SamuelsTake: Boston Criminal Lawyer Sends Regrets

Good Monday morning to you, Boston and environs. I hope you are free, recovered from last week’s ice storms and ready to begin a new week. Hopefully you are greeting another week without the need for a criminal defense attorney.


Unfortunately, there will be no “regular” blog today. This is primarily because of the story I am basing a rather longer-than-usual blog on that is simply not finished by the time I need to be in court today.

To give you a hint on the subject matter, let me give you the following “coming attraction”:

You may have heard the term “Ponzi scheme” before. For those so uninitiated, it is a fraudulent investment operation that involves paying abnormally high profits to investors out of the money paid in by subsequent investors, rather than from net revenues generated by any real business. It is named after Charles Ponzi who apparently introduced the scheme to the United States in the early 1900’s from…of all places…Boston. Because the invested capital is not earning a sufficient return on its own, Ponzi schemes usually eventually collapse under their own weight.

If that was not enough, does the name “Madoff” or subject “fraud” ring a bell?

Well, more on that tomorrow. I am, however, committed to getting in this daily criminal law blog each Monday through Friday, so I did not want to leave my readership wanting. In the meantime, please check out my “byline”, below, for a new addition. Basically, it has occurred to us at Altman&Altman, LLP, that you might want to either “talk back” or approach me about a case you may have…or suspect you may have.

You should feel free to do so. The number is listed there and, as you can tell if you go to my short biographical statements, you may reach me by email at

And so, it would seem, that today’s blog reads more like a commercial than usual. Well, use of the term “commercial” reminds me of “commercial enterprise” which, in my line of work, often turns out to mean “criminal enterprise”.

Which is another foreshadowing to tomorrow’s blog.

Have a great (and law abiding) day!

Samuel Goldberg is the senior criminal defense attorney at the firm of Altman & Altman, LLP. A former prosecutor in New York, he has worked as a Boston defense attorney over 18 years. He has published various articles regarding the practice of criminal law and frequently provides legal analysis on radio and television, appearing on outlets such as the Fox News Channel, Court TV, MSNBC and The BBC Network. To speak to Sam about a criminal matter call 617-492 3000

Believe it or not there was an article used for today’s daily blog and it can be found at

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