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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.

Fraud in GSA Contracts: How to Report it Under the False Claims Act for a Whistleblower Reward

Posted  05/13/19
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Federal government offices purchase all the products and services any office does: office supplies, telecommunications equipment and services, computer hardware and software, consulting services, vehicles, travel services, and so on. The General Services Administration is the centralized procurement arm for the federal government, overseeing tens of billions of dollars in procurement annually, as well as handling...

Question of the Week — Should the CEO Be Held Accountable?: Lessons from the Insys verdict.

Posted  05/10/19
By Jessica T. Moore
Handcuffed business-leader walking through jail.
In a shocking first, a federal jury has convicted an opioid-company CEO and other top executives of a criminal racketeering conspiracy. Insys founder and chairman John Kapoor and four other executives bribed doctors to overprescribe a highly addictive fentanyl painkiller, and ran a phony call-center to defraud insurance companies into paying for the expensive drug. Although the company itself had already paid over...

CFTC Makes Another Whistleblower Award

Posted  05/10/19
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Logo
On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a whistleblower award of roughly $1.5 million. It is the latest in a string of whistleblower awards from an agency that has made it very clear that after a slow start in implementing its whistleblower program it is finally open for whistleblower business. CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald could not have been more direct on this point:...

Immigration Detention Facilities Continue to Pose Fraud Risks

Posted  05/9/19
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Child Behind a Fence
Last summer, we wrote about the fraud risks inherent in the massive increase in government spending for immigration detention. Almost one year later, a child’s tragic death again calls attention to failures at the immigration facilities that maintain ever increasing government contracts. On April 30, 2019, a sixteen-year-old boy died at a Southwest Key facility in Brownsville, TX, two weeks after arriving in the...

DOJ to Corporate America — Embrace the Whistleblower

Posted  05/9/19
Hanging Folder with Compliance Tab
In a clear push to companies to tighten up their internal compliance efforts, the DOJ Criminal Division recently announced a remake of the agency's guidelines for corporate compliance programs. The document, titled "The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs," updates a previous version of the guidelines and is designed to provide more insight and context into the steps DOJ expects companies to take to ensure...

Catch of the Week — Pharmaceutical Company Allegedly Bribed Doctors with Trips to the Kentucky Derby

Posted  05/8/19
Cartoon of Sick Monkey and Horse Doctor Doing Check-Up
A recent settlement between the Department of Justice and US WorldMeds (“USWM”), show how creative, and how luxurious, kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians can be. The company, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, agreed to pay $17.5M to resolve claims that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to patients and doctors by boosting sales of two of their drugs, Apokyn (a drug used to treat Parkinson’s...

The Latest on Cryptocurrency, Offshore Tax Avoidance and Money-Laundering, and Whistleblowing: A Report from OffshoreAlert Miami 2019

Posted  05/3/19
Hanging Hundred Dollar Bills on Clothes Line
“A diverse collection of the hunters and the hunted.” That’s how the Wall Street Journal described the OffshoreAlert Conference in 2009. The 2019 conference was no different, bringing together those who work in the offshore industry, the government enforcers who try to stop the unscrupulous among them, and the asset recovery professionals who pursue lost funds. Alongside them were whistleblowers and their...

Catch of the Week — Florida Hospital Chain CEO Settles False Billing Allegations

Posted  05/3/19
Emergency Room Hospital with Night Lights On
This week’s Catch of the Week highlights former hospital executive Gary D. Newsome’s settlement resolving false billing and kickback allegations. From 2008 to 2013, Newsome served as CEO of Naples, Florida-based hospital chain Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA). He will pay $3.46 million to resolve federal prosecutors’ claims that HMA, under his leadership, pressured doctors in the emergency department to...

Partner Eric Havian Leads Panel with Leaders of SEC, CFTC, IRS Whistleblower Programs

Posted  05/2/19
Aerial view of Miami Beach
For the second year in a row, Constantine Cannon Partner Eric Havian led a panel at OffshoreAlert’s annual North American conference on Financial Intelligence and Investigations that included representatives from each of the major U.S. financial whistleblower programs. The panel, entitled “Enriching Domestic & Foreign Whistleblowers: The Growth & Spreading Reach Of U.S. Programs” included SEC Whistleblower...

Question of the Week — Should we shut the "back door" to college admissions and end tax breaks for donations to colleges and universities?

Posted  05/1/19
grad cap with money
The New York Times reported today that federal prosecutors are pursuing a new set of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal, sending ripples of fear through elite circles in Southern California and stirring speculation about which well-heeled executive or celebrity might be the next to be charged. There is little disagreement that the parents caught up in the bribery scandal did something wrong. Criminal,...
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