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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.

COVID Fraud a Year on from the Onset of the Pandemic

Posted  02/19/21
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The COVID-19 pandemic has raged across the world over the last year, causing widespread harm both to humanity and the economy. Even in these trying times, fraudsters have not let up and have found ways to exploit the pandemic for personal gain. As we move into the one-year anniversary of the pandemic starting with the United States we look back on the ways programs intended for relief have been exploited, and a few of...

Book Review: “Big Dirty Money: the Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime,” by Jennifer Taub

Posted  02/19/21
By Mary Inman, Alicja Dijakiewicz-Kocon
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The Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Team is pleased to introduce The Whistleblower's Book Shelf, an ongoing series of reviews of books and other media that address fraud and aspects of the whistleblower odyssey.  Please drop us a line if there is anything you would like to see us review! It has become commonplace to see white collar crime cases, committed by big-name corporations and high-profile individuals,...

Catches of the Week: Contractors Abroad Face Liability for Fraud in U.S. Government Contracts

Posted  02/19/21
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This week, we double up on the Catch of the Week, and highlight two actions involving foreign contractors doing business with the U.S. Navy.

French Concrete Contractor Pays $14.5 Million to Resolve Claims of Delivering Substandard Concrete for U.S. Navy Bases in Africa

In the first case, Colas Djibouti, a subsidiary of French contractor Colas, agreed to pay $12.5m to the U.S. government to settle criminal charges,...

Court of Appeals Upholds SEC Denial of Whistleblower Award

Posted  02/18/21
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A whistleblower who was denied an award by the SEC lost his appeal to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, resulting in a rare court opinion addressing the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program. The court agreed with the SEC that the whistleblower, who had reported information regarding Bank of America and argued that he had worked extensively with DOJ, had not shown that he was entitled to a whistleblower award from...

Constantine Cannon continues its commitment to ending abuses in private detention facilities

Posted  02/17/21
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This week, Constantine Cannon is proud to continue its representation as pro bono counsel to Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom for Immigrants in supporting California’s efforts to end the use of private immigration detention facilities in the state.  Last spring, we filed a “friend of the court” brief for these same organizations in the district court in opposition to the Geo...

A Better Approach for Encouraging Would-Be Whistleblowers to Stand Up and Be Heard

Posted  02/17/21
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There is a clear recognition these days that whistleblowers play a critical role in rooting out fraud and misconduct.  That is why Congress has passed an ever-increasing array of legislation aimed at protecting and rewarding whistleblowers. There is the False Claims Act, which rewards and protects whistleblowers who report fraud against the federal government.  A majority of states have passed analogous state...

Operation Brace Yourself Nets $20M Settlement with DME Fraudster

Posted  02/9/21
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This week, the Department of Justice announced it had reached a $20.3 million settlement with a Florida businesswoman who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and filing a false tax return.  The settlement resolved allegations that the woman, Kelly Wolfe, participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare by filling sham prescriptions for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) like back, ankle, knee, and wrist...

Catch of the Week: Roche and Humana Agree to Settle Kickbacks in the Medicare Advantage Program

Posted  02/9/21
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A recent settlement of a whistleblower case might be a sign of things to come for litigation under the False Claims Act (FCA) in the whistleblower program. Pharmaceutical company, Roche, and Medicare Advantage insurer, Humana, have agreed to pay $12.5 million to resolve allegations that the companies violated the anti-kickback statute. This is the first FCA settlement resulting out of a pharmaceutical company...

COVID Frauds of the Week: The DOJ Drumbeat Goes On, with Help from an Investigative Journalist

Posted  02/5/21
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This past week, the drumbeat of government enforcement actions to address rampant fraud in COVID-19 contracts and small business loans continued, with a remarkable assist from an investigative journalist.

An Investigative Journalist Takes a Ride – and Discovers PPE Fraud

In Virginia, Robert S. Stewart, Jr., the founder, and president of an Arlington-based company, ironically named Federal Government Experts LLC,...

Top Ten Tax Recoveries of 2020

Posted  02/5/21
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Tax fraud and tax evasion, unfortunately, continued apace last year.  Yet even in the face of waning tax resources, enforcement authorities chalked up some key wins in 2020. Criminal recoveries tend to dominate the headlines because many of the biggest tax recoveries are not public: the IRS scrupulously protects taxpayer privacy, and no announcements are made for civil tax recoveries.  Thus only those that result...
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