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Importance of Whistleblowers

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Whistleblower Reward Programs Work, Harvard Business School Study Says

Posted  05/7/21
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A team of researchers from Harvard Business School published study results showing whistleblower incentive programs work to expose corporate misconduct. Financial rewards also help to compensate whistleblowers for costs flowing from their decision to come forward, the paper said. The study contradicts various claims by critics of programs that offer cash incentives for blowing the whistle, according to its authors....

CFTC: Looking for a Few Good Whistleblowers

Posted  05/7/21
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When it comes to their respective whistleblower programs, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) does not get the same respect or attention the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) does.  That is largely because the SEC Whistleblower Program has been an unparalleled success, with whistleblower awards being made (and highly promoted) virtually every week or two.  Last year was a record-breaking year for...

Want to Fix the Trillion Dollar Tax Gap? How Whistleblowers Can Help

Posted  04/23/21
Earlier this month, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles P. Rettig testified before the Senate Finance Committee, addressing the 2021 filing season and the “21st Century IRS.”  At the hearing, Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) raised the topic of the tax gap, referring to the difference between the total taxes that are legally owed, and the total taxes that are paid by individuals and entities. ...

As COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Flow, DOJ Puts Fraudsters on Notice and Calls Whistleblowers “Essential”

Posted  04/2/21
On March 11th, President Biden signed The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a sweeping economic stimulus plan that will pump $1.9 trillion into the US economy. In addition to direct relief to Americans, ARPA includes record-setting government spending in numerous areas to speed recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession. As we have previously written,...

Corruption in humanitarian relief and development programs: How to report USAID fraud

Posted  03/25/21
Late last week, the Department of Justice announced that the International Rescue Committee had agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle allegations that it had participated in a scheme to rig contract bids and then passed on inflated costs to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  IRC, a New York-based humanitarian relief organization, received funding from USAID to provide humanitarian...

Disturbing New Evidence Suggests Fraud Underlies Five-Star Ratings for Some Nursing Homes

Posted  03/19/21
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Twelve years after the implementation of the nursing-home star-ratings system, a disturbing New York Times exposé and a lawsuit by California against Brookdale Senior Living reveals how the ratings are manipulated to the detriment of families in their time of crisis.  The NYT’s investigation and California’s allegations in combination paint the troubling picture of profits tied to higher star ratings, and...

Honoring Women Who Have Become Whistleblowers

Posted  03/8/21
March is Women’s History Month in countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, and March 8th is celebrated as International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is both a celebration of the many achievements of women, and a day to call for action to accelerate women’s equality.  In this spirit, the whistleblower attorneys at Constantine Cannon would like to honor the unique contributions...

The False Claims Act: It Benefits More than Just the Government

Posted  03/5/21
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The False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law, encourages private individuals, such as whistleblowers, to come forward and file suit against unscrupulous government contractors, and share in the government's recovery. The passage of the law was inspired by contractors selling the Union Army bags of sand as flour, lame mules as cavalry horses, and glued-together rags as uniforms. The main purpose of the law is, of...

DOJ Previews False Claims Act Enforcement Priorities for 2021

Posted  03/5/21
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The False Claims Act is the federal government's primary enforcement tool to combat fraud against the public.  Every year the government recovers billions of dollars under the statute, primarily with the help of whistleblowers.  Under the so-called qui tam provisions of the act, whistleblowers are authorized to act as private attorneys general and bring lawsuits on behalf of the government and recover a portion of...

Arizona Software Glitch Keeps Prisoners Incarcerated, Until the Whistleblowers Showed Up

Posted  03/5/21
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In a story straight out of a dystopian novel, a faulty computer system has kept Arizona prisoners locked up beyond their release date.  A government contractor, Business & Decision, North America, built a system that is supposed to calculate each person’s release date.  In exchange, the contractor received $24 million from the state.  The system, however, didn’t work, leaving hundreds of people behind bars who...
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