Feds Credit New GC, McDermott for Tech Chief’s Fraud Prosecution


A unique collaboration between a newly promoted general counsel and lawyers at McDermott Will & Emery helped lead to the criminal charges against Amir Golestan, a technology executive accused of illicitly obtaining lucrative IP addresses.

Golestan and his company—Micfo LLC—on Nov. 18 pleaded guilty to 20 criminal counts after two days of testimony in a federal wire fraud trial in Charleston, S.C. Golestan was accused of fraudulently obtaining thousands of IP addresses from the American Registry for Internet Numbers Ltd.

The first-of-its kind criminal case could have wider implications for prosecutions of those that jeopardize the technology allowing the internet to function, as noted by to the Wall Street Journal. Prosecutors said Golestan and Micfo used shell entities to acquire IP addresses with a market value of $14 million.

The Justice Department praised the efforts of Michael Abejuela, ARIN’s general counsel, as well as Sam Neel and Stephen…

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