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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.

Want to Fix the Trillion Dollar Tax Gap? How Whistleblowers Can Help

Posted  04/23/21
Earlier this month, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles P. Rettig testified before the Senate Finance Committee, addressing the 2021 filing season and the “21st Century IRS.”  At the hearing, Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) raised the topic of the tax gap, referring to the difference between the total taxes that are legally owed, and the total taxes that are paid by individuals and entities. ...

Catch of the Week: Final Merida Hospice Fraudster Sentenced in $150 Million Scheme

Posted  04/23/21
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Jose Garza, the former operations manager of Merida Group, a Texas-based hospice, and home health chain, just landed a 27-month prison sentence for his role in a $150 million hospice fraud scheme. Garza is the latest to receive a sentence in connection with the decade-long Merida Group scheme, which saw people with long-term illnesses falsely told they would die soon, while executives at the company pocketed millions...

Catch of the Week: Telemarketer Gets 10 Years in $3.3 Million Telemedicine and Genetic Testing Fraud Scheme

Posted  04/16/21
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Ivan Andre Scott, a 36-year-old Florida man, just landed a 10-year prison sentence for organizing a $3.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving two of the hottest healthcare trends – telemedicine and genetic testing to assess the likelihood of future cancer. The conspiracy targeted vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries for pricey cancer screening genetic tests, prosecutors said. Claims for these tests were falsely...

Jane Norberg Steps Down After Landmark Run As SEC Whistleblower Chief

Posted  04/16/21
Securities and Exchange Commission Decisions and Reports Book Volumes
Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower, will step down this month after five groundbreaking years.  Norberg played a pivotal role in shaping the SEC Whistleblower Program into a model for how empowering whistleblowers can revolutionize government enforcement.  Her tenure brought record payouts to whistleblowers, a streamlined award process, and a firm stand against any attacks on the public’s...

As SEC Whistleblower Chief Norberg Moves On, the Agency Reinforces Its Warm Embrace of Whistleblowers

Posted  04/16/21
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With the SEC's recent announcement that Jane Norberg will be stepping down this month as the head of the SEC Whistleblower Office, the agency is losing one of its greatest whistleblower champions.  As the agency so prominently reported, the Whistleblower Program under Norberg's tenure made roughly $650 million in whistleblower awards and reached a host of other milestones.  This included nine of the Top-10 awards in...

Catch of the Week: Fraud Behind the Silver Screen

Posted  04/9/21
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This week the SEC announced that it obtained an emergency asset freeze in an enforcement action against L.A.-based actor Zachary Horwitz and his company 1nMM Capital, LLC for allegedly running a $690 million Ponzi scheme.  In its complaint, the SEC claimed Horowitz’s recent actions threatened to dissipate the remaining investor funds in his possession. While this story is still technically “mid-catch,” the...

Why FinCEN Should Quickly Establish Regulations for the New AML Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/9/21
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The nascent AML whistleblower program promises to boost enforcement in a difficult area, but FinCEN must swiftly develop regulations to ensure that it launches the program in the most robust way possible. Created by the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA), passed as part of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the program went into immediate effect.  Motivated by retaliation protections and the...

Wall Street Journal features Constantine Cannon Client on NHTSA's Failure in Drafting a Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/9/21
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This week, the Wall Street Journal published a thoughtful article about the current status of the motor vehicle safety whistleblower program.  To help explain why the program is so necessary, the Journal focused on Constantine Cannon’s client, Kim Gwang-Ho, an engine engineer who told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a serious safety defect in Hyundai and Kia car engines, ultimately...

Watch Now: Eric Havian Joins OffshoreAlert Panel with SEC, CFTC, and IRS Whistleblower Officials on Rewards for Domestic and Foreign Whistleblowers

Posted  04/2/21

For the third year in a row, Constantine Cannon partner Eric Havian participated in OffshoreAlert’s annual conference, vGlobal, speaking on a panel with senior leaders of the whistleblower programs at the SEC, CFTC, and IRS.  The panel, which you can watch below, “Rewarding Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach of U.S. Programs,” addressed the international reach of the U.S....

As COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Flow, DOJ Puts Fraudsters on Notice and Calls Whistleblowers “Essential”

Posted  04/2/21
On March 11th, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a sweeping economic stimulus plan that will pump $1.9 trillion into the US economy. In addition to direct relief to Americans, ARPA includes record-setting government spending in numerous areas to speed recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. As we have previously written,...
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