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SEC Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is With $14M Whistleblower Award

Posted  10/3/13
By Gordon Schnell It has been more than two years since the SEC Whistleblower Office officially opened its doors.  Born out of the Dodd-Frank Act, it was created to help usher in a new day of more aggressive enforcement at an agency that up until recently many believed was very much asleep at the switch.  But with all of the fanfare surrounding the new office, and the flood of whistleblower tips that have poured...

WATD Boston Radio Interview With Gordon Schnell on Whistleblowing and Sports

Posted  10/3/13
There has been a never-ending pageantry of fallen sports heroes and broken sports programs -- Lance Armstrong; Penn State; Alex Rodriguez; Tyson Gay; Oklahoma State; Rutgers; the New Orleans Saints.  The list goes on and on.  You name it.  It seems these days there is not a professional sport or big-time college sports program that has not been at the center of or deeply impacted by one scandal or another...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - October 1, 2013

Posted  10/1/13
Hidden harms of government shutdown – In addition to its obvious impact on federal workers and the economy, the shutdown would also affect numerous government programs for veterans, the disabled, and the poor.  Washington Post SEC makes $14 million whistleblower award – This is the agency’s fourth award and by far its largest under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act.  SEC Annual cost for...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 27, 2013

Posted  09/27/13
UN report warns of real threat from global warming – In the 2,000 page report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a collection of the world’s leading climate scientists warn of serious environmental consequences if governments do not take more aggressive action. Washington Post Auto parts makers plead guilty to price-fixing – Nine Japanese companies plead guilty and will pay $745 million in...

Death by Hospital Errors

Posted  09/26/13
By Gordon Schnell As if we did not have enough to worry about with healthcare these days.  Here is a new concern to add to the list -- getting seriously or fatally injured in the hospital from a medical mistake or accident.  Hard to believe with all our advances in science and medicine, but hospital errors now constitute the third leading cause of death in this country (behind heart disease and cancer).  And it...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 24, 2013

Posted  09/24/13
Health insurers accused of misleading policyholders – In an effort to keep their healthy customers as Obamacare rolls out, several major health carriers such as Humana and Aetna are allegedly tricking their customers into renewing their policies.  WSJ LinkedIn sued for hacking – Customers of the professional networking website are claiming the company hacked into their email accounts and downloaded their...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 20, 2013

Posted  09/20/13
medicaljpgStudy says up to 440,000 U.S. deaths per year are from hospital mistakes – The Journal of Patient Safety findings make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America behind heart disease and cancer.  ProPublica Halliburton guilty of destroying evidence in Gulf spill fiasco – The company pleads guilty to charges that it destroyed evidence to cover up its potential liability for the Deepwater Horizon...

Money, Drugs, Sex, Exploitation -- The Sordid State of OSU Football

Posted  09/19/13
By Gordon Schnell We read about it all the time.  How the deep drive to succeed in college football and to share in the vast riches that come with it, have caused many gridiron programs to take extreme measures to secure a winning season.  Spanking new stadiums; state-of-the-art training facilities; under-the-table payments to players; cutting corners on academics; condoning player misbehavior.  You name...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 17, 2013

Posted  09/17/13
Art dealer pleads guilty over selling fakes – Glafira Rosales admits to a 15-year, $80 million forgery scheme of passing off as genuine works from such Modernist masters as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko actual fakes painted by a Chinese immigrant in his Queens garage. NYT Social Security pays out $1.3 billion in wrongful disability claims – The Government Accountability Office finds that these payments...

Whistleblower News from the Inside - September 13, 2013

Posted  09/13/13
Female politicians less corrupt – According to a study out of Rice University, female politicians in democratic countries are less likely than their male counterparts to participate in and tolerate corrupt practices.  Time FTC investigating new Facebook privacy policy – Following a storm of protest from users and privacy advocates, the FTC is investigating Facebook’s new requirement that users allow the...
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