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In a Politico article today entitled, “How one of America’s largest employers leans on federal law enforcement”, MSF Counsel, Ilana Haramati was quoted.
“The e-commerce company has touted its cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Department of Homeland Security during an investigation into four men accused of wire fraud and money laundering. The men were arrested and charged with engaging in a scheme to systematically defraud Amazon’s vendor system, forcing Amazon to pay for goods that the company had not ordered, according to the company statement. Amazon did not offer more details on the company’s views on the case.
Ilana Haramati, a lawyer representing one of the defendants in that case, Zishe Abraham, called the government’s charges “trumped up civil disputes disguised as purported crimes.”
“Taxpayer dollars and government resources should not be used to help Amazon settle a business score,” Haramati said in an email.”