Former Dept of Justice Attorney Sentenced To 30 Months For Obtaining Information About Companies Named in Qui Tam Lawsuits and Using That Information in Private Practice.

Sometimes clients will believe that by hiring attorneys who have just left the government, they can obtain confidential information. While those attorneys have relationships with the other attorneys and agents, they have strict ethical rules where they cannot use information from a case they worked on in private practice. In an unusual and sad case, former Department of Justice attorney Jeffrey Wertkin was sentenced on March 7. 2018 to 30 months in prison for obstruction of justice and transportation of stolen property following a guilty plea last November relating to his "theft" of confidential information and documents on cases he personally was not working on and using it to obtain private clients.    According to his plea agreement, Mr. Wertkin of Washington, D.C., worked for the Civil Fraud Section of the Department of Justice from October 24, 2010, until April 12, 2016. During that time, he worked on qui tam actions pursuant to which the…

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