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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.

Catch of the Week: Guild Mortgage

Posted  10/30/20
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We’re in the midst of a recession, 13 million Americans are out of work, GDP growth is slowing, and stock market volatility is approaching record-breaking levels. This recession is largely driven by the emergence of a mostly natural and random phenomenon, COVD-19, though there is plenty of blame to go around in how humans have reacted to the spread of the virus. This week’s catch of the week, however, harkens back...

A better approach to stop feeding the fraudsters with CARES Act relief

Posted  10/29/20
By Gordon Schnell, Max Voldman
blue gloves holding a mask
(Published in Tennessean) The federal government has yet to come up with an appropriate answer for the feeding frenzy of fraud that is looming with billions in CARES Act funding in play and trillions more likely on the way. Despite its best efforts, the government loses tens of billions of dollars from fraud every year, much of it committed by the very same companies now benefitting from CARES Act relief. Unless...

Call to Albany: Time to reward insurance fraud whistleblowers

Posted  10/29/20
By Gordon Schnell, Max Voldman
Whistle on Wood
(Published in Times Union) Here is an idea for Albany. It would significantly strengthen the State's efforts to combat fraud, inject the State with tens of millions of dollars a year in added revenue, and most importantly, better protect the health and welfare of all New Yorkers. All it would entail is expanding New York's whistleblower rewards regime to include individuals exposing insurance fraud. New York...

SEC Makes Record Whistleblower Award of $114 Million

Posted  10/29/20
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Following on the heels of a record-breaking year for SEC whistleblower awards, the SEC broke new ground yet again with its blockbuster award last week of $114 million.  It far exceeds the next highest award of $50 million the SEC made in June.  And it brings to $676 million to 108 whistleblowers the total tally to date of awards under the SEC Whistleblower Program. Other than its size, another notable feature...

A company about nothing: SPACs and fraud

Posted  10/27/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Tablet showing trending stock
The hot retro design trend these days is not only slip dresses and tie-dye, but an once-obscure investment vehicle called a Special Purpose Acquisition Company or SPAC.  SPACs (aka “blank check” companies) are sweeping the nation as the darling of investors who wish to take a company public without the scrutiny of an IPO.

So what is a SPAC?

With due apologies to Seinfield, SPACs are companies about nothing. ...

Catch of the Week: Goldman Sachs Agrees to Pay Over $2.9 Billion in Foreign Bribery Case

Posted  10/23/20
businessmen shaking hands and other placing money in others pocket
The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and its Malaysian subsidiary have admitted to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by engaging in a scheme to pay more than $1.6 billion in bribes to foreign officials in exchange for lucrative contracts.  According to Goldman’s admissions and court documents, Goldman paid these bribes to foreign officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi in order to obtain and retain...

Whistleblowing As a Civic Duty: Now Is the Time To Act

Posted  10/23/20
By Edward Baker
Whistleblower in Text
With voting in the 2020 election underway and the presidential debates behind us, now is a good time to reflect on the importance of civic duties to the preservation of American democracy.  Voting, paying taxes, serving on a jury, and registering with selective service are all examples of such duties—responsibilities which, if ignored or unfulfilled by enough individuals, will cause the institutional fabric holding...

Proposed Changes to NY FCA Tax Provisions Rattle Potential Tax Fraudsters

Posted  10/16/20
Albany New York Capitol Complex buildings against blue sky
New York is one of several states that has provisions in its state False Claims Act (“NY FCA”) allowing whistleblower (or qui tam) suits for violations of the state’s tax laws. On August 3, 2020 (Senate) and October 7, 2020 (Assembly), the New York state legislature, introduced bills proposing revisions to the NY FCA’s tax provisions.

The Proposed Legislation

The Senate bill’s accompanying memorandum...

JPMorgan Chase Pays nearly $1 Billion in Fines for Market Manipulation of Precious Metals and U.S. Treasuries

Posted  10/16/20
By Carolina Gonzalez
investors on computers for market trading
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay over $955 million to settle civil and criminal charges over a scheme involving fake trades in precious metals and U.S. treasuries designed to manipulate the market in an effort to enhance the bank’s profits and cut losses. The multi-agency enforcement action was brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and...

Catch of the Week: Texas-Sized Indictment for $2 Billion Tax Fraud

Posted  10/16/20
texas longhorn bull standing in open grass field
Everything sure is bigger in Texas.  Bigger hair, bigger churches, bigger stadiums, bigger ranches, and bigger sky.  Oh, and as of this week, bigger billionaires committing bigger frauds! On Thursday, federal prosecutors in California charged Robert T. Brockman, a Houston tech executive, with hiding $2 billion in income from the Internal Revenue Service.  True to Texas form, David L. Anderson, the U.S. attorney...
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