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Catch of the Week — Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines

Posted  06/7/19
plastic waste dumped on ocean beach
Carnival Cruise Lines and subsidiary Princess will pay $20 million in criminal penalties for environmental transgressions and violations of probation. Princess and parent Carnival are just over two years into a five-year probation term that stems from Princess’s April 2017 felony conviction for deliberately dumping oil-contaminated wastewater into the open ocean and then engaging in an intentional coverup of its...

Catch of the Week — Bosch Fined $100 Million Over Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal

Posted  05/23/19
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German prosecutors fined Bosch $100 million for its role in the 2015 Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The fine was imposed for negligent violation of supervisory obligations resulting from the use of Bosch software to mask illegal pollution levels in diesel-engine vehicles. Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, developed the engine management control software used to provide emissions testers with...

Maryland State Senate Introduces a Bill to Establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/15/19
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In a time of increasing concern about climate change and environmental destruction, one state is ramping up efforts to conserve natural resources and encourage everyday citizens to join the fight. Just last week, the Maryland State Senate introduced a bill to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program to assist enforcement activities related to the protection of state parks, water, forests, and land. The...

WATCH THIS SPACE: DOJ and DOE Call Out Lockheed Martin for Self-Dealing at Hanford Plutonium Site

Posted  02/15/19
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The nation’s largest toxic cleanup site has suffered another setback, this time not in the cleanup itself but in alleged self-dealing, corruption, kickbacks, and lies, costing taxpayers over $60M, according to a complaint filed by DOJ against Mission Support Alliance, Lockheed Martin Services (and a subsidiary), and Jorge Francisco Armijo. The Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state made plutonium for...

Top Ten Environmental Fraud Settlements for 2018

Posted  01/24/19
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Our environment, natural resources, energy resources, and wildlife are subject to numerous laws and government programs that can give rise to fraudulent activity. Here is our look-back at the top 10 environmental fraud recoveries for 2018. Our 2016 and 2017 lists are also available on the Whistleblower Insider blog.
  1. International Automated Systems and RaPower-3 – In October 2018, a federal court in Utah...

Executives of Company with Ties to Polygamous Church Indicted for Over $500 Million in False Claims for Renewable Fuel Tax Credits

Posted  08/29/18
Tax Fraud
On Friday, August 24th, DOJ announced that three individuals had been indicted by a grand jury in Utah for filing false claims for over $500 million in renewable fuel tax credits on behalf of Washakie Renewable Energy. Washakie is associated with the Kingston Group, a Utah-based polygamous church with fundamentalist Mormon beliefs, that has previously paid $3 million to the EPA for falsely claiming to have produced...

Massachusetts Fishing Company to Pay for Oil Pollution Discharges

Posted  05/8/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Massachusetts-based Challenge Fisheries and Quinn Fisheries agreed to pay $414,000 in civil penalties and perform fleet-wide improvements to resolve charges of violating the Clean Water Act stemming from fuel oil discharges in New Bedford Harbor and coastal waters off of southeastern New England. See DOJ Press Release. According to the government, the company was responsible...

Whistleblower Alleges Facebook Aided Wildlife Trafficking

Posted  04/12/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team According to a whistleblower, Facebook profited from the trafficking of endangered species and failed to stop criminal activity linking it to the illegal wildlife trade that allegedly took place on its platform. Facebook was displaying ads tied to unnamed “American corporations” on pages linked to traffickers known to trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, bear claws, and tiger...

Thai Police Arrest Suspected Ring Leader of Wildlife Trafficking Syndicate

Posted  01/25/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Boonchai Bach, who is suspect of fueling Asia’s illegal wildlife trade for the better part of a decade, was arrested last week in connection with the smuggling of 14 rhino horns from Africa to Thailand. This arrest stemmed from the detention of a government official at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, along with a Chinese smuggler and a Vietnamese courier, transporting the...

Top-10 DOJ Environmental Fraud Settlements for 2017

Posted  01/18/18

Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice environmental fraud settlements for 2017.  Click here for a full chronological listing of all DOJ fraud settlements for 2017.

  1. Volkswagen AG -- The German auto maker agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company’s long-running scheme to...