Whistleblower

A whistleblower (whistle-blower or whistle blower) is a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).
Posts about Whistleblower
  • Construction Dive

    … of a stricter Buy America policy, however, could be an increase in fraud, according to attorney Brian Mahany, who specializes in whistleblower law. Mahany said he has represented the government’s interests in cases against companies that violate the country’s Buy American laws by attempting to pass of off foreign-made goods as domestic. For example…

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  • False Claims Act 101 – Intervened Cases vs Declined Cases

    … in declined cases. Next Steps in Intervened Cases When the government intervenes, many cases immediately settle. Because the False Claims Act allows tripe damages and additional civil penalties, many defendants simply decide to settle in the hopes of getting a better deal. Much like criminal defendants will negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors…

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  • Fairness in Class Actions Bill Anything But…

    … of the Chamber’s lobbying arm are the very companies that have been successfully prosecuted by the government. Companies like Bank of America, Pfizer, Boeing. Because these companies are the primary funders of the Chamber’s legislative and lobbying agenda, they get to set that agenda. In other words, the people that write the checks get to set…

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  • Fairness in Class Actions Bill Anything But…

    … of the Chamber’s lobbying arm are the very companies that have been successfully prosecuted by the government. Companies like Bank of America, Pfizer, Boeing. Because these companies are the primary funders of the Chamber’s legislative and lobbying agenda, they get to set that agenda. In other words, the people that write the checks get to set…

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  • Concealed or Hidden Investment Fees? SEC Whistleblower Post

    … million. The hidden and overbilled fees were often for things like postage and printing. Despite the self-reporting, the State of Massachusetts charged State Street a year later in 2016 with overcharging clients for “secure electronic messages.” According to the complaint, State Street was charging customers $5 for an email when the cost…

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  • My Government Whistleblower Case Was Declined, Now What?

    … after the government declines. These actions are called “qui tam” actions and can trace their heritage to English law when private parties could prosecute cases in the name of the king. Once the government declines the case, the complaint is usually unsealed. That means it becomes public. Usually, whistleblowers have 120 days to serve the complaint…

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  • More Convictions in Venezuela Foreign Bribery Scheme

    … awarded contracts. Beech also admitted that he worked with the foreign officials to hide bribes. To date, eight people have been convicted in connection with the Petróleos de Venezuela SA foreign bribery scheme. Foreign Bribery and Whistleblower Awards People with inside information about violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act are eligible…

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  • Whistleblower News Review

    … unturned. In discussing whistleblower cases, Mahany raises questions about ethics, dishonesty, and corporate greed. He emerges from the book as the champion for worthy causes that his track record has amply proven that he is, as much within those pages as in real life. It is hard to discuss regulations and propositions without boring readers…

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  • Pharmaceutical Whistleblowers – The WAR on Big Pharma Begins

    … a drug price suddenly skyrockets by 1000% or more. Americans pay the highest drug prices in the world. The same drugs you have in your medicine cabinet are often half the price in Canada. Yet last week, the Senate refused to endorse a measure to allow patients to get their drugs in Canada. Even liberal NJ Senator Cory Booker voted against it. Why…

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  • Ocwen’s Newest Lie? (Ocwen Whistleblower Post)

    … providers.” The head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, was blunter in his words, “Deceptions and shortcuts in mortgage servicing will not be tolerated. Ocwen took advantage of borrowers at every stage of the process. “ Under the terms of the settlement, California homeowners were eligible to receive an estimated $268…

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  • FCPA Foreign Bribery Active Investigations – Last Call for Whistleblowers

    … 2016 was a banner year for the SEC and Department of Justice. The SEC paid out record whistleblower awards. The Department of Justice had its third best year under the False Claims Act. It paid over $500 million in whistleblower awards. Perhaps the biggest whistleblower news, however, was the record number of awards for information about bribery…

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  • Jail for Fla. Lighting Contractor in Kickback Scheme

    … There is something magical about southern Florida. Warm winters, lush vegetation, fancy cars, great fishing… and fraud. Lot’s of fraud. We took special interest in the news that a contractor doing work at the Miami International Airport wants to go to jail for a year. Who wants to spend a year in prison? Someone facing a decade in prison! What…

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  • Mortgage Underwriting Fraud in 2016 – Whistleblower Post

    … another mortgage underwriting fraud cases against Primary Residential Mortgage (PRMI). The company agreed to pay $5 million to settle the case. According to the Justice Department, “PRMI admitted it endorsed loans that were not eligible for FHA mortgage insurance, including loans where: PRMI failed to document the assets used to qualify…

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  • The Last Post Crisis Deal? Probably Not – Credit Suisse Whistleblower Post

    … False Claims Act offers whistleblowers huge cash awards for their inside information. Awards as high as 30% of what the government collects from wrongdoers. (Our bank and mortgage company whistleblower clients have already collected $100 million!) The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) also offers big cash awards…

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  • North Carolina Medical Biller Gets 9 Years for Medicaid Fraud!

    … A Greenville, North Carolina medical biller was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud and identity theft charges. Donnie Lee Phillips II will be eligible for early release after 7 years and 8 months. U.S. Senior District Court Judge James Fox also ordered Phillips to serve an additional 3 years…

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