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Constantine Cannon Represents the Center for Media and Democracy in new IRS Whistleblower Complaint against American Legislative Exchange Council

Posted  07/20/21
ALEC peddled campaign software to members despite 501(c)(3) status; Seeing illegality, a legislator and ALEC internal whistleblower turned them in
On behalf of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the law firm Constantine Cannon LLP today filed a complaint with the IRS Whistleblower Office against the nonprofit American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), alleging ALEC has brazenly engaged in political campaign...

Catch of the Week: Florida Department of Children and Families Pays $17.5 Million to Resolve Alleged SNAP Fraud

Posted  07/16/21
united states currency rolls
The Florida Department of Children and Families (FDCF) has agreed to pay $17,500,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Program

The SNAP program provides eligible low-income individuals and families with financial assistance to buy nutritious food. Since 2010, SNAP has served on average more than 45 million...

Fifth Circuit Affirms Government Dismissal Of Cases Brought By Corporate Whistleblower

Posted  07/16/21
By Leah Judge
gavel on bench
Last week, a three-judge panel of the Court of the Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sided with the government in its bid to dismiss a whistleblower case brought by a limited liability company against pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Bayer.  The case offers another example of the government flexing its dismissal power in the wake of the Granston Memo, a 2018 Department of Justice directive to winnow False Claims Act...

July 16, 2021

Florida Neurological Center, LLC and its owner Dr. Lance Kim have agreed to settle a whistleblower-brought suit and pay $800,000 to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare.  The qui tam suit by Michael Singbush, Andrea Herrera, and Harvey Kessler Meyer, IV alleged that Dr. Kim prescribed medically unnecessary prescription drugs, which cost Medicare $35,000 each time it was prescribed.  For their role in the successful enforcement action, the whistleblowers will share in a $144,000 award.  USAO MDFL

July 16, 2021

New Jersey-based Environmental Safety International Inc. (ESI), its co-owners Joseph and Sean Carney, and its telemarketer Raymond Carney, have agreed to pay $1.66 million of a suspended $10.2 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations of violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) in millions of unlawful telemarketing calls to sell septic tank cleaning products.  According to the DOJ, the defendants directed the calls to numbers on the National Do-Not-Call Registry, failed to disclose the seller’s identity, and threatened customers with legal action or debt collection if they failed to pay.  As part of the settlement, ESI will be dissolved and the individual defendants are barred from participating in further telemarketing activities.  DOJ

July 14, 2021

Diesel Direct, LLC of Stoughton, Massachusetts will pay $850,000 to resolve claims brought in a qui tam action alleging that the company knowingly delivered nonconforming petroleum diesel fuel to state agencies while charging for a higher-priced and more environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel; improperly charged state agencies a federal fuel excise tax; and failed to comply with the state's Supplier Diversity Program requiring spending with women-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. Mass

July 14, 2021

Following a lawsuit filed by the FTC in 2018, online lender LendingClub has agreed to pay $18 million to settle claims of deceiving consumers about hidden fees, misrepresenting consumers’ approvals for loans, and withdrawing money from consumer bank accounts without authorization.  In addition to the monetary penalty, LendingClub is now required to clearly and conspicuously disclose all fees, as well as the total amount of funds being borrowed.  FTC

July 13, 2021

A subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) has agreed to pay $97 million in restitution and make significant reforms to settle charges for making misleading statements and failing to disclose conflicts of interests to tens of thousands of customers.  Between 2012 and 2018, advisors with TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services LLC (TC Services) pressured customers—many of them teachers and public sector employees—to move their investments from low-cost employer-sponsored retirement plans to higher-cost individually-managed accounts, which generated hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for TIAA.  NY AG; SEC

What Maryland can Learn from the IRS on the State’s New Tax Program: Ari Yampolsky and Michael Ronickher in the Washington Post

Posted  07/13/21
Headshots of whistleblower attorneys Michael Ronickher and Ari Yampolsky
Opening with the warning “tax cheats beware,” Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys Ari Yampolsky and Michael Ronickher published an opinion piece in the Washington Post detailing the provisions of Maryland’s new tax whistleblower reward program, which covers state and county tax fraud and underpayments. While New York has long allowed whistleblowers to use its state False Claims Act to bring tax claims,...
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