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Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated regularly to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.

SEC Keeps Crypto Fraud in Its Sights Through Expanded Enforcement Team

Posted  05/4/22
The SEC announced on May 3 that it was dramatically expanding its Cyber Unit and renaming the team the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit.  The newly enlarged team will now include fully 50 enforcement personnel. The expanded team shows that the SEC is continuing to see crypto fraud as a major enforcement priority.  As the number of digital currencies continue to grow and the increasing number of new investors in the...

Stericycle Pays More than $84 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

Posted  04/26/22
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Last Wednesday, Illinois-based waste management company Stericycle Inc. agreed to pay more than $84 million to settle foreign bribery charges brought in parallel by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and authorities in Brazil. The charges centered around payments Stericycle made to foreign officials in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina to secure government contracts in those...

DOJ Ramps Up Enforcement Against COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  04/25/22
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Even as mask restrictions are being relaxed in most parts of the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its oversight of federal funds spent to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  Just last week, DOJ announced criminal charges against 21 defendants in nine federal districts for their alleged participation in COVID-19 fraud schemes that resulted in over $149 million in false billings to federal programs. 

How Congress and the IRS Can Fulfill the Promise of the Tax Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/21/22
Constantine Cannon whistleblower partner Michael Ronickher wrote on the Taxpayers Against Fraud blog about three key changes the IRS could make to help its whistleblower program reach its full potential. The program, which provides rewards of 15-30% of the funds collected by the IRS because of a tip, is undeniably important. As Mike wrote, “Since 2007, the IRS has recovered $6.14 billion based on information from...

Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman Published in Newsweek on How Whistleblowers are Key to Reining in Prescription Drug Costs

Posted  04/21/22
Newsweek published an OpEd by Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman on the need to expand the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to Medicare.  The piece was prompted by DOJ's recent $235 million settlement with U.K. and St. Louis-based pharma company Mallinckrodt for allegedly violating the Medicaid rebate rule. On the books since 1990, the rule requires drug companies to rebate state...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Practice Group 2021 Roundup: Another Banner Year

Posted  04/21/22
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2021 was another banner year for Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower practice group, with three historic whistleblower successes, including the first-ever award under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act. This string of successes follows the firm's record-shattering 2020 year where our whistleblower team secured blockbuster settlements that recovered more than $600 million for the government and roughly $115...

TriMark Settlement Highlights Fraud in Set-Aside Programs

Posted  03/1/22
In a settlement that DOJ has touted as “the largest-ever False Claims Act recovery based on allegations of small business contracting fraud,” food services equipment supplier TriMark USA agreed to pay $48.5 million to resolve allegations that its subsidiaries used front companies owned by service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) to secure federal set-aside contracts.  While TriMark made it appear...

As Whistleblowers and Quality Care Advocates, Hospitalists are the Conscience of Healthcare

Posted  02/28/22
By Mary Inman, Ari Yampolsky
Thursday, March 3, 2022 is National Hospitalist Day, a day we recognize the contributions of the specialist care doctors and other professionals who provide quality care to sick and vulnerable patients in a hospital.  As the fastest growing specialty in modern medicine, hospitalists are a critical part of the nation’s health care service delivery system. Less noted but no less important, hospitalists also play a...

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Strengthen Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/22/22
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The SEC recently announced proposed changes to its whistleblower program that would strengthen it for the years to come.  The proposals would roll back two controversial rule amendments that the SEC adopted in 2020, which significantly increased the uncertainty facing would-be whistleblowers.  Below we discuss the pros and cons of these new proposals, which would improve that status quo but have issues of their...

Top 5 Reasons Why Nurses Make Great Whistleblowers

Posted  02/22/22
By Edward Baker
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Nurses are rightly getting a lot of attention lately for the courageous and essential role they are playing on the front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Whether in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, or as home health workers, nurses are finally “learning what they are worth,” even as private equity firms seek to profit from nurses’ increased wage-earning power.  As reported by STAT, Congress is now...
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