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June 23, 2017

Pharmacy Charged with Defrauding United States Over Distribution of Under and Over Potent Drugs

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

The owner and director of compliance of an Indiana compounding pharmacy were charged criminally in connection with their distribution of over- and under-potent drugs, and defrauding the United States by interfering with and obstructing the lawful functions of the FDA.

Paul J. Elmer, 64, of Fishers, Indiana, and Caprice R. Bearden, 62, of Carmel, Indiana, were charged in a 10-count indictment with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, three counts of distributing an adulterated drug in interstate commerce and six counts of adulterating drugs while held for sale after shipment of a drug component in interstate commerce. click here for more »

June 23, 2017

In Their Own Words — Gottlieb

“Companies that do not meet federal manufacturing standards, especially when dealing with highly potent drugs like fentanyl meant for vulnerable populations, put the health and safety of American consumers at great risk.  The FDA and our Office of Criminal Investigations will continue to pursue and help bring to justice those companies who put the public health at risk.”

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commenting on the FDA’s enforcement of federal manufacturing standards in connection with arrests in the Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals Inc. case. Click here for more.

June 23, 2017

Whistleblower News From The Inside — June 23, 2017

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Australia to adopt US-style whistleblower laws? — Australia’s Financial Services Minister Kelly O’Dwye is considering the introduction of a “US bounty-style reward system as an incentive for whistleblowers,” among other measures. The minister was inspired by US laws that allow workers to be rewarded if the whistleblowing results in a successful prosecution. ABC Australia

India’s Infosys says investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing — India’s Infosys said an investigation it commissioned had found no evidence of wrongdoing in accusations by an anonymous whistleblower, releasing the findings a day before it holds its annual shareholders meeting.  The accusations included improprieties in the acquisitions of Panaya Inc, a New Jersey-based provider of automation technology, and Skava, a Silicon Valley e-commerce startup, as well as allegations of inappropriate compensation paid to Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka. NYT

New VA bill expected to be signed today — The “VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017” makes permanent an office established earlier this year to look into claims made by whistleblowers and to protect them from retaliation.  It also shortens the timeframes allowed for employee appeals of disciplinary actions and mandates that courts reviewing the actions uphold them if there is “substantial evidence” they are warranted. USA Today

June 22, 2017

Republicans’ Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Hit Rural Patients Hard

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Rural hospitals are struggling. March 2017 research by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program revealed that since 2010, 78 rural hospitals have ceased providing inpatient care. Since March, that number has risen to 79, with nearly 700 more at risk of closing. Most closures were in the South, hitting Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi the hardest. Most of the at-risk facilities serve an older, poorer, and sicker population than the average American hospital, and, unsurprisingly, rely heavily on Medicaid funding.

The GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) would cut Medicaid—the public insurance program for roughly 69 million low-income families, children and elderly Americans, as well as people with disabilities—by as much as $834 billion. We’ve previously covered the anticipated fallout of the AHCA in terms of the projected total number of insured Americans (23 million) and the impact on individual insurance markets in certain states (potential destabilization). Cuts to Medicaid also feature in President Trump’s latest budget proposal, to the tune of an additional $610 billion. click here for more »

June 22, 2017

Whistleblower News From The Inside — June 22, 2017

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Govt. whistleblower: Refusing to participate in theft cover-up led to ouster – Aleta Busselman said she was ousted from management at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) near Hanford, Washington after failing to go along with lab superiors who wanted her to cover up a mistake that cost the federal government more than a half million dollars. K5 News Washington

Iowa DME store owner pays $900K in FCA guilty plea – Iowa DME vendor owner James O’Connor pled guilty to allegations he overbilled Medicare and Medicaid and provided the DOJ a false letter of medical necessity in response to a Civil Investigative Demand made during an FCA investigation. The case was brought by a whistleblower, who will receive $224K. USAO Northern District of Iowa

UK’s Kettering General Hospital whistleblower resigns as governor – Kettering General Hospital Trust governor David Phelan—who alleged that patients were removed from the hospital’s waiting lists to “fiddle” the system and disguise the fact that national targets were being missed—has resigned from his position as a governor. BBC

June 21, 2017

Question of the Week — Does Partisan Gerrymandering Violate the Constitution?

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

The Supreme Court recently announced a significant decision—without actually issuing a judgement. Earlier this week, the justices revealed that they will consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution. While there is notable case law prohibiting racial gerrymanders, the Supreme Court has never disallowed an electoral map because of partisan gerrymandering.

The case the Court will consider is an appeal from a federal court decision that struck down the Wisconsin State Assembly legislative map for unfairly favoring Republicans. News reports indicate that this is the first such ruling on unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering in three decades. Wendy Weiser, the director of the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, stressed the importance of the Supreme Court’s decision to take on such a case, as “a historic opportunity to address one of the biggest problems facing our electoral system. Gerrymandering has become so aggressive, extreme, and effective that there is an urgent need for the Supreme Court to finally step in and set boundaries.” click here for more »

June 21, 2017

Karen Handel Defeats John Ossoff in Georgia Special Election

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

In an election widely viewed as a referendum on the Trump presidency, Republican Karen Handel has defeated Democrat John Ossoff in a bid to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District. Out-of-state interests from both sides of the political spectrum spent millions of dollars on the House race, the most expensive in U.S. history.

Although Handel garnered less than 20% of the vote in the April primary, Republicans rallied to give her 52.6% percent of the runoff vote on Tuesday.  Nonetheless, the victory is bittersweet for Republicans who, until recently, had little reason to doubt their control over the Sixth District.  In 2016, the District’s voters chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton by 1.5 points, despite delivering double-digit margins of victory for Republican candidates in the prior four Presidential elections. click here for more »

June 21, 2017

Whistleblower News From The Inside — June 21, 2017

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Whistleblower suit: Ousted Louisville Metro Police major demoted as retaliation.  A Kentucky police officer has sued his former employer, alleging that he was demoted in retaliation for reporting concerns of departmental mismanagement directly to the Louisville Metro Council. The Courier-Journal 

The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Holds Meeting on Passage of Whistleblower, Witness Protection Law — The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission is holding a one-day colloquium to urge the passage of a draft bill designed to provide legal protections for whistleblowers.  The bill was drafted following a regional summit last year where all members of the Economic Community of West African States were urged to implement such legislation. AllAfrica.com 

Not your average Fed: New South Florida ATF chief is whistleblower, has exonerated several prisoners.  Peter Forcelli, who was recently became the special agent-in-charge of the South Florida ATF, became a whistleblower in 2011 when he testified before Congress about the infamous “Operation Fast and Furious.” The Sun-Sentinel

June 20, 2017

In Their Own Words –Einstein

— “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

Albert Einstein

June 20, 2017

Barclays Charged With Fraud

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

As reported in the NYTimes, CNN, and other news outlets.

Barclays, its former chief executive and three other former senior managers were criminally charged on Tuesday over agreements the bank struck with Qatar as it sought to avoid a government bailout during the 2008 global financial crisis.

The executives charged include former CEO John Varley and Roger Jenkins, Barclays’ former head of investment banking in the Middle East. The pair also face a second charge of conspiracy to commit fraud over an October 2008 deal with a group of Qatari investors. click here for more »