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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.

Constantine Cannon Client’s Historic False Claims Act Settlement Against Cisco for Cybersecurity Fraud Makes Headlines

Posted  08/9/19
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If you’ve ever seen a heist movie, you likely know the scene. The technology-savvy member of a motley crew of criminals is huddled in a van or in a secret lair, surrounded by monitors. After a tense few minutes of maniacal typing, he or she yells “I’m in!” and hacks into the video surveillance system of the target hotel/casino/museum. In an instant, the cameras switch off or go to a pre-taped reel, and the...

DOJ Catch of the Week — Beaver Medical Group

Posted  08/9/19
Yesterday, California-based Beaver Medical Group and one of its physicians, Dr. Sherif Khalil, agreed to pay roughly $5 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by reporting invalid diagnoses to Medicare Advantage plans causing those plans to receive inflated payments from Medicare.  It is the latest example of what has become a strong government commitment to pursuing fraud in the Medicare...

Question of the Week — Should Companies Face Tougher Consequences for Cybersecurity Breaches?

Posted  08/8/19
Last month, a whistleblower represented by Constantine Cannon became the first person to win a False Claims Act settlement for cybersecurity fraud. The whistleblower, a former Cisco Systems employee, allegedly warned the company back in 2008 that its Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) system was highly vulnerable to attacks by hackers. The system’s flaws allegedly could have enabled hackers to delete video footage,...

This Week in Whistleblower History: National Whistleblower Day and the Creation of the Medicare and Medicaid Programs

Posted  08/2/19
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This week marks the seventh year in a row that Congress has designated July 30th National Whistleblower Day, honoring the occasion, on July 30, 1778, when the Continental Congress unanimously enacted the first whistleblower protection law in the United States. The law was passed in response to a petition to the Continental Congress filed by a group of ten American sailors and marines, who reported that their...

Cisco Whistleblower Represented by Constantine Cannon Wins First-Ever False Claims Act Settlement for Cybersecurity Fraud

Posted  07/31/19
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In the first cybersecurity whistleblower case ever successfully litigated under the False Claims Act, Cisco Systems, Inc. has agreed to an $8.6 million settlement to resolve allegations it knowingly sold vulnerable video surveillance software to federal, state and local government agencies, exposing government systems to the risk of unauthorized access and the manipulation of vital information. This qui tam...

Catch of the Week — Comprehensive Pain Specialists Targeted for Urine Drug Testing Fraud

Posted  07/26/19
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Our Catch of the Week goes to Comprehensive Pain Specialists (CPS), a now-shuttered pain-management chain that was once one of the largest in the nation, treating as many as 48,000 pain patients a month at about 60 clinics across 11 states.  CPS shut down in 2018 with little warning to patients and employees. On Monday, July 22, the United States and the State of Tennessee announced their partial intervention in...

Question of the Week — Will Healthcare Settlements Continue to Dominate False Claims Act Recoveries?

Posted  07/24/19
Recent blockbuster settlements continue past trends: healthcare fraud has so far this year dominated FCA recoveries. During the first half of 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) secured over $750 million in settlements from False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases. And just past the mid-year point, total recoveries have nearly doubled due to a $700 million civil settlement ($1.4 billion total) entered on July 11th...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Weighs in on Standard Chartered Allegations

Posted  07/23/19
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London partner Mary Inman was quoted in articles regarding recent allegations that British banking and financial services company Standard Chartered (StanChart) handled more than $56 billion dollars in illegal transactions with entities connected to Iran. The allegations are spelled out in a whistleblower suit against StanChart originally filed in 2012, voluntarily dismissed, and then refiled in late 2018. The...

Interview with George Washington University Professor Kyle Welch on his Corporate Whistleblowing Research

Posted  07/22/19
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Whistleblower Insider had the chance to interview Professor Kyle Welch, who teaches accounting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professor Welch has focused his research on the effects of whistleblowers in corporate America, and has found that healthy whistleblowing systems tend to make companies more profitable, the subject of fewer lawsuits, and hit with fewer, and lower, fines. Professor Welch’s...

How Businesses Can Use Whistleblower Reward Laws to Stop Unfair Competition

Posted  07/22/19
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Most anyone can be a whistleblower. The role is not limited to the corporate insider or company employee at the meeting, on the conference call or in receipt of the email or text message where the “smoking-gun” evidence of fraud or misconduct is disclosed. Whistleblowers can be any person, or an entity, with non-public information about fraudulent conduct giving rise to a whistleblower claim.  Often, businesses...
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