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Whistleblowers Save Taxpayers $3.4 Billion

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Whistleblowers save taxpayers millions of dollarsLast week, the Department of Justice announced that it collected $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements from False Claim Act (FCA) cases against the government in 2017. The FCA is a statute that allows individual whistleblowers, called relators in this context, to file lawsuits on behalf of the government. Known as Lincoln’s Law, the FCA was originally passed in the Civil… 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… 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 ChargesWashington 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… Continue Reading

Justice Department’s First Public Statement on Supreme Court’s Unanimous Escobar Decision Slams Toyobo’s “Half-Truths” in Pending False Claims Act Whistleblower Suit

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Department of JusticeWashington, D.C. June 22, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a Notice of Supplemental Authority in a pending False Claims Act case, U.S. ex rel. Westrick v. Second Chance Body Armor, et al., No. 04-0280 (D.D.C.), setting forth the DOJ’s official position on the impact of the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision announced last week in Universal Health… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Receive Rewards in False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
The Department of Justice announced settlements in the listed False Claims Act lawsuits, January through May 2016. The Act permits cases to be brought under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. Over 42 billion dollars has been recovered from government contract fraud… Continue Reading

June 2015 False Claims Act Settlements, Part 1

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
Mortgage fraud, false claims actThe Department of Justice announced settlements in the following False Claims Act lawsuits: First Tennessee Bank N.A. Agrees to Pay $212.5 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Liability Arising from FHA-Insured Mortgage Lending First Tennessee Bank N.A. has agreed to pay the United States $212.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and… Continue Reading

Millions Recovered In DOJ False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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… Continue Reading

Recent False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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… Continue Reading

DOJ False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
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… Continue Reading

Action Alert Asks Congress to Fix the FBI Whistleblower Program

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, News
Urgent Action Needed!! The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a critical hearing Wednesday, March 4, 2015 on FBI whistleblowers.  They will hear testimony from current and former FBI agents and the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center describing how FBI whistleblowers are subjected to illegal retaliation, and how the system designed to protect them is “broken.” Take Action and… Continue Reading

Recent False Claims Act Settlements

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam
The Department of Justice recently announced the following settlements in False Claims Act cases: United States Settles False Claims Act Suit Against Good Shepherd Hospice Inc. and Related Entities Good Shepherd Hospice Inc. agreed to pay $4 million to resolve allegations that Good Shepherd submitted false claims for hospice patients who were not terminally ill. Good Shepherd is a for-profit… Continue Reading

Nearly $6 Billion Recovered Using False Claims Act In 2014

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), it obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This is the first time the DOJ has exceeded $5 billion in cases under the False Claims Act, and brings total recoveries… Continue Reading

DOJ Releases Report on FBI Whistleblower Protections

Posted in News
Yesterday, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden expressed optimism that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whistleblowers may receive better protection under new guidelines outlined in a proposal to President Barack Obama.  The Department of Justice forwarded a copy of the Attorney General’s report titled “Department of Justice Report on Regulations Protecting FBI Whistleblowers.”  As I wrote in a previous post,… Continue Reading

FBI Continues Culture of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers

Posted in News
Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley announced that 11 whistleblowers have come forward revealing that FBI managers are now using Loss of Effectiveness orders to retaliate against FBI employees who report wrongdoing in the agency. “Every time we bring this to the administration’s attention, more whistleblowers come forward,” Grassley said.  “These whistleblowers never have the opportunity to make their case.  It’s stereotypical… Continue Reading

Senators Seek Release of FBI Whistleblower Report

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden sent a letter to President Obama pressing him to release a report on effectiveness of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regulations for protecting whistleblowers.  President Obama requested the report from the Attorney General almost two years ago.  The report “Protecting Whistleblowers with Access to Classified Information,” is 14-months… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Recover $98.15 Million for U. S. Taxpayers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, News
Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that Community Health Systems, Inc., the nation’s largest operator of acute care hospitals, has agreed to pay $98.15 to settle multiple lawsuits against it filed under the False Claims Act. Nine whistleblowers stepped forward to report “a deliberate corporate-driven scheme” to bilk the U.S. taxpayers of millions of dollars. This settlement illustrates the government’s emphasis… Continue Reading

Justice Department OIG: Number of Cases Impacted by FBI Lab Scandal “Is Really Unknown”

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers
On July 22, 2014, Cynthia Schnedar, Deputy Inspector General at the Justice Department, was interviewed by Federal News Radio about the DOJ OIG’s recent bombshell report documenting how DOJ failed to properly review criminal convictions that were impacted by the FBI Lab scandal in the 1990s. Notably, the OIG report found that 16 people were executed and 8 prisoners died… Continue Reading

Justice Dept. Inspector General Report Once Again Validates Whistleblower’s Allegations About FBI Lab Scandal

Posted in FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, Freedom of Information (FOIA)
But IG Recommendations Fall Far Short Twenty. Years. Yesterday, July 16, 2014, the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its third report of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Lab misconduct first alleged twenty years ago – in 1994 – by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst. Washington Post Investigative Reporter Spencer S. Hsu, in his coverage of this latest report,… Continue Reading

Obama Administration Uses Privacy Act To Limit Congressional Oversight

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
The Washington Times reports today that  the Obama Administration is accused of using a broad interpretation of federal privacy statutes to block Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley from pursuing investigations such as “‘Fast and Furious’ gun-running scandal to the questioning of judicial nominees,” the article states. The article details how the Department of Justice invoked the Privacy Act to  bar the Senator  from… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Scores Victory Over Justice Department Privacy Violations

Posted in Government Whistleblowers
On January 15, 2013 U.S. District Court Judge Robert H. Cleland issued a key ruling in support of Justice Department whistleblower Richard G. Convertino in his longstanding Privacy Act lawsuit against the DOJ. The Court ordered the Detroit Free Press to produce all documents related to how the Justice Department smeared its former star prosecutor, Richard Convertino, after Convertino exposed serous flaws in the government's "war on terror."… Continue Reading

Twenty Years Later, DOJ Finally Admits Mistakes

Posted in FBI Whistleblowers, Forensic Justice, News
Readers of The Washington Post found out this morning that the FBI and DOJ are launching the largest post-conviction case review in American history. Readers of the Whistleblower Protection Blog know that this review should have begun twenty years ago when Dr. Frederic Whitehurst first exposed problems in the FBI crime lab. This year, Dr. Whitehurst’s allegations have come back… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Spur $1.5 Billion Off-Label Marketing Settlement

Posted in Pharmaceuticals, Whistleblowing Works
Whistleblowers have succeeded in a $1.5 billion off-label marketing case against Abbott Laboratories Inc., the Department of Justice announced today. Combined, the $700 million criminal fines and $800 million civil fines are the second largest government recovery from a drug company in history. The Department of Justice intervened after four whistleblowers filed suit against the company. These plaintiffs provided original… Continue Reading