Two Years In: An Inside Look at COVID-19 Relief Fraud and What to Expect Next

10 Feb 2022 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PST

COVID-19 is one of the most significant public health and economic crises in modern history and has since presented myriad challenges to both our professional and personal lives. The U.S. government stepped in with various relief programs, some wildly successful and others less popular, but all of which present the potential for fraud. While fraud enforcement was not initially front and center, now, after two years, the U.S. government has dedicated resources and regulatory frameworks to combat COVID-19 relief fraud, and companies must be prepared for a heightened wave of enforcement.

Morrison & Foerster’s team includes former government officials from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), among other government agencies, who regularly advise companies on a wide variety of regulatory, enforcement, and investigative matters. Utilizing this experience, our team will provide first-hand insights on U.S. government resources and regulatory frameworks to be aware of, which can help mitigate potential disputes and regulatory inquiries as we continue to navigate the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • The Current State of the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • DOJ COVID-19 Relief Fraud Focuses, Enforcement, and Predictions
  • SEC COVID-19 Disclosures and Fraud Enforcement
  • PPP Loans and Other Federal Government Agency Enforcement Concerns
  • Q&A Session


  • Bethany Hills (moderator) – Co-chair of the FDA Regulatory + Life Sciences Group with a master’s in public health and epidemiology
  • Adam Braverman Investigations + White Collar Defense partner and former Associate Deputy Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California in DOJ
  • Brian Kidd – Investigations + White Collar Defense partner and former Chief of the Market Integrity and Major Frauds (MIMF) Unit of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section
  • Dave Lynn – Co-chair of the Corporate Finance | Capital Markets Group and former Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance
  • Haima Marlier – Co-chair of the Securities Litigation, Enforcement + White Collar Defense Group and former Senior Trial Counsel at the SEC’s Division of Enforcement
  • Tina Reynolds – Co-chair of the firm’s Government Contracts & Public Procurement Group and counsels government contractors and other recipients of federal funding on compliance with applicable federal laws and regulations



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