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2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Joel Clement

Posted  12/22/17
 By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This "Whistleblower Spotlight" features Joel Clement, a scientist and former director of the Interior Department’s Office of Policy Analysis, who was reassigned last summer to an Interior Department accounting office after blowing the whistle on climate change.  Clement believes he was retaliated against for speaking about the dangers climate change poses to Alaskan Native...

Smuggled King Cobras, Albino Turtles Intercepted by US Authorities

Posted  07/27/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is handling the prosecution of 34-year-old Rodrigo Franco, who was arrested earlier this week on charges he illegally imported protected and dangerous animals into the United States in violation of federal anti-smuggling laws and the Endangered Species Act. The live animals, shipped from Hong Kong,...

Fraudsters of The Week -- Fred Witmer and Gary Jury, Indiana Executives Convicted of Biofuel Fraud

Posted  07/21/17
This week, a judge sentenced two biodiesel executives to several years in prison for defrauding the federal government’s renewable fuel support and tax credit programs. Fred Witmer and Gary Jury are the co-owners of Indiana-based Triton Energy LLC, a company that purported to produce and sell biofuel for use in transportation.  Instead, the two men used Triton to orchestrate a scheme to fraudulently produce...

Interview with 2016 Whistleblower of the Year LeeAnne Walters — Part II

Posted  05/22/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is Part II of our interview with Whistleblower Insider’s 2016 Whistleblower of the Year winner — LeeAnne Walters.  After seeing her own children poisoned by the lead in Flint’s water, Walters decided she had to take a stand.  Since then, Ms. Walters has worked tirelessly to draw attention to the public-health crisis in Flint.  Here is how Ms. Walters details...

Energy Department Whistleblower Finally Gets Justice

Posted  03/24/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Sandra Black did the right thing — and was fired.  As a highly rated and decorated employee-concerns manager at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Black was a channel for staffers to report safety, management and other issues at the nuclear storage complex in South Carolina.  But she found some of her reports were rejected by managers more interested in cover-ups.  She blew...

Volkswagen Pleads Guilty in Diesel Emissions Scandal

Posted  03/10/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Volkswagen pleaded guilty today to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as part of a $4.3 billion settlement reached with the U.S. Justice Department in January over the automaker's diesel emissions scandal.  It comes as the automaker strives to put the most expensive ever auto industry scandal behind it. The September 2015 disclosure that VW intentionally...

Scientists Predict Volkswagen Emissions Fraud will have Life and Death Consequences

Posted  03/7/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team According to a report in the New York Times, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die prematurely -- each losing as much as a decade of life -- because of excess emissions resulting from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. And that is just from the 2.6 million affected cars sold in Germany alone. The full range of...

In Their Own Words -- Ruch

Posted  01/25/17

-- “We’re watching the dark cloud of Mordor extend over federal service.” 

Jeff Ruch, Executive Director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on the Trump administration’s temporary media blackout at the EPA.

Top-10 DOJ Environmental Fraud Settlements For 2016

Posted  01/4/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Here is our look-back at the top-10 Department of Justice environmental fraud settlements for 2016.  Click here for a full chronological listing of all DOJ fraud settlements for 2016.
  1. Rutgers Organics Corporation -- The company agreed to pay an estimated $19 million to complete the cleanup of the Nease Chemical Superfund Site near Salem, Ohio.  DOJ  
 
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2016 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate — Standing Rock Whistleblower Shailene Woodley

Posted  12/21/16
By Philip Brown This “Whistleblower Spotlight” features Standing Rock whistleblower Shailene Woodley, one of our candidates for 2016 Whistleblower of the Year. Actress Shailene Woodley—best known for her starring roles in the Divergent series and The Secret Life of the American Teenager—helped to bring awareness to the harsh treatment that Dakota Access Pipeline protesters have experienced at the Standing...