Whistleblower Insider

Whistleblower Insider is written by the Constantine Cannon law firm team of experienced qui tam and whistleblower lawyers. It is updated daily to provide the latest whistleblower and fraud news and developments.
Subscribe


January 23, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Sheldon Silver arrested on charges of corruption – Mr. Silver, speaker of the State Assembly, was allegedly paid millions for bogus legal work and referral fees and steered public money to help those who would privately help him in return, ultimately converting $500,000 in public money into over $3 million in personal riches.  NYT

Weavering boss sentenced for $535M fraud —  Magnus Peterson, former head of UK hedge fund Weavering, was sentenced to a total of 13 years in jail on Friday after being found guilty on eight counts of fraud, forgery, false accounting and fraudulent trading.  Reuters

Ex-Athletes Sue UNC and N.C.A.A. — Two former UNC athletes filed a lawsuit against their alma mater and the N.C.A.A. accusing them of academic fraud and failing to fulfill their stated missions of educating athletes. NYT

Whistleblower sues Baker Botts for outing him – Potential whistleblower accuses the firm of “gross negligence” for allegedly turning his confidential and privileged email seeking representation over to his employer, the Texas Commission on Environmental quality, which got him fired.  Houston Press

Jury begins deliberations in CIA leak trial — After two hours of closing arguments, the jury began deliberations to determine the fate of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.  Politico

Snowden warns of iPhone spying capabilities –  Edward Snowden’s attorney says Snowden will not use the iPhone because it “has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.” SC Magazine UK

January 23, 2015

In Their Own Words

– “Politicians are supposed to be on the people’s payroll, not on secret retainer to wealthy special interests they do favors for.”

— US Attorney Preet Bharara on the government’s arrest of long-time New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on charges of bribery and corruption.  Click here for more.

January 23, 2015

DOJ Catch Of The Week — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

This week’s Department of Justice “catch of the week” goes to long-time New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Yesterday, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI’s New York Field Office jointly announced their arrest of Silver on charges he used his official position to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks concealed as income from an outside law practice. In addition, the government seized several million dollars of Silver’s assets pending the resolution of this matter. See DOJ Press Release.

click here for more »

January 22, 2015

Redemption For Air Marshal Whistleblower Robert Maclean

By Gordon Schnell

In a much anticipated decision, the Supreme Court yesterday ruled former federal air marshal Robert J. MacLean did not violate the law when he publicly exposed the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) plan to skimp on air marshal coverage. The decision was a narrow one and openly invited Congress or the President to take action if they see fit to prevent future TSA whistleblowers from following MacLean’s example. Nevertheless, it is clear vindication for MacLean who spent much of the last decade defending what he believed was the TSA’s reckless disregard for airline passenger safety.

click here for more »

January 22, 2015

The Mad Science of Horrific Animal Experiments for Cheaper Meat Production

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

By Marlene Koury

The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in southern Nebraska devotes itself to scientific experiments on animals aimed at reducing the cost and increasing the production of meat. Whistleblower James Keen, a scientist and veterinarian who worked at the center for 24 years, blew the whistle on the center’s appalling practices by taking his story to the New York Times.  The New York Times conducted an investigation of the taxpayer-financed center, revealing tales of animal abuse and bizarre experiments that other centers will not do or are not allowed to do.

click here for more »

January 21, 2015

In Their Own Words

– “I think I did everything the right way based on the training and the information I had at the time. And I would do it again. I took a sworn oath as a law enforcement officer to risk my life to save other lives, and I’ve been lucky to get all of the support that I get. Most whistleblowers don’t get any support and throw in the towel. I just lost my job – better men and women than me have given up their lives to protect others.”

— Whistleblower Robert MacLean in our interview with him on whether he would blow the whistle again.

January 21, 2015

Whistleblower News from the Inside

MacLean

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Supreme Court sides with air marshal whistleblower – The Court ruled that Robert MacLean, who revealed that the TSA planned to withdraw surveillance from planes to save money, can seek whistleblower protection.  Washington Post

VA settles dozens of whistleblower complaints – The agency announced it has settled more than 2 dozen complaints from whistleblowers alleging retaliation after they reported on problems at VA hospitals and clinics.  Military Times

S&P to pay over $77 million to settle charges of ratings fraud – Standard & Poor agreed to settle charges with the SEC, New York, and Massachusetts involving fraudulent misconduct in its ratings of mortgage-backed securities.  SEC

Former mayor charged with wire fraud – The DOJ has indicted the former mayor of Dunkirk, New York, for engaging in a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and supporters by stealing campaign contributions for his personal benefit.  DOJ

January 20, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Animal mistreatment at US research lab? – A NYT investigation shows research and testing by the US Meat Animal Research Center to increase meat production is coming “at a steep cost to the center’s animals, which have been subjected to illness, pain and premature death, over many years.”  NYT

11th Circuit dismiss whistleblower case against Humana — The Court upheld the lower court finding the case, which alleged Humana and several clinics offered patients illegal incentives, was barred by the public disclosure bar under the False Claims Act.  Justia

Swiss whistleblower convicted of violating bank secrecy laws — Rudolf Elmer, a former employee of Zurich-based bank Julius Baer Group AG, had been charged with submitting confidential client data to the WikiLeaks website.  WSJ

Questions remain over Argentinean whistleblower’s death – Government prosecutor Dr. Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment just hours after an Israeli helicopter fired missiles that killed six Hezbollah commanders and six Iranian officers in Syria and just hours before he was to testify on his accusations the Argentine President and Foreign Minister were leading a cover-up of Iran’s role in a 1994 terrorist attack.  Jerusalem Post

Don’t abandon Darfur, UN whistleblower says — As the International Criminal Court announces it is postponing its investigation into Darfur, former UN spokesperson Aicha Elbasri predicts violent consequences if the world turns away.  Guardian

Why the CIA is so eager to demolish whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling – “A criminal case is not a place where the CIA goes to get its reputation back, but that’s where the CIA went with this trial in its first week.”  HuffPost