Nothing is more serious than a threat to one’s own personal liberty.
Yet this is precisely what is at issue when the government accuses an individual of committing a crime. Particularly in the federal system, where there is no “parole” and those sentenced to a prison term must serve 85% of their sentence, the stakes could not be higher. An individual’s life quite literally hangs in the balance.
Corporate liability is very much a grave matter in its own right. Though the government cannot put a corporation in prison, it can impose harsh and punitive fines and penalties that amount to the corporate equivalent. The stigma associated with corporate liability itself can last for years, imposing difficult restrictions on a corporation’s ability to conduct its business.
These situations require experienced, knowledgeable counsel with a track record of success and an insider’s understanding of the government’s methods and motivations. This is exactly what Faruki brings to the table.
Represented real estate developer of largest commercial real estate development in greater Cincinnati in high profile matter indicted in federal court in Cincinnati. Client charged with 25 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering stemming from alleged diversion of proceeds of $100 million construction loan.
Represented former Athletic Director of Northern Kentucky University accused of using university monies for personal purposes.
Represented bank official accused of embezzling over $900,000 in bank funds over a fifteen year period. Negotiated highly-advantageous plea resolution whereby client pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud, no enhancements were applied in calculating client’s advisory sentence pursuant to the United States Sentencing Guidelines (despite client being eligible for many), and client received a sentence of approximately 2 years imprisonment.
Represented Cindy Thomas, Manager of the Cincinnati office of the Internal Revenue Service’s Tax Exempt Organization division, before the United States House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform and Ways and Means Committees and the Senate Finance Committee in their respective investigations into whether “Tea Party” organizations seeking tax-exempt status were discriminated against. Also represented Ms. Thomas as “witness” in the Department of Justice’s criminal investigation into same.
Defended Cincinnati-area businessman and owner of multiple restaurant franchises against allegations of money laundering arising from casino boat gambling income. Client not charged.
Negotiated dismissal of money laundering charges brought by government in federal criminal tax investigation.
Defended local businessman indicted in federal court for tax evasion. Negotiated favorable plea pursuant to which tax evasion charges were dismissed and client was sentenced to probation, despite recommendation of prison time under federal sentencing guidelines.
Defended local scrap recycling business in connection with major IRS “raid” relating to suspected tax and other crimes. Client ultimately not charged.
Defended upper-management employee of public company under investigation by the SEC and Department of Justice for insider trading. Client not charged by either entity.
Represented business professional in matter involving charges of insider trading brought by the SEC relating to professional’s work on public company merger/acquisition. Matter pending.
Currency Structuring and Bank Secrecy Act Violations
Defended local businessman in investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office into allegations of illegal currency deposit-activity. Client not charged.
Represented individual accused of structuring currency withdrawals from financial institutions so as to avoid reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act. Matter pending.
Defended veteran of the livestock industry indicted by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigations on organized crime charges, stemming from failure of western Kentucky buying station related to failure of client’s employer, one of the largest livestock companies in the United States. Despite client being charged with serious Class B felony indictment, negotiated plea to series of misdemeanor charges and successfully defeated Attorney General’s attempts to have client excluded from the livestock industry.
Represented health care industry CFO in investigation into audit procedures and reconciliation of internal accounts. Client not charged.
Represented management-level employee of national health care company investigated by the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts in large-scale investigation into off-label marketing practices. Client not charged.
Represented CEO and controlling shareholder of Kentucky bank in investigation by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) into alleged “unsound banking practices.”
Defended highest-ranking U.S.-based corporate executive of major Japanese auto parts supplier in case involving alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act and obstruction of justice with respect to the EPA’s investigation of same. Although corporate defendant forced to plead guilty to felony count and to pay multi-million dollar fine, client permitted to plead to misdemeanor offenses.
Physician and Pharmacy Defense
Defended owner/operator of Central Kentucky pain management clinics, MRI center, and pharmacy in connection with federal indictment alleging operation of “pill mill” businesses and seizure of $8 million in property and assets. Matter on-going.
Represented client before federal appeals court, securing reversal of trial court proceedings in which client was convicted of serious felonies and convinced appellate court to return the matter to the trial court for further proceedings.
Asset Seizure and Forfeiture
Represented multiple clients in litigating and negotiating return of seized funds and assets in connection with criminal investigations.