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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 and DOJ Charge former Roadrunner CFO with Accounting Fraud

Posted  04/5/19
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On April 3, the SEC and DOJ both announced charges against Peter Armbruster, former CFO of Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc., for allegedly participating in a securities and accounting fraud scheme that lost Roadrunner shareholders over $245 million. According to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, Armbruster and his co-conspirators “used sham accounting entries, misstated accounts, and other means to...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Weighs in on UK Financial Watchdog’s Whistleblower Team

Posted  04/4/19
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Constantine Cannon attorney Mary Inman recently weighed in on the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority’s leanly staffed whistleblower office, which employs seven individuals and runs on less money than the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) provides its chief executive in annual salary. In contrast, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employs 21 people in its Office of the Whistleblower, which not only evaluates...

Constantine Cannon Attorney Harry Litman Published in the Washington Post on Why Whistleblowers Need Protection

Posted  04/4/19
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Constantine Cannon attorney Harry Litman published an article in the Washington Post describing Tricia Newbold’s reporting of numerous failures in the White House security clearance process and the subsequent backlash. Litman emphasized the indispensable role whistleblowers play in uncovering fraud and returning government funds. Highlighting the doggedness, integrity and stamina–guts–required to become a...

Question of the Week — Should the Supreme Court Clarify Escobar?

Posted  04/4/19
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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court declined to hear appeals in two False Claims Act (FCA) cases: U.S. ex rel. Berg v. Honeywell Int’l and Stephens Inst. v. U.S. ex rel. Rose. Each case was dismissed by a lower court based on the FCA’s materiality standard, with heavy citations to the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision Universal Health Servs. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar. Berg and Rose are the fourth and fifth...

Two JP Morgan Whistleblowers Awarded Third-Largest Single SEC Award

Posted  03/29/19
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Earlier this week, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission announced that two whistleblowers were awarded a combined $50 million for reporting securities fraud at JP Morgan. The anonymous whistleblowers, one of whom was described by his attorney as a “JP Morgan executive,” triggered the agency’s investigation and enforcement against the bank for failing to disclose to clients that the bank preferred to invest...

Duke Pays Big to Settle Whistleblower Charges of Scientific Research Fraud

Posted  03/28/19
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On Monday, Duke University agreed to pay $112.5 million to settle charges in violating the False Claims Act by submitting falsified research on federal grants from the National Institutes of Health and Environmental Protection Agency. It is one of the largest settlements by a university for research fraud, and one the government hopes will send a strong message to the academic community. See DOJ Press...

Baltimore-Area Hospital Chain Pays $35M to Settle Kickback Claims

Posted  03/28/19
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MedStar Health, a health system in Maryland and Washington, DC, and two of its hospitals have settled allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by violating the Anti-Kickback Statute. The settlement is not a determination of liability. It settles specific allegations that MedStar paid kickbacks to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates, a cardiology group based in Maryland, in exchange for...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Gordon Schnell and Leah Judge Published in McKnight’s Senior Living on the DOJ's Recent Elder Fraud Sweep

Posted  03/27/19
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Constantine Cannon attorneys Gordon Schnell and Leah Judge published an article in McKnight’s Senior Living discussing the Department of Justice’s recent elder fraud sweepThe sweep involved more than 260 million defendants nationwide who were accused of running scams to fleece the elderly out of nearly $750 million. The article explains that the sweep is part of a broader agenda to enforce laws that protect...

2018 Whistleblower of the Year Interview Part II — Siobhan O'Connor

Posted  03/27/19
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Here is Part II of our interview with Whistleblower Insider’s 2018 Whistleblower of the Year Siobhan O’Connor. Siobhan O’Connor was a devout, lifelong Catholic when she landed her dream job as the executive assistant to Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo. In her own words, she was “overjoyed” to be working for her “beloved Church.” But the job “went from a dream to a nightmare in about...

Annual 2018 IRS Whistleblower Program Report

Posted  03/25/19
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Tax whistleblowers and those who believe that no one should be able to lie, cheat, or buy their way out of paying their tax bills got some good news in the IRS Whistleblower Office’s report last month on the 2018 fiscal year. Notably, the IRS issued 217 whistleblower awards totaling over $312 million, a nearly tenfold increase over the prior year. That’s an enormous shot in the arm for what should be a highly...
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