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Hospice firm pays $2.4 million after Atlanta whistleblowers cry fraud

July 8, 2017

A hospice company agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle allegations by two Atlanta whistleblowers that the company had falsely billed taxpayers after paying kickbacks to doctors for patient referrals. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said Compassionate Care Hospice Group falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid in the alleged scheme. The company is registered in […]

Supreme Court may resolve divide over whistleblower protections

July 5, 2017

The Supreme Court may finally settle one of the fiercest debates arising from the Dodd-Frank Act: What is a whistleblower and when are they protected against corporate retaliation? At issue is a lack of clarity—and plenty of legal confusion—regarding reporting baselines in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act. Confusing language in the latter is a […]

SEC Takes Aim at Broker-Dealers for Anti-Money Laundering Violations

July 4, 2017

On June 5, 2017, the SEC charged brokerage firm Alpine Securities Corporation (Alpine) with securities law violations related to its ineffective anti-money laundering program. According to the SEC’s complaint, Alpine failed to adequately file suspicious activity reports (SARs) for at least 1,950 stock transactions that the firm flagged as suspicious.  The SEC found that Alpine’s “records contained information […]

Allergan Agrees to Pay $13M in Whistleblower Case

June 30, 2017

Drugmaker Allergan has agreed to pay the federal government and several states $13 million to settle whistleblower claims that it provided business consulting and services to doctors as a way of encouraging them to prescribe the company’s eye care products. The settlement was announced June 29 in a joint statement by Pittsburgh firm Pietragallo Gordon […]

What Employment Protections are Available for SEC Whistleblowers? Chapter 3

June 26, 2017

Under Dodd-Frank, which created the SEC Whistleblower Program, employers cannot discharge, demote, suspend, harass, or in any way discriminate against employees for raising concerns about a potential securities-law violation. Remedies may include reinstatement, double back pay, litigation costs, expert-witness fees, and attorneys’ fees.

Rule 3: Follow the Money

June 22, 2017

art of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook. Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), underscores that “the single most important rule for whistleblowers is very simple: Follow the money.” Whistleblowing can be a long and difficult road, so before embarking on the journey potential […]

Congress Passes Bill To Increase Accountability Among VA Employees

June 13, 2017

The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation making it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees for misconduct while better protecting staffers who bring wrongdoing to light. The bill, dubbed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, cleared the Senate by a voice vote last week and […]

3 Whistleblower Suits Net over $60 Million in Medicare Fraud

June 12, 2017

Whistleblower lawsuits alleging Medicare fraud have been settled against two diagnostic testing companies, and a California doctor who was alleged to have falsely diagnosed cancer as a means to bill Medicare for expensive surgeries. Medicare fraud remains a prominent issue that has recently garnered renewed calls for increased federal audits and investigation.  A key factor […]

Judge upholds $1.5M award in whistleblower lawsuit

June 3, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a jury’s $1.5 million award to a North Carolina fire investigator who said she was fired after complaining about the safety of construction work at an office building. The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2sqfOj4 ) that Friday’s decision by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank Whitney is a […]

Sometimes, the IRS Makes Whistleblowers Millionaires

June 1, 2017

For most people, the IRS is a nuisance. But for whistleblowers, the agency can be a kingmaker.  In what is likely to be the largest whistleblower award in the Internal Revenue Service’s history, the agency may pay a former executive for Caterpillar (CAT) hundreds of millions of dollars for reporting on a shady tax strategy […]

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