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Whistleblower News From The Inside -- October 20, 2017

Posted  October 20, 2017

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Verizon Paying $17 Million In FCC Fraud Case, But Could Have Been Docked Much More — The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is under fire for letting Verizon get off easy by settling a high-profile over-billing investigation. FCC chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai agreed to close the case with the carrier repaying $17 million to the government’s E-rate program that subsidizes Internet connections for schools and libraries. Though the FCC won’t publicly explain how the amount was calculated, it relates to excess payments Verizon received under the program in New York City schools thanks to a crooked consultant who was later imprisoned for fraud and theft. Verizon says it wasn’t aware of the fraud but concedes that it received some payments “in error.” Fortune

Shielding seniors from financial fraud — The illegal or improper use of a senior’s funds, property or assets is the most common form of elder abuse in the U.S., according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Annual financial fraud losses for older Americans can reach as high as $36.5 billion, according to a 2015 study cited by the CFPB. ABC News

Alabama judge dismisses fraud suit against FAU coach Lane Kiffin — An Alabama judge has dismissed a fraud lawsuit filed in March against Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported Shelby County circuit judge Lara Alvis entered the decision Oct. 10, based on a review of court documents. Former University of Alabama receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter had said Kiffin and the Florida Atlantic had offered him a job to get him to help sign a prospect and then failed to follow up on that promise. Palm Beach Post