September 24, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside — September 24, 2015

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Report:  Fraud could be costing England’s National Health Service £5.7 billion ($8.7 billion) a year – A report by the NHS’s former anti-fraud boss highlighted schemes by pharmacists, dentists, doctors, and patients in the areas of procurement, prescriptions, registration of patients and payroll.  The report estimated the level of fraud is likely between £3.7bn and £5.7bn a year, out of a budget of more than £110bn.  BBC

Cybersecurity whistleblowers face retaliation – Major data breaches damage a company’s reputation and put clients and customers at risk.  So how do companies treat employees who give them a heads-up before a cyber-security threat becomes a reality?  Not well.  Internal whistleblowers often face retaliation from the company they were trying to protect.  And many times, the employees don’t know that the law protects them.  CIO

U.S. Government tells New Zealand court that Kim Dotcom case is “simple fraud” – The United States continues its efforts to extradite internet entrepreneur and founder of the now-defunct website Megaupload for his part in a scheme to steal copyright-protected material.  The Guardian

DOJ criminal chief to corporate wrongdoers:  Want cooperation credit?  Here’s how to get it. – DOJ’s new focus on holding individuals responsible for corporate criminal conduct—rather than prosecuting the corporate entity—paves a new road for companies that seek credit for cooperating with the government’s investigation, DOJ criminal boss Leslie Caldwell said in a recent speech.  Companies wanting cooperation credit “must affirmatively work to identify and discover relevant information about culpable individuals through independent, thorough investigations.”  And while “a company cannot provide what it does not have,” Caldwell warned, DOJ will “scrutinize and test a company’s claims that it could not identify or uncover evidence regarding the culpable individuals, particularly if we are able to do so ourselves.”  DOJ

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