Civil War

  • Racism, American style

    … As someone who grew up in a small town in South Dakota, I confess a longstanding ignorance of the legitimate concerns and grievances of African Americans in the United States. I’ve never been racially profiled; no one has ever crossed the street to avoid walking by me on the sidewalk; I’ve never been called a nigger, and I’ve never had…

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  • Whistleblower Suit Against Quicken Loans Proceeds

    … appraisers and underwriters to fudge numbers simply to close loans. They say he has defrauded taxpayers of millions of dollars. In April of 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Quicken Loans under the False Claims Act, a Civil War anti-fraud statute. The government wants Quicken to pay tens of millions in fines and penalties. According…

    Due Diligence- 19 readers -
  • Military, Private Security & Private Military Contractor Whistleblowers

    … (AGNA), a division of Wackenhut. Yet another expose suggested a series of problems including overworked guards and low morale with that private military contractor. After our embassy in Benghazi was attacked, the State Department’s Inspector General did an audit of the security at Kabul. Its findings were not surprising. Billing errors, overbilling…

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  • Big Pharma Wants Your Hearts, Minds and Wallets (Pharma Whistleblower)

    … are one of the tens of thousands of people working in the industry or a healthcare provider, read on. You may be eligible for an award. False Claims Act and Pharma Whistleblower Awards The False Claims Act is a Civil War era anti-fraud law that is still on the books and more powerful than ever. Under the Act, whistleblowers with inside information…

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  • Think Glink

    … case and how the verdict could impact the financial industry moving forward. Please note: This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is the False Claims Act? How do these cases work? The False Claims Act was passed when Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War. The government was broke – a lot like it is now – and vendors…

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  • Radiology Centers & Illegal Practices – Whistleblower Award Post

    … False Claims Act was passed in 1863 during the Civil War. Still on the books today, the law allows whistleblowers to earn cash awards for their information. To qualify, you must have inside information about fraud involving a federal program or funds. Awards are based on the amount recovered by the government. Only the first person to report usually…

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  • $85 Million Wasted on “Empty Shells”? Government Contractor Fraud Post

    … of a hotel and an adjacent apartment building, directly across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.” How serious were these “deficiencies”? Sopko says, “the $85 million in loans is gone, the buildings were never completed and are uninhabitable, and the U.S. Embassy is now forced to provide security for the site at additional cost to U.S. taxpayers…

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  • Sleeping with the Enemy? Qui Tam Whistleblower Post

    … cases. “Qui Tam” is the condensed version of a much longer Latin phrase. In ancient England, people could bring lawsuits in the name of the king. Today in the United States, a Civil War statute allows whistleblowers to bring lawsuits in the name of the U.s. government. Why would anyone want to do the government’s dirty work? Because the law…

    Due Diligence- 10 readers -
  • Unsterile OR Tools? Welcome to DMC and Tenet Healthcare

    … Healthcare acquired the hospital system. Problems with sanitation seem to begin at the same time Tenet Healthcare took over. The Detroit News reports that in June of 2014, ophthalmologists were “so fed up” with sterility issues that they threatened to take patients to other hospitals for surgery. The system hired a person in October of 2014…

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  • Anatomy of a Fraud – U.S. v Allied Home Mortgage Goes to Trial

    … Allied Home Mortgage was once the largest privately held FHA lender in the United States. It wrote more mortgages than many big banks. That all came to a crushing halt in November 2011 when the U.S. Department of Justice intervened in a False Claims Act claim filed by a former branch manager turned whistleblower. At the same time, HUD took its…

    Due Diligence- 42 readers -
  • Arab Company Tries to Dodge Whistleblower Suit

    … Trying to sue a company that claims it is based in Kuwait is no easy task. Whistleblower Kamal Mustafa Al-Sultan, himself a Kuwaiti, is learning that lesson after suing Public Warehousing Co KSC in Georgia. The suit has been dragging on since 2005 but now Uncle Sam is jumping in and telling a court that Public Warehousing should stop dragging its…

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  • Can A Government Employee Receive a Whistleblower Award?

    … Can a government employee receive a whistleblower award? The answer is often yes! While we rarely see these cases, there is nothing wrong, immoral or illegal with government agents filing claims. There are exceptions depending on the program, however. IRS agents, for example can’t receive an award under the IRS Whistleblower Program…

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  • Whistleblower Receives $4.5 Million Award

    … of the federal False Claims Act. The latter is an 1863 Civil War era law that pays whistleblowers awards for reporting fraud against government programs. Congress made kickbacks illegal in the hope that medical decisions always be based on a patient’s best interests and not that of the provider. We call that concept “patients before profits.” False…

    Due Diligence- 9 readers -
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