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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.

SEC Has Record Year of Whistleblower Rewards

Posted  10/9/20
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The SEC closed out its fiscal year (September 30) with an avalanche of whistleblower awards, doling out 15 awards for a total of more than $50 million in September alone.  Six of those awards were made on September 30, clearly highlighting the SEC's desire to trumpet the success of its whistleblower program for this record-breaking year. The SEC also seems to be standing strong in its continued messaging to...

Constantine Cannon Settles Case Alleging Kickbacks to Multi-Practice Physicians’ Group for Referrals to Wholly Owned Ambulatory Surgery Center – Whistleblower Was Former CEO

Posted  10/9/20
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Constantine Cannon, on behalf of whistleblower Jeffery Neuberger, has settled a False Claims Act action against Mid Dakota Clinic and a related entity.  Mr. Neuberger, the former CEO of the medical group, filed his case in 2017 alleging a scheme in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) between the medical group and its wholly owned ambulatory surgery center (ASC).  At issue was a financial arrangement whereby...

A horrifying cancer cluster story emphasizes the need for more environmental whistleblowers

Posted  10/8/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
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Mother Jones recently published a harrowing account of a scientific mystery—why did a number of otherwise healthy young women develop a rare eye cancer in the Lake Norman region of North Carolina?  Through a detailed and nuanced portrait of the women, their families, and a regional fight for justice and accountability, the story’s author, Arielle Emmett, makes clear that no government regulator, independent body,...

Constantine Cannon Celebrates a Record-Shattering Year of Whistleblower Rewards

Posted  10/8/20
Whistleblower Rewards
This has been a big year for the whistleblower clients of Constantine Cannon. Our whistleblower team represented the whistleblowers in four blockbuster settlements in just the past twelve months.  In two of those cases, the government declined to pursue the matter so we had to litigate on our own. More importantly for our clients, in all four cases Constantine Cannon secured some of the highest whistleblower...

COVID Frauds of the Week: Fraudulently Claiming PPP Loans

Posted  10/2/20
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This week, DOJ took action against two large alleged frauds on the Paycheck Protection Program.  In Hawaii and North Carolina, individuals were charged with fraudulently claiming loans from the critical relief program. In North Carolina, Tristan Pan found himself charged with wire and bank fraud, plus unlawful monetary transactions, for an alleged scheme to get bogus PPP loans.  He allegedly cooked up a series of...

This Week in Whistleblower History: The Hall Carbine Affair and Defense Procurement Fraud

Posted  10/2/20
This week marks the first public unveiling of a fascinating—and still disputed—event in whistleblower history called the “Hall Carbine Affair.”  Arising out of the investigative activities of a U.S. House Special Committee at the start of the Civil War into rampant defense procurement fraud, the scandal involved the government sale and then repurchase of obsolete rifles for the Union Army at grossly inflated...

NASAA Approves Model Whistleblower Award and Protection Act with Changes Recommended by Constantine Cannon Attorneys

Posted  10/2/20
By Chris McLamb
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Earlier this year, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) proposed a Model Whistleblower Award and Protection Act that would help states bolster their securities enforcement by incentivizing whistleblowers.  Constantine Cannon attorneys Eric Havian, Michael Ronickher, and Chris McLamb teamed up with Alexis Ronickher of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP to comment on the proposal, encouraging NASAA...

Catch of the Week: 345 Charged in $6 Billion National Health Care Fraud and Opioid Takedown

Posted  10/2/20
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In the largest health care fraud and opioid enforcement action in the Justice Department’s history, 345 defendants—including more than 100 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—face charges for submitting over $6 billion in false or fraudulent claims to federal and private insurers.  Defendants stand accused of submitting $4.5 billion in fraudulent claims linked to telemedicine, $845 million...

The FinCEN Files Prove We Need an Anti-Money-Laundering Whistleblower Program

Posted  09/25/20
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The FinCEN Files. It sounds ominous, and recalls the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers, and others. Like those earlier stories, the FinCEN Files expose powerful players, including a large number of highly regulated banking giants. December 2020 Update: New NDAA Monday Laundering Whistleblower Reward ProvisionsThe FinCEN Files, published by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists and BuzzFeed News, document over 200,000 suspicious financial transactions via documents leaked...

With over $136 million in Whistleblower Awards in 2020, the SEC Amends the Rules of its Whistleblower Program

Posted  09/25/20
By Carolina Gonzalez
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In a public meeting held earlier this week, the SEC approved - by a 3-2 vote - several changes to its remarkably successful whistleblower program. Most notably, the Commission withdrew a 2018 contentious proposal which would have authorized it to reduce the amount of money in rewards issued in large enforcement actions where at least $100 million were collected. Moreover, all five Commissioners recognized the...
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