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Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Should Accept SEC Whistleblower Award

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Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Should Accept SEC Whistleblower Award

There are more effective ways to protest lax enforcement of financial fraud

Last week, it was widely reported that Eric Ben-Artzi, a Deutsche Bank whistleblower stated he will refuse a portion of his whistleblower award from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program.   Mr. Ben-Artzi had worked at the bank as a vice president and he tells an all too-familiar story of a loyal corporate insider reporting serious fraud internally only to be betrayed by corporate compliance officials and then getting fired by management.

Mr. Ben-Artzi next reported the wrongdoing to the SEC and later formally asked the SEC in 2015 to grant him a monetary award for helping the SEC to fine Deutsche Bank. After being awarded more than $8 million he says he will refuse to accept a portion of that whistleblower award (but allow his ex-wife and attorney to collect a portion of his share) as a form of protest to the SEC’s collusion with Wall Street.

However, refusing the award makes little sense, because there are more effective ways the whistleblower can protest lax enforcement and corporate fraud. Continue Reading

Four-Year Campaign Results In Historic-Win For Tax Whistleblowers

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Program Fiscal Year 2015 Report to Congress

The  following is an editorial from the National Whistleblower Center:

On August 3, 2016 the U.S. Tax Court ruled that tax whistleblowers were entitled to a reward based on monies collected in criminal fines and penalties. This landmark decision reversed the position of the Department of Treasury that severely limited the “collected proceeds” upon which a whistleblower reward could be based. Continue Reading

Agency Leaders Praise Whistleblowers, Express Need for Reforms

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers
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On Monday, August 1st, four federal agencies celebrated National Whistleblower Day with an event sponsored by the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus. This was the first time any federal agencies have ever recognized Whistleblower Day, although the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution four years in a row proclaiming July 30th as National Whistleblower Day.

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Celebrate Whistleblower Day

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National Whistleblower Day celebrates the contributions of all whistleblowers.

Recently, the National Whistleblower Center published a post on its Facebook page about the Senate’s Proclamation of July 30th, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This post has received tremendous response with over 2,300 likes, 521 shares and over 300 comments. Much of the response was supportive, but others question the sincerity of celebrating July 30th as National Whistleblower Day given how badly national security whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning have been treated.

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Whistleblower Group Demands IOC Allow Russian Whistleblower to Compete in Olympics

Posted in International, News
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On Sunday July 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed Russian whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova that she is not allowed to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite being given clearance by the International Associations of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete as a neutral athlete. The IOC ruled that Mrs. Stepanova is allowed to compete because of her previous use of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s). However, Mrs. Stepanova, whom has since had to flee her country to live secretly in the United States, is the one who blew the whistle on the recent Russian state-funded doping program. Her whistleblowing has now cost her the chance to compete in the 2016 Olympic games. Continue Reading

SEC Whistleblower Awards List June 2016

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SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal Whistleblowing

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower posts Notices of Covered Action where a final judgment or order, by itself or together with other prior judgments or orders in the same action issued after July 21, 2010, results in monetary sanctions exceeding $1 million. Subject to the Final Rules, individuals who voluntarily provided the Commission with original information after July 21, 2010 that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action listed below are eligible to apply for a whistleblower award. Once a Notice of Covered Action is posted by the SEC, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.

View the updated list below:

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Upcoming Global Wildlife Whistleblower Seminar Series

Posted in Events, News
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowers

Washington, DC – July 21, 2016 — The  (ELI) and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) have announced an upcoming seminar series on Global Wildlife Whistleblowers, scheduled for early 2017.  The first seminar in the series will explore enabling whistleblowers around the world to improve the enforcement of over 44 wildlife laws. The second seminar will address technical skills for lawyers seeking to represent wildlife whistleblowers. The seminars are currently scheduled for January 26th, 2017 and February 16th, 2017. Continue Reading

Russian Whistleblower—Olympics 2016

Posted in International, News
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Yuliya Stepanova, Russian 800-meter runner, has bravely and spectacularly blown the whistle on widespread doping inside her country. Stepanova and her husband, who worked for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), spoke out in 2014 about a sophisticated state-run doping system within Russia. A 95 page report, published this morning by the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed Mrs. Stepanova’s claims. Continue Reading

Sean McKessy, Chief of SEC’s Whistleblower Office, Leaving Agency Later This Month

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SEC Says Employees Protected For Internal Whistleblowing

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2016. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Chief of the Office of the Whistleblower, Sean McKessy, would leave the agency in July. Mr. McKessy was the first head of the SEC’s whistleblower program and helped to establish the important and effective whistleblower office.

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Senate Proclaims July 30th, 2016 A Day to Celebrate Whistleblowers

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, Legislation, News
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National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Resolution Passes by Unanimous Consent

Washington, D.C. July 8, 2016. Yesterday, U.S. Senate unanimously passed S.Res.522, designating July 30, 2016 as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

The resolution encourages all federal agencies to inform “employees, contractors working on behalf of United States taxpayers, and members of the public about the legal rights of citizens of the United States to ‘blow the whistle’ by honest and good faith reporting of misconduct, fraud, misdemeanors, or other crimes to the appropriate authorities.”  The resolution also acknowledges the contributions whistleblowers have made, at their own personal risk, “combating waste, fraud, abuse.” Continue Reading