A former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner criminally charged with attempting to sell copies of confidential whistleblower lawsuits to two separate companies plans to plead guilty later this month, his lead defense lawyer said Thursday.

Jeffrey Wertkin, who joined Akin Gump as a partner in 2016 after nearly six years as a trial lawyer in the fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division, was arrested in January, accused of scheming to sell a copy of a sealed False Claims Act case to an unnamed company based in Sunnyvale for $310,000. A superseding criminal complaint, filed in San Francisco federal court on Wednesday, describes a second confidential lawsuit that Wertkin allegedly made an effort to exchange with an Oregon-based company for a fee.

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