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Whistleblower Insider Blog

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.

America’s Whistleblower Programs are a Beacon for International Whistleblowers

Posted  09/28/22
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Jury Finds Eli Lilly Cheated Medicaid in Case Highlighting Legal Battle Over False Claims Act Intent Standard

Posted  09/6/22
By Marlene Koury, Leah Judge
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Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Marlene Koury and Leah Judge were published in Law360 on the verdict in favor of a whistleblower against Eli Lilly, and what that case says about legal developments in the interpretation of the False Claims Act since the Seventh Circuit’s SuperValu decision. This post is an adaptation of that article.
In August, a Chicago jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...

Telehealth Boomed During the Pandemic - and so Did Telehealth Fraud

Posted  08/24/22
By Hallie Noecker, Max Voldman
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Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was basically nonexistent, with one study clocking the percentage of “virtual” doctors’ visits before Covid-19 at zero percent. At the time, America’s largest insurer, Medicare, only covered telemedicine in limited circumstances that usually still involved a visit to a healthcare facility. Medicare’s coverage limitations demonstrated the Department of Health and Human...

Channeling the Inner Whistleblower in Jerry Garcia on His 80th Birthday

Posted  08/1/22
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It has been more than 25 years since he left us all too soon.  But the life and legend, and most importantly, the music of Jerry Garcia and his Grateful Dead band live on.  As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of his birth (August 1, 1942), it is the perfect time to reflect on what this master musician accomplished and the impact he continues to have on so many of us today. For some, he represents a musical role...

Constantine Cannon Partner Gordon Schnell Published in Star Tribune on the Importance of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Posted  08/1/22
By Gordon Schnell
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Last Saturday, July 30, 2022 was National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.  While there was not a lot of media attention on the event, the Star Tribune published a commentary by Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Partner Gordon Schnell on why the Day is so important and deserves so much more attention than it ever receives. As Schnell writes, the Day is not "just another made-up holiday to celebrate the peculiar...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Explain How the Recent Conviction of Theranos COO Sunny Balwani Underlines the Need to Expand Whistleblower Rewards Programs

Posted  07/29/22
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As Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman explain in Fortune, the Balwani conviction closed a chapter that began several years ago when whistleblowers at the company reported to the press and authorities what they saw as something very wrong in Elizabeth Holmes’ biotech startup.  They followed a path many whistleblowers have taken, risking their own careers and livelihoods, to stop what they saw as serious fraud and...
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