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While Whistleblower News Review reports on people who uncover companies defrauding the U.S. taxpayers, the whistleblower lawsuits they bring under the False Claims Act and its spinoffs, and policy news related to all this, the Whistleblower News Review Editorial Section is something else.

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Book Review SAINTS, SINNERS, AND HEROES – Covert Ops in the War against the C-Suite Mafia, author Brian Mahany

Book Review SAINTS, SINNERS, AND HEROES – Covert Ops in the War against the C-Suite Mafia, author Brian Mahany

The ultimate whistleblower handbook, featuring numerous real life examples and case studies. By one of America’s most visible whistleblower attorneys.
Author and multi-billion-dollar lawsuit-winning lawyer Brian Mahany opens his informative and entertaining book on whistleblowers with a section entitled “The Whistleblower's Toolbox.” In clear and unambiguous language, it explains in detail all the basic legislation regulating the actions of whistleblowers in...

The Divorcée Whistleblower: A Gold Digger’s Guide to Exposing Your Ex and His Company

The Divorcée Whistleblower: A Gold Digger’s Guide to Exposing Your Ex and His Company

LA based podcaster and writer
I just finished Soon-to-be-Ex, a Guide to the Perfect Divorce and Relaunch, nothing less than a tour de force by Manhattan’s titan of divorce, lawyer Jacqueline Newman.
So far as I can tell, she’s the go-to-gal for divorcing Upper East Side New Yorkers (meaning the rich ones) – the book written especially for women. The brilliant and sometimes hilarious book systematically describes how to destroy your spouse in court, as well as guiding you through the treacherous...

Top FCA Cases In FY 2016: Whistleblowers Help Recover $2.9 Billion

Top FCA Cases In FY 2016: Whistleblowers Help Recover $2.9 Billion

The U.S. Justice Department has achieved its third highest annual recovery in False Claims Act (FCA) history, recovering over $4.7 billion from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the Justice Department reported Wednesday.
Of the $4.7 billion for FY 2016, the largest fraction, $2.5 billion in Federal losses, came from the health care industry. Recoveries from the financial industry fell in second place, with settlements and...

Medicare Thief? Tenet Strikes Again: Serial Offender Offers $513M FCA Settlement

Medicare Thief? Tenet Strikes Again: Serial Offender Offers $513M FCA Settlement

In yet another health care fraud case involving Dallas-based hospital owner/operator, Tenet Healthcare Corp., the company announced it has agreed to pay the United States $513.8 million to resolve long-running civil and criminal allegations that it paid illegal kickbacks for referrals of pregnant, undocumented Hispanic women.

Former hospital chief financial officer, Ralph Williams, filed the 2009 whistleblower claim (qui tam lawsuit) that led to the government investigation. He was fired that same year.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, you probably have. Tenet Healthcare is a serial offender with a reprehensible history of alleged health care fraud. The company has twice set the record for largest hospital fraud settlements. In 1994, Tenet paid $380 million in the U.S. Justice Department’s largest settlement in history at that time....


Pharmageddon’s Eve? Unsafe Drugs Prescribed by U.S. Doctors – Medicare Pays

Pharmageddon’s Eve? Unsafe Drugs Prescribed by U.S. Doctors – Medicare Pays

Pharmageddon: A dystopian scenario wherein medicine and the pharmaceuticals industry have a net detrimental effect on human health and medical progress does more harm than good.
Prescription drugs were created to heal and prevent health problems, but since the FDA facilitated speedy drug approvals and relaxed drug marketing regulations in the 1990s, U.S. doctors have been prescribing unsafe drugs in alarming numbers.
The pharmaceutical drug culture across America is unparalleled in...

Whistleblower Psychology: The Experts Weigh In, Part 2

Situational properties play a major role in the motivations behind blowing the whistle. A group of Psychology and Management researchers, Drs. James Dungan, Adam Waytz and Liane Young with Boston College and Northwestern University, published a 2015 study reporting that whether a company emphasizes an atmosphere of fairness or loyalty can tip the scale toward or away from whistleblowing potential.
Increased emphasis on fairness increased whistleblowing, while increased emphasis on loyalty...

Whistleblower Psychology: The Experts Weigh In, Part 1

When Paradigm Capitol Management’s former head trader discovered his company’s owner, Candace Weir, owned a broker-dealer that was doing transactions with Paradigm while trading for a hedge-fund client, the employee reported the alleged conflict of interest to the SEC.
Weir didn’t take it lightly to say the least. Paradigm immediately demoted the trader from his position, assigning this new task – investigating the very misconduct he reported. The employee’s...

Panama Papers Whistleblower's Powerful Message

Panama Papers Whistleblower's Powerful Message

Not long after a recent study highlighted some of the workings of whistleblower fear and risk perception, the anonymous source who brought us the Panama Papers has released a statement that sheds new light on the quest of whistleblowers all over the world.

Panama Papers’ John Doe Wasn’t in it for the Money

Judging from the document, the person responsible for the Panama Papers leak was not after fame or money, but rather in a quest for truth and political transparency. The statement was published on the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which was also home to the original reporting on the leak....


New Book Predicts Increasing Prosecutions of Individuals Part 2

New Book Predicts Increasing Prosecutions of Individuals Part 2
A review of Michael Volkov's “A Return to Common Sense”

When trying to make a point, Michael Volkov’s new book A Return to Common Sense resorts to statistics rather than to unsubstantiated opinions. When the author discusses the trend of Deferred- and Non-Prosecution Agreements in criminal cases of corporations, he has plenty of examples to back up his views; roughly half of all criminal cases are resolved with a DPA or an NPA each year.

Likewise, the author has a wealth of serious violations by top corporations to list when it comes to adding a name to those DPAs and NPAs. From government bribery to mortgage fraud and tax evasion, and virtually every corporate crime under the sun, it would seem that DPAs and NPAs can solve it all, or can’t they?...


New book by former federal prosecutor hails a new era of individual prosecutions in DOJ cases against corporations (Part 1)

New book by former federal prosecutor hails a new era of individual prosecutions in DOJ cases against corporations (Part 1)
A Review of Michael Volkov's “A Return to Common Sense”

In A RETURN TO COMMON SENSE, The Justice Department’s Latest Attempts to Deter Corporate Criminals, Michael Volkov explores the Department of Justice’s post-Yates memorandum goals and expectations in dealing with corporate misconduct.

After his influential previous books, “Question Everything: Effective Due Diligence and Third-Party Risk Management” and “The Art of the Internal Investigation,” Volkov delivers a concise and clear book that will make essential reading for corporate lawyers, lawmakers, and prosecuting officials alike....