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Today is the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 FCA Qui Tam Amendments

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
30th Anniversary of the 1986 amendments to the FCA

Washington, D.C. October 27, 2016.  Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 amendments to the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Since these amendments were passed, the FCA has proven to be the most effective anti-fraud law in the United States, recovering over $48 billion from those who defrauded the U.S. government. Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Participates in International Anti-Corruption Conference in Belgrade

Posted in International

Today, the NWC’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn will take part in the “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources” conference in Belgrade, Serbia. This international conference, hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information runs from Thursday the 27th through Friday the 28th of October.

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Brazilian Aircraft Maker Settles Bribery Charges for $205 Million

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers, International

On Tuesday October 25th, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a global settlement along with the U.S. Department of Justice and Brazilian authorities that requires aircraft manufacturer Embraer S.A. to pay more than $205 million to resolve alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

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Attorney General Lynch: U.S. Committed to Fighting International Fraud and Corruption

Posted in International

Cites FCPA & FCA as powerful detection and enforcement tools

In remarks delivered to a group of Italian and American leaders and law enforcement officials on Thursday in Rome, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch highlighted the powerful tools the United States is using to fight international fraud and corruption. Lynch also gave assurances to the group that the United States is committed to fighting corruption noting that “we are working tirelessly to detect corruption and bring wrongdoers to justice – no matter how powerful the actors, no matter how complex the crimes, and no matter where the crimes take place.” Continue Reading

UBS Whistleblower Gives Behind the Scenes Look into Swiss Bank Secrecy

Posted in News, Tax Whistleblowers
UBS Whistleblower Chronicles the Demise of Swiss Banking Secrecy

In 2012, Bradley Birkenfeld made history when he obtained the largest whistleblower reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the twenty-five year history of federal qui tam or whistleblower reward laws, for reporting IRS Tax Fraud.  Continue Reading

Wildlife Advocates Doubt Fake Rhino Horn Scheme Will End Illegal Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
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Pembient, a U.S. Company, is using 3D technology to engineer ‘cultured’ rhino horn containing a mixture of real rhino DNA signature and keratin. Pembient believes it can reduce the economic incentive for poachers by flooding the market with the synthetic horn at very low cost, therefore driving down the demand for the real thing.  However, the product has been controversial, especially among wildlife conservation advocates, who argue the sale of cultured rhino horn could exacerbate the problem, rather than alleviate it. Continue Reading

SEC Announces Record Year Standing Up for Whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers

Washington, D.C.  October 12, 2016. The Securities and Commodities Exchange(SEC) announced yesterday that fiscal year 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, was a record year for SEC enforcement. The agency reached new highs in enforcement in all areas, especially for whistleblowers. Continue Reading

FBI Whistleblowers Ask Federal Circuit to Uphold Whistleblower Protections for FBI Employees

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers

October 12, 2016. Washington, D.C. Monday, the National Whistleblower Center and FBI whistleblowers Fred Whitehurst, Jane Turner, Mike German and Robert Kobus (Amici) filed an amicus curiae brief in a case before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief was filed in Parkinson v. Department of Justice in support of John C. Parkinson, a former FBI special agent and Iraq war veteran. Continue Reading

Och-Ziff Hedge Fund Pays Over $400 Million to Settle Foreign Bribery Charges

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
Och-Ziff Hedge Fund Pays Over $400 Million to Settle Foreign Bribery Charges

Washington D.C. October 9, 2016.  Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (Och-Ziff), A New York-based alternative investment and hedge fund manager, agreed to pay a combined total amount of U.S. criminal and regulatory penalties of approximately $412 million to settle charges it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  In separate announcements yesterday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) each described the actions of Och-Ziff which led to the charges the company violated the FCPA. Continue Reading

Anheuser Busch InBev Settles SEC Claim It Silenced Employee

Posted in Claim SEC Award, Corporate Whistleblowers
SEC Settles Charges Against Anheuser-Busch InBev for Illegally Gagging Employee & FCPA Violations

Washington, D.C. October 5, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and chilled a whistleblower who reported the misconduct. Continue Reading