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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.

Top Ten Financial and Healthcare Fraud Prison Sentences of 2018

Posted  01/11/19
Prison
Financial and healthcare fraud schemes can result not just in civil investigations and liability, but also in prison time for the individuals involved.  In 2018, the Department of Justice obtained substantial prison sentences in numerous cases involving healthcare and financial frauds, helping to bring justice to the patients, investors, or individuals harmed by criminal fraudsters.  Many of the fraudulent schemes...

Top Ten FCPA Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/10/19
2018 saw substantial monetary settlements for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), which is the leading U.S. law barring bribery of foreign officials by companies subject to its reach.  Violations of the FCPA are investigated by DOJ as well as by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The SEC has long recognized the FCPA as a high enforcement priority, and whistleblowers with knowledge of...

Vote Now for the 2018 Whistleblower of the Year

Posted  01/7/19
Whistleblower Insider wants to hear from you on who should be honored as our 2018 Whistleblower of the Year. We are especially interested in those individuals who best encapsulate the qualities of the typical whistleblower — courage, strength, integrity, selflessness and a deep concern for public health and safety. You can choose among the candidates listed below, or identify your own candidate. And please add in...

2018 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Christopher Wylie

Posted  01/4/19
In 2013, American author Dave Eggers published The Circle, a novel chronicling the adventures of a technology worker at a powerful Internet company. The company collects heaps of information about its subscribers and uses it in all aspects of their lives: it finds missing persons within minutes, monitors individual medical conditions, and even tries to use data to require people to vote on Election Day. The...

2018 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate - The Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal

Posted  01/4/19
Whistleblowers are usually thought of as courageous individuals who come forward from the shadows to speak truth to power.  But sometimes whistleblowers are instead organizations that seek out the shadows in order to bring them into the light.  The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is one such organization.  Founded in 1977, CIR’s mission is to “engage and empower the public through investigative...

What the Government Shutdown Means for Whistleblowers

Posted  01/3/19
Federal Government Shutdown
As of January 3, 2019, the federal courts are still open, and say they can stay open at least through January 11 by using available funds from court fee payments and other sources not dependent on new appropriations.  However, most Department of Justice civil attorneys have been furloughed.  Without attorneys from DOJ, cases involving the United States are not be able to proceed as they normally would. ...

Healthcare Whistleblowers Continue as Backbone of DOJ Recoveries: A Look at DOJ’s 2018 Fraud and FCA Statistics

Posted  01/2/19
Department of Justice
The Department of Justice released its annual report of DOJ recoveries for fraud and false claims against the U.S., showing recoveries of $2.8 billion in settlements and judgments for the fiscal year ending September 2018. Once again, recoveries for healthcare fraud accounted for the majority of funds recovered: of the $2.8 billion recovered, $2.5 billion was attributed to healthcare fraud. And, once again,

2018 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Posted  12/28/18
“I am here today not because I want to be.  I am terrified.  I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”  On September 27, 2018, tens of millions of Americans stopped to hear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford say these words, under oath, to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  They huddled around airport televisions, gathered in bars,...

WATCH THIS SPACE: New U.S. Development Agency for High-Risk Investment in Developing Countries a Magnet for Fraud

Posted  12/21/18
By Jessica T. Moore
Combine 60 billion U.S. dollars, newly authorized private investment, vulnerable foreign countries, and competition with Russia and China - What could go wrong? Amid the daily D.C. drama plaguing the fall of 2018, Congress quietly passed the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act to create a new U.S. development agency: the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC). The...

Catch of the Week — Hospice Provider to Pay $6 Million to Settle False Claims Act Suit

Posted  12/21/18
SouthernCare, Inc., a hospice provider owned by Curo Health Services, has agreed to pay the federal government nearly $6 million dollars to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company defrauded Medicare by billing medically unnecessary hospice care. The fraud was unearthed by two whistleblowers formerly employed by the company, who filed suit under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, where they will share...
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