“Compliance with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is necessary to ensure that consumers have complete confidence in the safety and effectiveness of the drugs they use,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “The Department of Justice and FDA will continue to work together to enforce labeling requirements and protect consumers from the dangers of undisclosed ingredients in drugs.” 
“Jeremy Hutchinson allegedly diverted contributions from his Arkansas State Senate campaigns to pay for an array of personal expenses,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “The charges in this case demonstrate the commitment of the Department and our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those involved in alleged campaign-related misconduct.”
Today, organized sports are more than leisurely pastimes. The sports industry is a profitable one whose goals and unique attributes are complemented by sound antitrust policy. With limited exception, leagues, governing bodies, or teams can and should have their conduct tested against the crucible of the antitrust laws. That is why the Antitrust Division remains an active observer that is ready to investigate and enforce the antitrust laws where the evidence suggests that conduct or a transaction has resulted in, or is likely to result in, harm to competition.
A federal grand jury sitting in Camden, New Jersey has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging an Atlantic City man with conspiring to defraud the United States by promoting a tax refund scheme, filing false claims, and obstructing the internal revenue laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.
The former president of a Kentucky-based corporation and a political consultant were both indicted today for using corporate funds to make contributions to the campaign of a candidate for U.S. Senate and for causing the concealment of these contributions from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
“MS-13 is a brutal transnational criminal organization that has wreaked havoc in communities across the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “The gang engages in indiscriminate and senseless acts of violence, as demonstrated by the charges announced today, which allege murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking in the State of California.  Dismantling MS-13 and other violent gangs that terrorize our streets will remain a top priority of the Department of Justice.  Today’s announcement is the result of comprehensive and coordinated federal, state, and local law enforcement action, and I commend the Eastern District of California and all of our partners for their hard work on this case.  It is precisely this kind of coordinated effort that allows us to most effectively protect our communities and hold MS-13 members accountable for their heinous crimes.”
The Department of Justice today filed a Statement of Interest on the side of the plaintiff in Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President And Fellows Of Harvard College in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff, Students For Fair Admissions, an organization of students and parents, alleges that Harvard College intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants when making admissions decisions. The plaintiff seeks relief from Harvard’s alleged discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a cornerstone civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The Department opened a Title VI investigation into Harvard’s admissions process in 2017 based upon a complaint filed by more than 60 Asian-American organizations.
Thank you, Laura, for the kind introduction. As the Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, Laura manages a large portion of the Department of Justice’s operations and budget. Laura, we appreciate your superb work at OJP. Your experience in local and federal law enforcement is invaluable to our efforts.
Today, the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
An Alabama woman pleaded guilty today to six counts of wire fraud and three counts of filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. for the Middle District of Alabama.


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