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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.

In Service of Justice – The Importance of Whistleblowers

Posted  08/30/23
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Whistleblowing takes courage.  Whistleblower matters also require patience to file and wait, often several years, to see if the government will intervene and then pursue a matter.  There is rarely much transparency, so the whistleblower remains somewhat in the dark and can feel a lack of control.  Retaliation for speaking up in the workplace is a significant concern. Yet the interests of justice are served by those...

In Their Own Words. . . .Booz Allen Whistleblower Sarah Feinberg

Posted  08/29/23
"I’ve got three kids, and I tell them, 'Doing the right thing is the right thing, no matter what the outcome is." From the NBC News article on Sarah Feinberg's False Claims Act lawsuit against Booz Allen Hamilton for allegedly overcharging the government on private consulting contracts, including with foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia.  Booz Allen ultimately settled the action (on July 21) for $377...

3M to Pay $6.5 Million for Foreign Bribery Charges

Posted  08/29/23
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On Friday (August 25), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Minnesota-based global manufacturer 3M Company agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle SEC charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  According to the SEC Order finalizing the settlement, the SEC found that employees of 3M's wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary provided improper consideration to Chinese officials of...

SEC Awards $18 Million Whistleblower Award

Posted  08/25/23
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today (August 25) a whistleblower award of $18 million "to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action."  Due to the agency's commitment to keeping the identity of its whistleblowers strictly confidential, it did not disclose who the whistleblower is, or the enforcement action to which the reward is tied. All we...

DOJ Smackdown of COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  08/25/23
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On Wednesday (August 23), the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced significant progress in its ongoing effort to combat COVID-19 fraud.  The agency reported a nationwide, coordinated three-month sweep resulting in more than 700 enforcement actions involving hundreds of defendants, covering more than $800 million in alleged COVID-19 fraud. According to the government, these actions largely involved going after...

In Their Own Words. . . .Deputy Attorney General Monaco

Posted  08/25/23
"Combating all types of fraud is a top Justice Department priority.  That is especially true when the fraud involves exploitation of the suffering of others." Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco in announcing the results of DOJ's latest nationwide COVID-19 fraud enforcement sweep, which over the last three months included 700 enforcement actions involving over $830 million in fraud.

Scoundrel Spotlight - Medicare Fraudster Minal Patel

Posted  08/23/23
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This week's Scoundrel in the Spotlight is Minal Patel who last week (August 18) was sentenced to 27 years in prison for defrauding Medicare of almost half a billion dollars for genetic testing patients did not need and were procured through bribes and kickbacks.  In announcing the sentencing, the government trumpeted the matter as one of the largest genetic testing fraud cases ever tried to verdict. Here is how...

SEC Awards $104 Million to Seven Whistleblowers

Posted  08/16/23
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Earlier this month (August 4), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its award of $104 million to seven whistleblowers "whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action and related actions brought by another agency."  It follows a string of blockbuster awards under the SEC Whistleblower Program, which provides whistleblowers who provide information leading to a successful...

Scoundrel Spotlight - George Thomas Dave (“GT Dave”)

Posted  08/8/23
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This week’s Scoundrel in the Spotlight is George Thomas Dave (“GT Dave”), the billionaire king of kombucha. His company GT’s Living Foods has saturated the fermented tea and beverage market with its Synergy branded drinks to the tune of $275 million per year.  GT Dave professes to have a higher purpose.  The company mission statement, according to its website, is to “share the gift of Kombucha in its...

DOJ and FTC Draft Merger Guidelines Reaffirm the Critical Role of Whistleblowers in Antitrust Enforcement

Posted  08/7/23
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Whistleblowers provide crucial information, bring illegality to light, and right wrongs.  It is true when a nurse brings a False Claims Act case against a healthcare provider that defrauded the government by billing Medicare despite failing to provide the proper services to its patients.  And, as the DOJ and FTC reenforced in their recently released draft merger guidelines, it is just as true when a customer,...
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