Forest City who was charged with 12 felony counts of embezzlement from the town.

2012 |
United States v. R.M.

Matt Pruden represented a client charged in a federal indictment alleging conspiracy to commit fraud and counterfeiting. After negotiations with the government, the client was allowed to enter into a pretrial diversion program and the case was dismissed.

2011 |
United States v. S.L.

Missy Owen represented S.L., a defendant in a 50-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. After aggressive negotiations with the government that successfully limited the client’s exposure to prison, Owen was able to secure a six-month term of imprisonment.

2011 |
United States v. J.W.

Matthew Pruden and Noell Tin represented a doctor during a multi-year investigation by the federal government into potential charges of Medicaid fraud. After the firm demonstrated that its client lacked criminal intent with respect to any unauthorized charges made by his office staff, the government declined to criminally prosecute.

2008 |
United States v. Saxon

Missy Owen and Noell Tin represented Sallie Saxon, who ran what federal prosecutors called “the most successful prostitution business in the United States.” Nicknamed “the Southpark Madame” by the media, Saxon employed a high-end ring of call girls and maintained a confidential list of 1200 clients which included lawyers, doctors, and bank executives. Facing up to 20 years in federal prison, Saxon was ultimately sentenced to 2 years of incarceration. As Owen commented, “Sallie was very good to the women who worked for her. She did all she could to limit the harm they might face as prostitutes.”

2006 |
United States v. S.C.

Jake Sussman represented a health care employee being investigated for bribery and extortion. Extensive pre-indictment investigation and negotiations resulted in a guilty plea to a single count of health care fraud with a binding agreement for a non-prison sentence, which was accepted by the U.S. District Court.

2006 |
Securities & Exchange Commission v. C.J.

Noell Tin represented C.J., whom the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged raised more than $50 million from more than 300,000 investors by convincing visitors to her website that they could earn a 44 percent return on their investments in 12 days by looking at Internet advertisements.