Sam Antar dishes out some free advice on staying out of prison

In today’s post entitled Advice from a convicted felon: How the government investigates and prosecutes white collar criminal cases, Sam Antar gives us an education on how the federal government goes after the “fish” in a criminal case.

And Sam should know. After all, he’s the former CFO of Crazy Eddie and has years of experience related to government criminal investigations. He refers to the big fish (someone like the CEO or President or majority owner of the company), the middle fish (middle management) and the small fish (non-management employees).

The feds like to work their way up the food chain until they get to the biggest fish. They start with the small fish and work on flipping him, and so on up the ladder as they get the goods on people at each level above.

Sam talks a lot about the dangers for the small fish and the middle fish, and how fish above them start distancing themselves from the lower fish as an investigation heats up.

And with Patrick Byrne of as the admitted target of a federal investigation, you’ve got to wonder if he’s started to distance himself from Judd Bagley. After all, Patrick has to hope that by distancing himself from Bagley, he may not be held responsible for the questionable activities of his head of public relations.

At least on one issue, Judd can rest easy. Patrick owns those financial statements. Judd doesn’t. Judd just owns the “black ops.”

One comment

  1. Lynne

    What pisses me off about the whole situation is when the “middle fish” is trained to do business a certain way and is “following suit” as trained. He gets busted, not even realizing he’s done business the wrong way, while the “big fish”, “little fish”, and the new “middle fish” go on with business as usual with the same policies that the old “middle fish” is “fried” for!!!!

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