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Increased Federal Funds, Incentives, and Requirements for Nursing Homes Brings Worrisome Opportunities for Fraud

Posted  06/5/20
By Jessica T. Moore
wheelchair in the hospital lobby
The pandemic has exposed the razor thin margin for error by which our most vulnerable are cared for in nursing homes. New aggregate federal data reveal the appalling toll on facility residents and staff: over 31,700 deaths as of June 4, 2020 (an undercounted 1/3 of all US COVID-19 deaths), according to the federal government’s Nursing Home Compare.  Responsive federal funding for nursing homes, requirements for...

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

Posted  06/5/20
statue of liberty spraying disinfectant with a mask over her mouth
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...

Project Proposes Legislative Action to Protect and Incentivize AML Whistleblowers

Posted  05/29/20
By Michael Ronickher
judge striking down his gavel
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
canadian flag with sky in the background
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
discarded mask and glove on ground
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.

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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
Map of US Outlining Hackathon State FCAs
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.

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

Posted  05/29/20
Logo for Global Legal Hackathon Globe picture on black background
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...

COVID Frauds of the Week: More Fraud on the PPP

Posted  05/22/20
accountant
As we enter our third month of nation-wide shelter-in-place efforts, fraudsters continue to exploit government relief programs. For the second week in a row, the Eastern District of Texas DOJ is going after a purported small business owner for defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Samuel Yates has been charged with wire fraud, bank fraud, and making false statements for allegedly submitting fraudulent loan...

Financial Times Global Legal Hackathon Targeting Pandemic Issues Raises Interest in Whistleblowers Worldwide

Posted  05/22/20
Logo for Global Legal Hackathon Globe picture on black background
In April, international business and economics newspaper The Financial Times launched a Global Legal Hackathon with a call for “organisations and individuals in the legal sector to develop solutions to problems created by the coronavirus pandemic.”  The hackathon aims to harness the collective capability, energy, and innovation of the world’s legal industry to develop multidisciplinary and technology-driven...

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