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This archive includes posts from our “Top Ten” series, in which the Whistleblower Insider blog reviews notable government enforcement actions and whistleblower news – not always in groups of ten.  Return to:

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Top Ten Federal Financial and Healthcare Fraud Prison Sentences of 2022

Posted  02/2/23
Financial and healthcare fraud often can carry stiff monetary penalties for entities facing government enforcement, as shown on our other Top Ten Lists. Whistleblowers reporting wrongful conduct under one of the federal whistleblower reward laws sometimes find that criminal authorities are as interested in their allegations as civil enforcement agencies and authorities. Fraud can also result in criminal charges and...

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Recoveries of 2022

Posted  02/1/23
stock market numbers
In 2022, the SEC and CFTC redoubled their efforts to preserve market integrity and shut down financial frauds.  Both in size and composition, the agencies’ major recoveries look quite different from a year prior.  2021 was all about crypto, with four of the top ten recoveries relating to crypto offerings or exchanges.  With the recent collapse of the crypto market—exposing some of the biggest frauds since the...

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2022

Posted  02/1/23
2022 was a big year for whistleblowers, who once again recouped billions of government dollars and in turn received hundreds of millions in whistleblower rewards.  This year’s top rewards came from various government whistleblower programs, including the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act, various state False Claims Act programs, and the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program. Below is a...

Top Ten Federal Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  02/1/23
Federal enforcement of financial fraud takes many forms.  This year, thanks to positive developments in the world of money-laundering enforcement, we have expanded our Top Ten Lists related to federal financial fraud. In addition to documenting SEC and CFTC enforcement actions, FCPA enforcement, and money-laundering enforcement, the following list focuses on financial fraud in other realms. The Consumer Financial...

Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/27/23
This year’s Top Ten Non-Healthcare False Claims Act Recoveries exhibit the False Claim Act’s (FCA) enduring ability to combat corporate misconduct across distinct industries.  In 2022, the United States recovered hundreds of millions in taxpayer funds falsely obtained by defendants through bribery and bid-rigging schemes, mortgage underwriting fraud, fraudulent loan applications, fraud in the energy sector, and...

Top Ten State Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/19/23
State and local governments play a critical role in ensuring that businesses and individuals are held accountable if they commit healthcare fraud, financial fraud, government contract fraud, and more. For whistleblowers, state governments can offer additional opportunities to report wrongdoing. Where government funds are at stake – and state and local government spending reaching $3 trillion annually – more...

Top Ten FCPA Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/13/23
International Currency
In recent years, the United States government has recovered billions of dollars going after companies that bribe foreign officials in order to further their business interests, a practice that violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Two principal United States government agencies, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, investigate and prosecute FCPA violations. Whistleblowers...

Top Ten Money Laundering Enforcement Actions of 2022

Posted  01/10/23
person following a trail of money
2022 was a big year for money-laundering enforcement.  It marked the first full year that the new FinCEN money laundering whistleblower office was up and running.  And, even more remarkably, by the end of the year, the FinCEN program expanded to welcome whistleblowers with information related to sanctions violations after Constantine Cannon attorneys called for this legal change following the Russian invasion of...

Top Ten Healthcare Fraud Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/6/23
Healthcare fraud image showing stethoscope with gavel
Consistent with the trend in prior years, 2022 saw government enforcement agencies taking aim at fraud and false claims in healthcare.  As the cost of healthcare rises along with its share of the U.S. economy, the enforcement focus on healthcare fraud is likely to accelerate. And, as always, the role of whistleblowers will be critical, as demonstrated by the dominance of cases originated by whistleblowers under the...

Channeling the Inner Whistleblower in Jerry Garcia on His 80th Birthday

Posted  08/1/22
person playing string instrument
It has been more than 25 years since he left us all too soon.  But the life and legend, and most importantly, the music of Jerry Garcia and his Grateful Dead band live on.  As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of his birth (August 1, 1942), it is the perfect time to reflect on what this master musician accomplished and the impact he continues to have on so many of us today. For some, he represents a musical role...
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