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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 Their Own Words . . . . Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10)

Posted  02/29/24
"Whistleblowers play a vital role in helping Congress conduct its constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities, and their disclosures can make a real difference in determining investigation outcomes." From the House Financial Services Committee call-out to whistleblowers to help with its investigation into reports of widespread workplace misconduct at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Credits Whistleblowers, Identifies 2024 Priorities

Posted  02/27/24
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DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton recently spoke at the 2024 Federal Bar Association’s Qui Tam Conference.  Here are a few key takeaways from his remarks, which can be found here.
  1. Crediting Whistleblowers. Boynton lauded whistleblowers, calling them “a critical source of [DOJ’s] enforcement efforts,” and he thanked them and their counsel for their efforts, adding that the DOJ...

New York Doctor Indicted for $20.7 Million in Medicare Fraud and Kickback Scheme

Posted  02/23/24
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On February 21, 2024, a federal grand jury in New Jersey indicted Dr. Alexander Baldonado, of Queens, New York, for his alleged involvement in a complex health care fraud and illegal kickback scheme. According to the DOJ press release, this scheme involved the submission of over $20.7 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare, primarily for medically unnecessary genetic cancer screening and Covid-19...

In Their Own Words . . . . Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Posted  02/23/24
"By protecting whistleblowers who shine a light on wrongdoing, [the False Claims Act] empowers those brave individuals to come forward and continues to deliver for the American people.  The value of the False Claims Act cannot be overstated; preserving and strengthening it will always be in our nation’s best interest." From his press release on yesterday's Department of Justice release of its 2023 fiscal year

FTC: Consumers Lost Over $10 Billion to Fraudsters in 2023

Posted  02/22/24
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The Federal Trade Commission released its consumer-reported fraud data for 2023, showing consumer losses rocketed to a new high--over $10 billion, with nearly half of that being lost to investment scams. Deploying the usual targeting methods—email, phone calls, and text messages—fraudsters convinced consumers to dump their cash into fake investment opportunities ($4.6 billion) and imposter scams ($2.7 billion);...

In Their Own Words. . . .California Attorney General Rob Bonta

Posted  02/21/24
“At the California Department of Justice, we believe that the healthcare system should serve patients.  Yet, too often, private equity has served corporate profiteers by maximizing their profits at the expense of access, quality, and affordability of healthcare for Californians.”  California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s statement concerning recent legislation (AB 3129) introduced in California addressing...

CFTC Anoints New Whistleblower Chief

Posted  02/16/24
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Yesterday (February 15), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) named Brian Young as the new director of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Office.  In doing so, the agency officially filled the vacancy left when former director Chris Ehrman stepped down in July. Mr. Young has big shoes to fill as under Director Ehrman's tenure, the CFTC saw tremendous growth in its Whistleblower Program, which provides sizable...

Catch of the Week: Lincare, Inc.

Posted  02/16/24
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This week's Department of Justice (DOJ) Catch of the Week goes to Lincare, Inc., a durable medical equipment supplier with locations throughout the country.  Yesterday (February 15), the company agreed to pay $25.5 million to settle DOJ charges of violating the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for the rental of non-invasive ventilators (NIVs) when patients no longer needed or used them.  DOJ also charged Lincare...

CFTC Says Beware of Romance Scams

Posted  02/13/24
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With Valentine's Day upon us, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last week (February 8) issued an Advisory Alert warning for those seeking romance to tread carefully on dating apps and social media.  Especially when it comes to strangers asking for financial support or giving investment advice. The CFTC urged particular caution with promotions for cryptocurrency investments because of the growing risk...

Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Program Delay Raises Concerns Among U.S. Senators

Posted  02/8/24
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In a call for accountability, a bipartisan trio of U.S. Senators, including Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), sent a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Director, Andrea Gacki, urging an explanation for the notable delays in the full implementation of the Anti-Money Laundering whistleblower reward program. Established under the 2021 annual...
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