October 1, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside — October 1, 2015

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Secret Service leaks file on Congressman after he criticizes agency – Homeland Security’s watchdog said that several Secret Service employees accessed Representative Jason Chaffetz’s restricted personnel file, and at least one person leaked information about it, after he criticized the agency for misconduct and security flubs.  Washington Post

HSBC whistleblower refuses to face criminal charges – Herve Falciani, the whistleblower who exposed how the bank helped clients, including drug dealers and arms sellers, evade taxes and launder money, will not appear in a Switzerland court to face charges of espionage and bank secrecy law violations.  Bloomberg

Broward Health settles False Claims Act case for $69.5 million – The payment settles a whistleblower lawsuit claiming the hospital made illegal payments to doctors through a covert system of rewards for patient referrals and penalties when they took on charity cases.  Miami Times

Hospital self-reports False Claims Act violations; gets $4 million deal – St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware reached the settlement after it volunteered information to the Justice Department showing the hospital had improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid.  USAO – DD

Siemens CFO guilty of $100 million bribery conspiracy – Andres Truppel, the former chief financial officer for Siemens Argentina, pled guilty to a bribery scheme in which he paid bribes to Argentine officials in exchange for a $1 billion contract in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  USAO – SDNY

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