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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.

Question of the Week — Will the Next College Hoops Fraud Trial Bring Down High-Profile Coaches?

Posted  02/28/19

This week, Yahoo! reported that two high-profile coaches-Arizona’s Sean Miller and LSU’s Will Wade-will be subpoenaed in an April trial regarding the dark world of college basketball recruiting.  In September 2017, federal prosecutors out of the Southern District of New York arrested 10 individuals on fraud and corruption charges in connection with the recruitment of prominent college basketball players. Now it...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Jessica Moore and Leah Judge Published in The Oklahoman on Helping to Curb Fraud in Oklahoma

Posted  02/28/19
Constantine Cannon attorneys Jessica T. Moore and Leah Judge published an op-ed piece in the Oklahoman advocating for the passage of House Bill No. 2386 (“the Oklahoma State Agency False Claims Act”). The proposed Oklahoma State Agency False Claims Act is modeled after similar state and local False Claims Act statutes that allow whistleblowers to bring lawsuits against companies and individuals who defraud the...

Catch of the Week — Cognizant Technology to Pay $25M to Settle Bribery Allegations While Top Execs Face Civil and Criminal Charges

Posted  02/22/19
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New-Jersey based tech company Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation agreed to pay approximately $25 million-roughly $19 million in disgorgement and prejudgment interest and an additional $6 million in civil monetary penalties-to settle allegations the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) by bribing Indian officials. But the government’s enforcement doesn’t end there. Cognizant’s...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman is Quoted in Law360 Article Regarding EU Reform Opening the Door to Whistleblowers

Posted  02/22/19
London partner Mary Inman was quoted in a February 20th, 2019 Law360 article regarding new EU proposals to protect individuals who report attempts by entities or other individuals to violate or circumvent laws. In the article titled “EU Reforms May Help Open Doors For Whistleblowers” Ms. Inman discussed the penalties against Barclays CEO Jes Staley saying, “The sad reality is that regulated business are more...

Ohio Seeks to Recover Overcharges from OptumRx

Posted  02/21/19
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After a 2018 investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) of its prescription drug spending, the BWC pharmacy program manager, John Hanna, concluded that "we were being hosed."  The BWC had contracted with OptumRx to act as a pharmacy benefits manager (PBM).  PBMs act as middlemen between drugmakers, pharmacies, and payors such as worker's compensation programs, Medicaid, Medicare, and other...

Data Whistleblower Case Raises Question of What is a Public Disclosure

Posted  02/21/19
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As regular readers know, we have been closely tracking the progress of data analysis firm Integra Med Analytics’ whistleblower lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Providence Health and its consultant J.A. Thomas and Associates, Inc. (JATA).  The case alleges a conspiracy between Providence and JATA to upcode for specific Major Complications or Comorbidities (MCCs). This case is part of a growing number of...

Question of the Week — Should members of the president’s administration have whistleblower protections?

Posted  02/20/19
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On Tuesday, the House oversight committee opened an investigation into Michael Flynn’s involvement in a proposal to transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. At the same time, the Committee published an interim staff report pointing to significant concerns raised by National Security Counsel whistleblowers of “the potential procedural and legal violations” arising from the proposed transfer. Trump...

Maryland State Senate Introduces a Bill to Establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program

Posted  02/15/19
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In a time of increasing concern about climate change and environmental destruction, one state is ramping up efforts to conserve natural resources and encourage everyday citizens to join the fight. Just last week, the Maryland State Senate introduced a bill to establish a Natural Resources Whistleblower Program to assist enforcement activities related to the protection of state parks, water, forests, and land. The...

WATCH THIS SPACE: DOJ and DOE Call Out Lockheed Martin for Self-Dealing at Hanford Plutonium Site

Posted  02/15/19
By Jessica T. Moore
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The nation’s largest toxic cleanup site has suffered another setback, this time not in the cleanup itself but in alleged self-dealing, corruption, kickbacks, and lies, costing taxpayers over $60M, according to a complaint filed by DOJ against Mission Support Alliance, Lockheed Martin Services (and a subsidiary), and Jorge Francisco Armijo. The Hanford Nuclear Site in central Washington state made plutonium for...

Constantine Cannon Partner Mary Inman Comments on Importance of Anonymity for Whistleblowers to Government Accountability Project

Posted  02/15/19
London partner Mary Inman was recently quoted in DC-based Government Accountability Project (GAP)’s blog post about effective whistleblower protection in emerging international laws. Among other priorities, the long-standing Government Accountability Project brings attention to important whistleblower issues, corporate and financial accountability, and international whistleblower rights – issues that are...
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