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COVID Frauds of the Week: More Fraud on the PPP

Posted  05/22/20
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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...

LET THE WHISTLES BLOW . . . .

Posted  05/14/20
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OpEd by Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman Published In New York Daily News Add Dr. Rick Bright to the list of coronavirus whistleblowers silenced or sidelined for trying to push truth over politics as we battle this deadly scourge. He was just ousted from his post as director of the HHS agency working on a COVID-19 vaccine for what he claims was his refusal to support a “game-changing” supposed cure President...

COVID Frauds of the Week: First Charges for Fraud on the PPP

Posted  05/8/20
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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, so too do the reports of brazen fraud against the vulnerable and the government programs designed to help them.  Like last week, here in our new feature we will focus on some noteworthy trends in government enforcement in this unfortunate new area of fraud.

Fraud on Government Spending

Notably, we have seen the first of what will undoubtedly be many government enforcement actions...

Antitrust Violations, COVID-19, and the False Claims Act

Posted  04/23/20
By Leah Judge
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As the federal government spends trillions of dollars to fight the coronavirus pandemic and alleviate its economic fallout, we can expect to see large chunks of that money misused and misappropriated by bad actors.  Now more than ever, we’ll need whistleblowers to come forward to report what they see on the ground, whether it’s an unqualified company seeking Paycheck Protection Program funds intended for small...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Call on Whistleblowers to Help Guard the Floodgates of Fraud

Posted  04/17/20
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No matter how dire the issues facing the country, whenever the government hangs out a sign advertising free money, it invites rampant fraud.  News stories already abound of fraudsters preying on coronavirus fears, and the massive stimulus expenditures by the federal government, necessary as they are, will require enormous oversight to prevent fraudulent claims. With the government injecting $2 trillion into the...

Read the Second Place Winner’s Essay in Constantine Cannon’s Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  03/10/20
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Constantine Cannon is excited to share the second place essay in our first annual Scholarship Essay Writing Contest.  The contest asked entrants to discuss the importance of whistleblowers.  Our second place winner, Hannah Fitzmorris, wrote about the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program which “empowers ordinary citizens in positions of relative power disadvantage to utilize the tools of morality and duty of...

“Objective Falsity” Is Not Required Under the False Claims Act: A Legally False Opinion May Suffice

Posted  03/6/20
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In a significant win for whistleblowers, a federal appellate court held this week that, in order to determine liability under the False Claims Act, a whistleblower need not prove that a claim is “objectively” false.  Instead, the Court held that, consistent with common law, a claim can be false under the FCA if based not on objectively verifiable facts, but on non-compliance with statutory or regulatory...

Read the Essay Submitted by Will Powell Watson in the Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  03/6/20
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Constantine Cannon is excited to share the essay that placed third in our first annual Scholarship Essay Writing Contest.  The contest asked entrants to submit an essay addressing the important role whistleblowers play, and steps that can be taken to support and protect them.  Entrants were encouraged to relate a personal whistleblower experience or describe a whistleblower who inspired them. Our third-place...

Read the Essay Submitted by Katelyn Jackson in the Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship Contest

Posted  02/28/20
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Our whistleblower team received dozens of inspired essays from law students across the United States in our first annual Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship.  The contest asked entrants to submit an essay addressing the important role whistleblowers play, and steps that can be taken to support and protect them.  Entrants were encouraged to relate a personal whistleblower experience or describe a whistleblower...

Constantine Cannon Law School Scholarship Recipients: Fifth Place Essay

Posted  02/20/20
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Constantine Cannon is delighted to share the essay that placed fifth in our first annual Scholarship Essay Writing Contest.  The contest asked entrants to discuss the importance of whistleblowers.  Our fifth place winner, Sahdia Khan, wrote about a whistleblower who inspired her, British Intelligence Specialist Katharine Gun.  As Ms. Khan writes, Gun, who exposed the United States’ top-secret request that Great...
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