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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.

Interview With Jeff Connaughton, Celebrated Author of The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins

Posted  01/22/13
By Marlene Koury Whistleblower Insider asks Jeff Connaughton about his views on the current state of government enforcement of the financial markets and what needs to be done to improve it.  He will be featured in the PBS Frontline special, The Untouchables, at 10 PM tonight, which "investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold...

Whistleblower Retaliation on the Rise – Bad News for Whistleblowers and Their Employers Alike

Posted  01/18/13
By Gordon Schnell It is not surprising that the number of individuals blowing the whistle on fraud or misconduct in the workplace is on the rise.  The incentives and protections are getting stronger, the awards getting richer, and a new mindset emerging that when you see something, you are supposed to say something.  But what is surprising is that as much as this whistleblowing activity has grown, the level of...

Banks Put Up Over $20 Billion in One Day to Settle Charges of Mortgage and Foreclosure Abuses, But is it Enough?

Posted  01/16/13
By Jason Enzler Last week, the Federal Reserve and the Comptroller of the Currency announced that ten banks have agreed to an $8.5 billion settlement to resolve allegations of foreclosure abuses.  The banks, which include Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup, agreed to pay $3.3 billion directly to eligible borrowers and an additional $5.2 billion in other relief, such as loan...

Sniffing Out the Fraudsters Through Their Email -- The Latest Sleuthing Tool for Uncovering Corporate Fraud

Posted  01/11/13
By Gordon Schnell  It is part and parcel of virtually every government investigation these days.  Rummaging through mountains of emails in search of those "smoking gun" exchanges where the wrongdoers openly detail, if not brazenly boast about, the fraud or misconduct in which they are partaking.  These emails are always there.  No matter how sophisticated or savvy the schemer.  And they typically serve as...

Whistleblower Charges HBO With Animal Abuse on Failed Horseracing Drama

Posted  01/4/13
By Marlene Koury HBO’s horseracing drama “Luck” was fraught with criticism from animal rights activists and high-profile incidents of sick and dying horses during its short production.  Among these incidences, two horses were injured and euthanized during filming in 2010 and 2011 and a third horse died from a head injury in March 2012.  HBO quickly cancelled the show that same month, shortly after airing...

Government Ups the Ante for Financial Fraud With Criminal Charges Against UBS for LIBOR Misdeeds

Posted  12/27/12
By Gordon Schnell It was just two weeks ago that the government slapped HSBC with a record $1.9 billion fine to settle charges of money laundering and dealing with terrorist states. As steep as the payment was, however, there seemed to be an overriding consensus that the government let the banking giant off easy by foregoing any criminal charges. To many, it was just the latest iteration of the...

Stiff Amgen Fine Shows No Slowing Down in Government Prosecution of Off-Label Marketing

Posted  12/20/12
By Gordon Schnell It was only two weeks ago that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals came down with its groundbreaking decision in U.S. v. Caronia.  In a 2-to-1 ruling by a three-judge panel, the appeals court overturned the conviction of a drug company sales representative for promoting a prescription drug for uses not approved by the FDA.  The majority reasoned that banning such off-label marketing violated the...

More Trouble for Orthofix

Posted  12/20/12
By Marlene Koury Medical device maker Orthofix, Inc. this week obtained court approval for its June 2012 settlement proposal to resolve civil and criminal allegations that it defrauded Medicare through kickback schemes and overbilling for its bone-growth stimulators.  Click here for the original government press release.  The company will pay approximately $43 million for its misdeeds.  This payment follows on...

Too Big to Prosecute? -- HSBC Pays Record Fine for "Aiding and Abetting Drug Lords and Terrorists" But Dodges Criminal Sanctions

Posted  12/17/12
By Gordon Schnell The London-based mega-bank HSBC agreed last week to pay $1.9 billion to settle government charges that it violated the Bank Secrecy Act for facilitating money laundering by some of the world's nastiest drug cartels.  The charges also included alleged violations of the Trading with the Enemy Act for the bank's improper dealings with a number of countries subject to international sanctions.  Click...

Big Pharma Does Good -- Providing Access to the Poor

Posted  12/6/12
By Gordon Schnell There has been a lot of negative press on the fraudulent misadventures of Big Pharma.  Particularly lately.  Whether it be for falsifying studies, selling bad or ineffective drugs, concealing risky side effects, or ignoring FDA restrictions, it seems like every major drugmaker has been sued recently for putting profits before public health and safety.  You name the industry player, chances are...

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