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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.

A COVID-19 Pesticide, Unproven Treatments, and Splashing Out On SBA’s Dime

Posted  06/5/20
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The US DOJ continued its efforts to combat the sale of unproven and unregistered COVID-19 treatments and preventatives and charged purported “business owners” for CARES and PPP funds fraud this week. A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to selling an unregistered pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Rong “Vicky” Sun, 34, of Fayetteville, Georgia, will be...

Protests Turn a Glaring Spotlight on the Big Business of Outfitting the Police

Posted  06/4/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
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The groundswell of protest against police brutality after George Floyd’s murder has rightly turned the world’s attention to the harsh tactics employed by police departments and the racist biases in how those tactics are applied.  Shocking images have emerged from around the U.S. of police officers ready to respond to protesters, outfitted like military, looking like they are going into battle.  How did we get...

SEC Makes $50M Whistleblower Reward: LARGEST AWARD TO DATE

Posted  06/4/20
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The SEC today announced a $50 million whistleblower award, the largest award to date to a single individual whistleblower under the SEC Whistleblower Program.  This tops the $54 million award to two whistleblowers in September 2018 and the $50 million award to two whistleblowers in March 2018.  It brings the total amount of awards under the program to more that a half-billion dollars.  And it is just the latest in...

Fraudsters Beware: Flurry of Recent Actions in Enforcement Show that Contracting Fraud is a Priority

Posted  06/3/20
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Four recent state and federal actions indicate that government contracting fraud cases are in the spotlight. These actions all stemmed from alleged violations of laws that give certain businesses, such as, small, minority-owned, or veteran-owned businesses, advantages in obtaining government contracts. These contracts are often called “preference” or “set-aside” contracts and the goal of these laws is to...

Project Proposes Legislative Action to Protect and Incentivize AML Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
By Michael Ronickher
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Offshore Alert and the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists were joined by Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Lawyers Poppy Alexander, Eric Havian, and Michael Ronickher in developing a proposal to enact legislation that would create statutory incentives and protections for whistleblowers with information about money laundering. The proposal, unveiled on May 25, 2020, was developed in response to a...

Canadian Accountability Experts Propose Comprehensive “Hack” Promoting Increased Transparency and Support for Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
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A group of prominent accountability experts have come up with a comprehensive proposal designed to increase transparency and whistleblower protections in Canada. The Canadian COVID-19 Accountability Group (CCAG), comprised of former whistleblowers and other experts from academia, law, policing and journalism, was created in response to Constantine Cannon’s FT Innovative Lawyers Global Legal Hackathon challenge. The...

GW Law and Constantine Cannon Collaborate on Proposed Antitrust Whistleblower Reward Program for COVID-19 Related Antitrust Violations

Posted  05/29/20
By Marlene Koury
George Washington University Law School Professor F. Scott Kieff, GW law student Michael DeJesus, and Constantine Cannon LLP partners Henry C. Su, Mary Inman, and Marlene Koury introduced the Antitrust Whistleblower Reward and Anti-Retaliatory Protection Act (WRAP Act) as part of the Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon. Our Hackathon Challenge was to find ways to harness the power of whistleblowers to stem the tide...

COVID Frauds of the Week: PPP, PPE, and More

Posted  05/29/20
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter businesses and everyday Americans, it has been one of the busiest weeks yet for the government agencies stopping fraudsters who target government relief programs.  In new cases filed this week, the government has gone after alleged bogus sales and price gouging of PPE, new frauds on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), healthcare fraud, and more.

Secret Service Busts...

Constantine Cannon and GAP Collaborate to Form Covid-19 Legislative Team to Help Enact State False Claims Acts

Posted  05/29/20
By Edward Baker
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As part of the FT Innovative Lawyers Global Legal Hackathon, Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys and the Government Accountability Project (GAP) have teamed up to form a Covid-19 Legislative Strike Force Team to help advocate for the enactment or amendment of State False Claims Acts to protect trillions of dollars in state and federal funds now being spent in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Need for...

Constantine Cannon’s Hackathon Challenge Generates Eleven Innovative Solutions to Protect COVID-19 Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
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The Constantine Cannon whistleblower team is delighted to reveal eleven innovative Hacks created in response to our Challenge to find ways to harness the power of whistleblowers to stem the tide of COVID-19-related frauds and misinformation.  Constantine Cannon’s team of whistleblower attorneys submitted the Challenge to The Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), a worldwide effort to draw on the...
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