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America’s Whistleblower Programs are a Beacon for International Whistleblowers

Posted  09/28/22
Global Map
Constantine Cannon whistleblower partner Mary Inman and associate Liz Soltan wrote a guest post for the Taxpayers Against Fraud blog about the role of international whistleblowers in providing an increasing number of tips under the various American whistleblower reward programs. The U.S. leads the world in enlisting whistleblowers as force-multipliers to help law enforcement and regulators detect and root out fraud...

Whistleblower Rules of the Road

Posted  09/27/22
Busy Highway
Whistleblower associate Liz Soltan wrote on the Taxpayers Against Fraud blog about the need for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s whistleblower program to keep up with innovation in the auto industry. The NHTSA whistleblower program offers awards to auto industry insiders who blow the whistle on safety problems with motor vehicles. Constantine Cannon represented Kim Gwang-ho, who lives in...

The Scale of Crypto Fraud

Posted  09/27/22
Hundred Dollars Bills and Crypto Coins
Whistleblower associate Liz Soltan, along with Alex Cala of Taxpayers Against Fraud, recently wrote about the massive scale of cryptocurrency fraud on the TAF blog. As use of crypto has increased, so too have scams. Between Jan. 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022, over 46,000 people made reports to the FTC about losing money in crypto fraud, with losses totaling over $1 billion. And that’s just victims who chose to make...

Book Review: "Money Men," by Dan McCrum

Posted  09/23/22
By Mary Inman, Alicja Dijakiewicz-Kocon
Whistleblower Bookshelf Money Men by Dan McCrum-2
When in 2014, Dan McCrum, a bank analyst turned investigative journalist, received a tip about “German gangsters” running a company that advertised itself as the German PayPal, he could not have imagined that his reporting would allow him to expose the biggest corporate scandal in post-war Germany. Although McCrum’s book, Money Men may read like a gripping crime drama, it is a meticulously-documented...

Crypto projects are toying with public funds. The False Claims Act will be a powerful tool in holding them to account

Posted  09/21/22
cryptocurrency and stocks
Last month, the Fairfax County Retirement System shared that they will be putting $70 million of their $6.8 billion fund into two crypto yield farming funds. In other words, pension money that allows teachers, firefighters, and police officers to retire will be invested into volatile digital tokens known as yield-farming projects. Yield-farming projects offer yields that are significantly higher than those...

September 12, 2022

Two cigarette companies, Canada-based Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd., and its wholesaler, New York-based Native Wholesale Supply Company, Inc., have agreed to pay $50 million and follow corrective measures to resolve charges of evading New York state taxes.  According to the AG, Grand River—which manufactures Couture, Opal, and Seneca cigarettes—knew that its distributor, Native Wholesale, was not licensed to distribute or sell cigarettes in the state, and thus their cigarettes would not be taxed or stamped in accordance with state law, making their prices artificially lower and more accessible to young consumers.  NY AG

September 12, 2022

A man who operated a Ponzi scheme that procured over $5 million from victims in Puerto Rico and the continental U.S. has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $2 million in restitution to 46 victims.  Carlos Maldonado was found to have misrepresented his companies as legitimate businesses, and failed to disclose to investors that their funds would be used for his own purposes, including buying and trading stocks on his personal accounts, and paying off personal auto loans payments.  USAO PR

September 9, 2022

Daniel Pintado Cazola, the true owner of durable medical equipment company Myers Professional Services, has been sentenced to over 7 years in prison for defrauding Medicare and Medicaid and going to great extents to conceal his connection to the crimes.  Pintado Cazola admitted that he purchased lists of Medicare beneficiaries and directed employees to submit over $2.3 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid for durable medical equipment that was not medically necessary, not prescribed by a doctor, and not supplied to a beneficiary.  USAO SDFL
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