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IRS Whistleblower Report to Congress Signals a Brighter Future

Posted  02/19/16
By Marlene Koury (published in AccountingWEB) The IRS Whistleblower Office recently released its annual report to Congress reflecting a pretty good year, with hope for a better year to come.  The IRS reported that in fiscal year 2015, it made 99 awards to whistleblowers totaling more than $103 million – more than double the amount of money it awarded whistleblowers in the previous year. The apparent success...

DOJ Announces Another Banner Year For False Claims Act Recoveries -- Whistleblowers Continue to Lead the Charge

Posted  12/4/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Yesterday, to much fanfare, the Department of Justice announced it had obtained more than $3.5 billion in False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries for its fiscal year 2015.  It is the fourth year in a row the $3.5 billion mark has been crossed, and brings to more than $26 billion the total FCA recoveries the government has obtained since 2009.  And once again, as the DOJ made clear...

SEC Releases Whistleblower Report for 2014: The Best Year Yet

Posted  11/20/14
By Marlene Koury The SEC just released its 2014 Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program report reflecting a record year in both the rewards it has paid and the tips it has received. The SEC issued whistleblower awards to more people in 2014 than in all previous years combined. And the SEC received more than 3,500 tips from whistleblowers, up by 20% from the previous couple of years. It received tips from every state and...

Another Record Year for DOJ Whistleblower Recoveries

Posted  01/16/14
whistleblower_successesBy the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The DOJ just released its annual compilation of False Claims Act (FCA) statistics.  Once again, the numbers are sure to raise eyebrows.  Overall, the DOJ recovered $3.8 billion during FY 2013 – an amount second only to last year’s record-breaking recovery of almost $5 billion.  Neither of these figures reflects criminal fines and forfeitures or state recoveries for...

Banner Year for Whistleblowers and the Public, No End in Sight

Posted  10/12/12
By Jason Enzler Fiscal Year 2012 just wound up and the results are in for the government’s total recoveries in False Claims Act cases:  $9 billion in fines and penalties.  This is over twice that of last year’s tally of $4 billion.  And all but one of the top 25 recoveries involved cases where individuals blew the whistle.  This past year also included some other notable firsts:
  • The largest recovery in...