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In Their Own Words. . . .Rice University Political Science Professor Mark Jones

Posted  09/22/23
"[T]he reality is that if you’re a whistleblower, at a very high level you saw a group of well-respected, conscientious whistleblowers go to the FBI only after they were unable to convince their boss that he was engaging in transgressions and the response of all this is that their names get dragged through the mud, they get fired.  The lesson they’re going to draw from it is, 'Why bother?'" From the Texas...

September 11, 2023

Tempoe, LLC has agreed to pay $35 million to 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the CFPB, after an investigation found the Ohio-based consumer finance company misled customers who sought financing at major retailers into believing they were signing up for an installment plan, when in fact they were being locked into expensive leasing agreements with unreasonable return policies.  Tempoe ultimately caused many customers to pay double or triple the original purchase price.  In addition to the monetary penalty, the company has been ordered to release customers from existing lease agreements and be banned from engaging in future leasing activities.  CFPB; DE AG; GA AG; VA AG

CFTC Awards $15 Million to Two Whistleblowers

Posted  09/20/23
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Yesterday (September 19), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced its award of $15 million to two whistleblowers.  Keeping to its commitment of protecting the identity of its whistleblowers, we do not know who the whistleblowers are or the enforcement actions to which the rewards relate.  All we know is the whistleblowers "provided significant information and assistance that led the CFTC to bring...

September 19, 2023

Two whistleblowers who provided significant information and assistance to the CFTC has been awarded over $15 million for aiding in successful enforcement actions.  According to the agency, one whistleblower interpreted key evidence and helped identify new lines of inquiry, while the second whistleblower provided information that launched the investigation, provided a corroborating witness, and provided a declaration in support.  CFTC

SEC Takes a Stand Against Companies Trying to Silence Whistleblowers - AGAIN!

Posted  09/19/23
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Last Friday (September 8), Monolith Resources agreed to pay $225,000 to settle Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges of using employee separation agreements that violated the SEC’s whistleblower protection rules.  It is just the latest in a continuous stream of SEC enforcement actions against companies trying to silence whistleblowers.  Monolith is a clean technology company headquartered in Lincoln,...

September 15, 2023

Navmar Applied Sciences Corp. has agreed to pay $4.4 million to resolve allegations of double billing and improperly shifting costs between contracts, in violation of Federal Acquisition Regulations and the False Claims Act.  While under a series of Navy contracts to manufacture, design, and test emerging intelligence technologies, the company double billed for the same costs on two separate contracts, and improperly shifted costs incurred under some contracts to other contracts.  DOJ

September 14, 2023

Following a multi-year investigation by the State of California, Google has agreed to pay $93 million to resolve allegations of deceiving its users about its collection, storage, and use of their location data.  Google was found to have misled users into believing their location data would not be collected, stored, or used for location-based advertising if they turned off “Location History” in their settings.  CA AG

GAO Highlights Massive Fraud of Government Funds for Unemployment Insurance During COVID Pandemic

Posted  09/14/23
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On September 12, 2023, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report estimating between $100 billion and $135 billion in unemployment insurance fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic (from April 2020 to May 2023).  This represents roughly 11-15% of the total unemployment insurance benefits paid during the pandemic, or as the Washington Post put it, the GAO “found the theft encompassed...

September 13, 2023

Texas-based Oliver Street Dermatology Management LLC, which manages dermatology practices, surgical centers, and pathology labs across the country, has agreed to pay $8.9 million to resolve self-reported violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and False Claims Act.  The company revealed in 2021 that some of its former senior managers had fraudulently increased the purchase price of 11 dermatology practices acquired between 2013 and 2018 in exchange for referrals.  Claims arising from those referrals were found to have been submitted to Medicare.  USAO NDTX
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