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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.

Whistleblower Must-Reads: Eleven Essential Books about Whistleblowers and the Whistleblowing Experience

Posted  07/14/22
By Mary Inman, Elizabeth “Liz” Soltan
Being a whistleblower can be an isolating experience. If you are a whistleblower or are considering blowing the whistle, you may feel like a lone truth-teller. That loneliness is real. Sometimes it can help to hear the stories of other whistleblowers, both as a reminder that there is a community of whistleblowers out there and to glean more insight into the whistleblowing process. To help with that, we are compiling a...

A recent case could undermine the rules that have been protecting taxpayer money from fraud since the time of Lincoln

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Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Eric Havian, Mike Ronickher, and Ari Yampolsky were published in Fortune.com on the Supreme Court's consideration of the SuperValu decision.
We’re whistleblower lawyers who spend our careers speaking in legalese. But every once in a while, a case comes along that is so alarming, yet so couched in jargon, that an issue of great importance can easily escape notice. When that...

American hospitals have been resistant to whistleblowers. Here’s how they can save money and lives by embracing them.

Posted  06/21/22
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Last month, the American Hospital Association wrote a pointed letter to the Justice Department, asking them to investigate, and potentially sue, Medicare Advantage plans for improperly denying coverage of patients’ hospital services. Medicare Advantage is a popular government program that pays private insurers premiums to cover seniors, and the insurers are required by law to provide at least the same benefits as...

IRS Whistleblower Office Issues Delayed and Disappointing Annual Report on Whistleblower Program in Fiscal Year 2021

Posted  06/13/22
The IRS Whistleblower Office has released its required Annual Report to Congress, covering fiscal year 2021.  Disappointingly, the report shows a continuing decline in proceeds collected as a result of submissions to the IRS Whistleblower Program and a continuing decline in awards paid to whistleblowers who reported tax fraud under the program. The report itself was submitted four months later than in previous years...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Attorneys File Brief to Supreme Court on Behalf of Senator Grassley

Posted  05/26/22
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Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys were proud to represent long-time champion of the False Claims Act (FCA) Senator Charles Grassley in filing an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court. In the brief, available here, Senator Grassley urges the Court to repair a worrying trend among certain courts that is undermining the statute. Specifically, the brief describes how the Seventh Circuit’s decision...

SEC Keeps Crypto Fraud in Its Sights Through Expanded Enforcement Team

Posted  05/4/22
The SEC announced on May 3 that it was dramatically expanding its Cyber Unit and renaming the team the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit.  The newly enlarged team will now include fully 50 enforcement personnel. The expanded team shows that the SEC is continuing to see crypto fraud as a major enforcement priority.  As the number of digital currencies continue to grow and the increasing number of new investors in the...

Stericycle Pays More than $84 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

Posted  04/26/22
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Last Wednesday, Illinois-based waste management company Stericycle Inc. agreed to pay more than $84 million to settle foreign bribery charges brought in parallel by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and authorities in Brazil. The charges centered around payments Stericycle made to foreign officials in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina to secure government contracts in those...

DOJ Ramps Up Enforcement Against COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  04/25/22
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Even as mask restrictions are being relaxed in most parts of the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its oversight of federal funds spent to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  Just last week, DOJ announced criminal charges against 21 defendants in nine federal districts for their alleged participation in COVID-19 fraud schemes that resulted in over $149 million in false billings to federal programs. 

How Congress and the IRS Can Fulfill the Promise of the Tax Whistleblower Program

Posted  04/21/22
Constantine Cannon whistleblower partner Michael Ronickher wrote on the Taxpayers Against Fraud blog about three key changes the IRS could make to help its whistleblower program reach its full potential. The program, which provides rewards of 15-30% of the funds collected by the IRS because of a tip, is undeniably important. As Mike wrote, “Since 2007, the IRS has recovered $6.14 billion based on information from...

Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman Published in Newsweek on How Whistleblowers are Key to Reining in Prescription Drug Costs

Posted  04/21/22
Newsweek published an OpEd by Constantine Cannon whistleblower lawyers Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman on the need to expand the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program to Medicare.  The piece was prompted by DOJ's recent $235 million settlement with U.K. and St. Louis-based pharma company Mallinckrodt for allegedly violating the Medicaid rebate rule. On the books since 1990, the rule requires drug companies to rebate state...
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