In Their Own Words

Lincoln

— “The conduct alleged in our lawsuit is nothing short of evil.”

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino discussing the lawsuit brought by NJ against drug maker Insys

— “It was a really difficult decision. I felt strongly about serving in the civil service, and it’s really hard to leave, but Secretary (Ryan) Zinke is really acting against all of the issues that are important to the health and safety of Americans and natural resources.”

Joel Clement, the Interior Department climate change whistleblower, discussing his resignation. Click here for more.

“What’s the purpose of investigation? It is to uncover the truth. I doubt that someone’s arrest can contribute to uncovering the truth.”  

Alexey Sklyarenko, a lawyer representing Russian anti-doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, saying that said the call for Mr. Rodchenkov’s arrest by Russia was a means of exerting “psychological pressure” on his client. Click here for more.

—  “Today’s settlement shows that the government will continue to hold accountable drug companies that violate laws designed to protect the health and safety of patients.”

-Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler commenting on Aegerion’s guilty plea.

 

“If your securities trade on our exchanges and you use our banks to move ill-gotten money, then you have to abide by our country’s laws.  Telia and Coscom refused to do so, and they have been held accountable.”

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim of the Southern District of New York, commenting on the $965 million settlement involving Telia Company AB and its Uzbek subsidiary Coscom LLC for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.  Click here for more.

 

–“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

— “I could see other people, faced with a similar situation, saying, ‘I can’t live like this, I’m going to need to go back to painkillers,’ ” 

Amanda Jantzi, a member of Anthem insurance, commenting on what many patients think when non-opioid drugs are no longer covered by insurance and they need to go back to opioid painkillers.

 “Rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse is at the heart of any OIG mission, as is ensuring that contractors are accountable for every taxpayer dollar they receive.”

Steve A. Linick, Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State, commenting on the $5 million settlement with Pacific Architects and Engineers for failing to follow vetting requirements for personnel working in Afghanistan under a State Department contract for labor services.  Click here for more.

 

— “People who are brave enough to speak out about corporate wrongdoing deserve to be rewarded for the risk.”

-Australian Labor MP Andrew Leigh commenting on the Australian Parliamentary Inquiry Report on whistleblower protections

— “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting all Americans from fraud and exploitation. Few things are more despicable than defrauding vulnerable persons.  We have to do a better job of addressing this problem. This training will equip our partners in state and local law enforcement to ensure that our seniors receive justice and the criminals who defraud them receive consequences.”

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing DOJ’s new training program on elder fraud.