Related Offenses

Because Sherman Act violations are often the result of calculated efforts perpetrated by senior business partners with knowledge that the activity is prohibited, often many steps are taken in effort to cover up the crime. In trying to conceal a price fixing or bid rigging scheme, defendants often open themselves up to criminal liability in such areas as conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Moreover, the deprivation worked on consumers by the restraint of trade is sufficient to support a federal mail or wire fraud charge if mails or wires are used in perpetrating the scheme. For this reason, Sherman Act violations are rarely prosecuted in a case as the sole charge. Related offenses brought in indictments with Sherman Act violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Aiding and abetting
  • Conspiracy to defraud the United States
  • Mail and wire fraud
  • Bank fraud
  • Bankruptcy fraud
  • Investment fraud
  • Accounting fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Tax evasion
  • Drug trafficking
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Perjury