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Villainy Gone Viral: The Many Faces of Fraud in a Pandemic


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 95 minutes
Recorded Date: May 04, 2021
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Agenda

  • NY State’s Response to Price Gouging and Fraud during COVID 19
  • NYC’s Enforcement of Price Gouging during COVID 19
  • Federal Prosecution of Fraud during COVID 19
  • 3M’s Efforts against Fraud During COVID 19
  • Shopify’s Efforts Against Fraud During COVID 19
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Recorded: May 4, 2021

Description

In addition to the many challenges federal, state, and local governments have had to face arising from the pandemic, fraud has been among the most difficult. Just as COVID-19 has seen mutations, the myriad ways in which bad actors have sought to unlawfully benefit from the pandemic at taxpayers' expense have become too numerous to count—from procurement fraud to price gouging, you name it, they've tried it!

Join our panelists, representing federal, state, and local government enforcers as well as the corporate and online seller community relegated to policing the marketing and sale of their goods as they discuss the many faces of fraud in the pandemic, ways to detect it, what has been or can be done to deter or prevent it, and lessons learned for our next public health crisis.

This program was recorded on May 4th, 2021.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Vivek Narayanadas

Vice President, Legal
Shopify

Vivek Narayanadas currently serves as a Vice President of Legal at Shopify, a global publicly-traded company that offers an ecommerce platform that supports over one million small businesses around the world. At Shopify, Vivek leads the company’s privacy, IP, litigation, and public policy teams. In this role, Vivek's team works closely with regulators around the world and the company’s Trust & Safety and related platform protection teams to address concerns about the conduct of specific merchants that use Shopify's ecommerce platform.

Before joining Shopify, Vivek led the privacy team at Rubicon Project, a publicly-traded ad tech company. Before moving in-house, Vivek spent several years as a litigator--he clerked for two federal judges, and then worked in private practice representing clients in complex class action and appellate litigation matters.

Tamala Boyd

General Counsel
NYC Department of Consumer & Worker Protection - DCWP

Tamala Boyd is General Counsel at the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), formerly the Department of Consumer Affairs. DCWP was created over 50 years ago, when the NYC City Council passed the landmark Consumer Protection Law that gave the agency its broad authority to protect the public from deceptive business practices, making it the first municipal agency of its kind in the country. As GC, Ms. Boyd works to operationalize the Department’s mission: to protect and enhance the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities.

Ms. Boyd has been with the Department since 2013. Previously, she was a Principal Appellate Court Attorney with the Appellate Division, First Department, one of New York State’s four intermediate appellate courts. Before that, Ms. Boyd spent 6 years in private practice, as a Litigation Associate at the New York law firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Ms. Boyd received her law degree from Duke Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University.

Patricia A. Conners

Former Chief Deputy Attorney General
Florida Office of the Attorney General

Patricia Conners is a former Chief Deputy and Deputy Attorney General in the Florida Attorney General’s Office, overseeing a staff of nearly 1100, including managing the Antitrust, Complex Civil Enforcement, Consumer Protection, Lemon Law Arbitration and Civil Rights Divisions. She recently retired from the Office after 36 years, having served seven attorneys general.

During her tenure, she was the supervising attorney in the state’s opioids litigation and a lead negotiator in the multistate negotiations in that case, the supervising attorney in the state's lawsuit against BP arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, and the supervising attorney representing Florida in the multistate negotiations with the five major mortgage servicers over various issues arising from the foreclosure crisis, among other significant complex enforcement matters. As Deputy Attorney General for Enforcement, she also directed or was the lead attorney on countless antitrust and consumer protection matters.

In addition to her general management responsibilities in the agency, Ms. Conners served as the Director of the Antitrust Division for the Attorney General's Office from 1995 until 2020, where she was responsible for implementing and overseeing the Attorney General's state and federal enforcement efforts to ensure a competitive marketplace. Ms. Conners received both her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

Courtney Enloe

Senior Vice President & Chief Litigation Counsel
3M

Courtney Enloe currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota. In this role, she leads 3M’s global legal strategy on significant litigation and other matters across the enterprise and advises executive leadership and the Board of Directors on legal and reputational risk.

Prior to joining 3M in 2017, Courtney served as Chief Counsel – U.S. Pharma and Chief Counsel - Litigation for McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 5 global healthcare company based in San Francisco, California. In these roles, Courtney led the litigation team, served as the lead lawyer for multiple business units, and provided legal oversight for material pharmaceutical sourcing transactions. Before McKesson, Courtney served as Senior Litigation Counsel at Georgia-Pacific, a multi-national consumer products and manufacturing company, where she led strategy on a wide range of litigation and consumer safety matters, including a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of the U.S. Prior to Georgia-Pacific, Courtney served as Senior Litigation Counsel and the lead employment lawyer at EarthLink, a technology company.

Before moving in-house, Courtney worked in private practice as a litigator at Holland & Knight LLP and Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. After law school, Courtney served as a law clerk to Judge James E. Massey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Craig Carpenito

Partner, Special Matters & Government Investigations
King & Spalding LLP

Craig Carpenito is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters & Government Investigations practice. Immediately prior to joining King & Spalding, Craig served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, directing all federal criminal and civil matters in the state of New Jersey. As U.S. Attorney, Craig made significant organizational changes, including creating the nation’s first standalone opioid enforcement unit and the District’s first cybercrimes unit. Craig also expanded the number of federal prosecutors in New Jersey addressing healthcare, government fraud and civil rights investigations and prosecutions. In August 2018, working with DOJ’s Fraud Section, he announced the formation of the first Medicare Strike Force in New Jersey.

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Craig was personally engaged on a number of investigations and prosecutions, including oversight of DOJ’s Consent Decree with the Newark Police Department and significant healthcare, accounting and financial fraud matters, as well as matters involving key federal enforcement statutes, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, and Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In 2019. Craig also brings extensive crisis management experience from his tenure, including notably chairing DOJ’s national COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force, as well as directly overseeing investigations of two hate-based domestic terrorism attacks in New Jersey during his tenure. He was a member of the Attorney General’s advisory subcommittees on healthcare fraud and cyber security and cryptocurrencies.

Prior to his service as U.S. Attorney, Craig spent ten years as a partner at an AmLaw 50 law firm, where he was co-chair of the firm’s litigation and trial practice group and led its white collar, government and internal investigations team. Earlier in his career, Craig served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Securities and Health Care Fraud Unit in New Jersey where he investigated and prosecuted numerous complex fraud cases, including the successful trial of Cendant Corp. CEO Walter Forbes. Craig also served as a senior counsel in the New York Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement.

Jane Azia

Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection
Office of the New York Attorney General

Jane Azia is currently the Chief of the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection in the Office of the New York Attorney General.

From April 2007 through April 2011, she served as the Director of Non-Depository Institutions and Consumer Protection for the New York State Banking Department where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable consumer protection laws and that consumers have access to and receive financial products and services that are fair and not predatory.

Prior to joining the Banking Department, Ms. Azia worked for nearly twenty-five years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New York Attorney General in the Consumer and Internet bureaus.

Ms. Azia has worked on a wide range of consumer issues, including predatory lending, credit and financial services, advertising, retail sales, health care, insurance, product safety, housing, telecommunications, telemarketing, food and drugs, privacy and online services.


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