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New Whistleblower Retaliation Allegations Raised Against Commerce IG

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
Whistleblower Advocacy Groups Call for Removal of Commerce IG Zinser

The Washington Post reports today that there is a new allegation of whistleblower retaliation against the Commerce  inspector general’s office. Commerce IG Todd Zinser has been under fire since the Office of Special Counsel in 2013 determined that two of Zinser’s trusted allies — his counsel Wade Green and longtime friend Rick Beitel, the principal assistant inspector general for whistleblower protection — retaliated against two whistleblowers in the office.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, the ranking Democrat on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, is once again calling for the dismissal of Todd Zinser.  During a lengthy floor speech in March, Johnson outlined a series of “endemic failing in Mr. Zinser’s leadership” which includes whistleblower retaliation. 

Read the full article here:  New allegation of whistleblower retaliation at Commerce inspector general’s office

Past Blogs on Zinser:

Whistleblower Advocacy Groups Call for Removal of Commerce IG Zinser

House Investigation Reveals Commerce IG’s Pattern of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Statement Of The National Whistleblower Center On The Role Of Whistleblowers In Disclosing The FIFA Bribery Scandal

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, News
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Washington, D.C. May 28, 2015. Stephen M. Kohn, the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, issued the following statement today regarding the role of whistleblowers in the FIFA bribery scandal:

“Yesterday the world was shocked by well documented revelations of widespread corruption and bribery within FIFA, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. According to press accounts, an “insider” within FIFA provided key evidence used by the United States in securing the indictments and some of the convictions that were publicly announced.

“As the FIFA case demonstrates, many U.S. anti-bribery and corruption laws have worldwide application. What is less well known is that non-U.S. citizens have the right to confidentially or anonymously blow the whistle under most of these laws, and fully qualify for large monetary rewards. “ Continue Reading

FCA Whistleblowers Celebrate Partial Victory at Supreme Court

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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The Supreme Court handed down a ruling today in Kellogg Brown & Root v. United States ex rel. Carter, holding that whistleblowers don’t get extra time to file civil false-claims lawsuits when the United States is at war. However, the Court was unanimous in finding that it was improper for the trial court to dismiss Carter’s one live claim under the first-to-file rule.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion for the Court stating, “Not only does petitioners’ argument push the term ‘pending’ far beyond the breaking point, but it would lead to strange results that Congress is unlikely to have wanted.”

Stephen M. Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center and an author of the NWC’s amicus brief, made the following statement about the Court’s ruling:

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FCA Settlements Bring In Millions From Medicare Fraud

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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The Department of Justice recently announced the settlements, listed below, in False Claims Act cases. The False Claims Act permits private parties to sue on behalf of the government those who falsely claim federal funds or avoid paying funds owed to the government.  The United States may intervene in and take over the lawsuit.  The False Claims Act also allows the whistleblower to receive a share of any funds recovered through the lawsuit. The False Claims Act is one of the most powerful tools to combat government contract fraud.  Continue Reading

Breakthrough in Protecting International Whistleblowers who Report Bribery and Corruption

Posted in International

Breakthrough For International Whistleblowers

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

LIVE INTERNATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER SEMINAR 

26 MAY 2015

The Luna-Centre for Responsible Democracy is co-sponsoring an important international seminar on how whistleblowers from around the world can use U.S. laws to expose corruption.

“Breakthrough in Protecting International Whistleblowers: Non-United States Citizens Now Entitled to Whistleblower Protections and Rewards” will take place at the Unitic Business Center, Sarajevo, BiH, on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1).

The seminar will be broadcast via free LIVE STREAM starting at 11 a.m. (CEST, GMT+1).  Visit the Global Whistleblower website to access the free LIVE STREAM.

Stephen M. Kohn, a preeminent whistleblower attorney from the United States, will host the seminar. Mr. Kohn will explain how whistleblowers can use U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to expose corruption and obtain rewards regardless of their country of citizenship. Mr. Kohn represented the UBS/Swiss bank whistleblower who obtained a $104 million award from the U.S. government.

This informational seminar is part of the National Whistleblower Center’s International Anti-Corruption Campaign. The seminar is also co-sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with the support of the U.S. Embassy international speakers program.

DEUTSCH          ESPAÑOL        FRANÇAIS         NEDERLANDS         Русский

GREEK     ITALIANO     PORTUGUESE        العَرَبِيةُ‎‎         中文         日本語

The FCA’s Penalties Are Not Excessive

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The FCA’s Penalties Are Not Excessive

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.”

The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Fact Number 22:

The Chamber argues that the penalty provisions of the FCA, which permit civil penalty awards from $5,500 to $11,000 per claim, should be removed.  Further, it claims that “courts have almost uniformly concluded that a penalty should be awarded for each false claim submitted, which can result in an award of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars for large number of law-dollar claims.”   Continue Reading

April 2015 Whistleblower Awards List

Posted in Claim SEC Award

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower post 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, individuals have 90 calendar days to apply for an award.

View the updated list below:

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The Chamber Mischaracterized the SEC Rules for Whistleblowers

Posted in Uncategorized
The Chamber Mischaracterized the SEC Rules for Whistleblowers

The Chamber of Commerce has commenced a well-financed and aggressive lobbying campaign to undermine America’s most effective whistleblower law, the False Claims Act. To justify its anti-whistleblower campaign the Chamber published a report entitled, “Fixing the False Claims Act: the Case For Compliance-Focused Reforms.” The purpose of this blog series is to combat the Chamber’s misinformation, and explain why the False Claims Act must be protected.

Fact Number 21:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), after engaging in the most comprehensive government review of whistleblower reward programs ever undertaken, rejected many of the same proposals now being rehashed by the Chamber.  In 2010-11 the SEC solicited thoughtful and well documented comments related to structuring a rewards program for securities-fraud whistleblowers.  Continue Reading

Whistleblower Received $600,000 from SEC

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
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On April 28, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an award to a whistleblower of $600,000. The whistleblower was given the award for providing key original information that led to a successful enforcement action in connection with In the Matter of Paradigm Capital Management, Inc. and Candace King Weir, File No. 3-15930 (June 16, 2014). The whistleblower in this matter suffered unique hardships, including retaliation, as a result of reporting to the SEC.

The SEC charged Paradigm with retaliating against the whistleblower after the firm learned that the whistleblower reported potential misconduct to the Commission.  Paradigm immediately engaged in a series of retaliatory actions against the whistleblower including removing the whistleblower from the whistleblower’s then-current position, tasking the whistleblower with investigating the very conduct the whistleblower reported to the SEC, changing the whistleblower’s job function, stripping the whistleblower of supervisory responsibilities, and otherwise marginalizing the whistleblower.       Continue Reading