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Former Spectrum Sales Executive Claims to Have Been Fired After Reporting Fraud

A former sales executive for Spectrum in San Antonio claims she was fired from the company in retaliation for reporting allegations of securities frauds to her bosses. She has since filed a federal lawsuit against Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications Inc., and seeks punitive damages, lost wages and a return to her job. Case background Read More

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What Have Been the Largest SEC Whistleblower Awards?

The SEC’s whistleblower award program has come a long way since it was first implemented in 2011. The pace at which awards have been given has increased quite a bit since then. Whistleblowers are eligible to receive an award when providing the agency with credible, timely and unique information that leads to a successful enforcement Read More

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SEC Awards Whistleblower $1.8 Million for Role in Exposing Misconduct

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued yet another whistleblower award in late August, granting more than $1.8 million to a whistleblower who it said provided crucial and actionable information that led to a successful enforcement action involving misconduct overseas. As is the custom with SEC whistleblower awards, no information was provided about the whistleblower, Read More

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SEC Issues Charges to Several Defendants for Unregistered Securities Sales

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Crystal World Holdings, Inc., The New Sports Economy Institute and Christopher Paul Rabalais for misleading its investors in an unregistered offer and sale of Crystal World Holdings securities to domestic and international investors. Case background According to the SEC complaint, Rabalais and his two companies listed as Read More

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Texas Medicare Fraud Scheme Results in $339 Million Judgment

A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently entered a judgment in a Medicare fraud case against four defendants valued at a total of $339,402,631. The judgment stems from a whistleblower claim filed in 2013 by Grant Bachman, who filed his initial lawsuit against multiple home health care Read More

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McDonald’s Franchisee in Texas Settles Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a settlement with R.E.E. Inc., the owner and operator of several McDonald’s franchises in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The settlement arose from a lawsuit alleging the R.E.E.-owned violated anti-discrimination rules under the Immigration and Nationality Act by routinely discriminating against non-American citizens authorized for work while Read More

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Philly-Area Addiction Treatment Facility to Pay $2.85 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

This summer, Eagleville Hospital, a provider of various substance abuse treatments to Medicare and Medicaid patients, agreed to a $2.85 million settlement with the government in the face of allegations it defrauded various healthcare programs. In the lawsuit, it was alleged that the hospital billed Medicare, Medicaid and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program fraudulently Read More

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National Holdings Subject of Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit

A former chief compliance officer at National Holdings Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming she was terminated after 16 years with the brokerage firm because she began looking into allegations of insider trading by the firm’s executives. The lawsuit was filed this summer in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Read More

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Whistleblowers Claim Retaliation Continues to Run Rampant at VA, Despite New Accountability Office

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has made it known that it is working on new policies, training and guidelines to create a better culture for whistleblowers within the organization. However, VA employees and the whistleblower community believe the culture of retaliation continues to affect life at the agency. The wait time scandal at the Read More

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Government Provides Whistleblowers New Tools for National Whistleblower Day

July 30 was National Whistleblower Day in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate the brave employees who provide information on waste, fraud and wrongdoing in their agencies and companies. As a way to commemorate the day, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency released brand new resources to help whistleblowers Read More

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