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Changing Regulatory Regime Necessitates New Solutions To An Old Problem: 5 Elements Critical To An Anti-Fraud Compliance Program

US government regulators have become more aggressive in their detection and enforcement of fraud against the government. One of the key tools they are using to combat such fraud is the False Claims Act. Most FCA cases are...more

Prison fraud, bribery, and money laundering

Whistleblower tips are one of the most effective ways to uncover fraud and bribery - Every morning once I've grabbed my cup of "wake me up", I head to my desk and troll the internet for interesting stories and coverage...more

Iowa State Researcher Accused of Scientific Fraud

Here at Whistleblower Security, we’ve covered basically every type of fraud from phone fraud to check fraud to academic fraud to even food fraud. Now it’s time to talk about scientific fraud....more

8 Best Practices for Setting Up Your Code of Conduct

Considering revamping your Code of Conduct. Or maybe you're creating one from scratch? Here's a few things you should take into account. When an organization is about to implement an anti-corruption compliance program,...more

When the Whistle Blows, What Follows?

Real estate investment trust American Realty Capital Properties (“ARCP”) recently announced the preliminary findings of an Audit Committee investigation into accounting irregularities and the resulting resignation of its...more

Who you gonna call? Premium-rate hotlines, apparently

In the spirit of Halloween, let’s start off with a spooky scene. Imagine an office. Everyone has already left for the weekend, leaving the office completely empty. The doors are locked, and no one can get in. It’s...more

Got DBE Fraud Skeletons?

Every Halloween, the cute traditional images re-emerge from our closets and the attics. Ghosts, gravestones, plastic pumpkins, and perhaps the most common of all – skeletons. Given the recent heightened status of...more

False Claims Act Does Not Protect An Employee Disclosing His Whistleblower History

On October 20, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found that the False Claims Act (“FCA”) did not protect an employee who was fired after revealing his history as a whistleblower and offering...more

The importance of a Code of Ethics in government... and all organizations

Governments need to ensure proactive measures are in place Just like any organization - As the world has heard by now, Canada was rocked by two unique, and tragic, events. Last week a soldier was killed in a parking...more

Whistleblowing in the UK - A dismal report

The UK Whistleblowing Report - not quite a passing grade - According to Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, 2013 was the year of the whistleblower in the UK. Stories of whistleblowers have been, and...more

Third Circuit Tightens “Original Source” Requirement for Whistleblowers

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Psst, a 3rd party ethics reporting system benefits any organization

"... even popular social media platforms, but, sh, don't tell" - Kind of like confessions in a personal diary, Whisper is an app that lets users anonymously share their secrets with millions of others in acts of...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Global fraud and corruption, and how you can prevent it

Global Corruption Survey - Transparency International carried out a Global Corruption Survey for 2013 to just under 100 countries. The results from this survey indicate that one in four people had paid a bribe to a...more

Whistleblowing is a crucial source of intelligence... no robots needed

I've often wondered why well known, large, and "everybody knows the brand" organizations feel the need to cover up instances of when employees come forward to report wrongdoing. We've seen the General Motors debacle over an...more

Preventing healthcare fraud requires constant vigilance

Millionaire whistleblower stays on the lookout - You'd think that after a $6 million reward for a job well done, you might just call it a day and kick back on the beach. Not so for Jacqueline Nash Bloink. ...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

On July 31, 2014, the SEC awarded $400,000 to a whistleblower who had reported internally before providing information to the SEC. The award was unique because the SEC’s Claims Review Staff had denied the whistleblower’s...more

SEC gives first whistleblower award to audit and compliance employee

The Securities and Exchange Commission has underscored the importance of a timely response to internal reports of wrongdoing by awarding $300,000 to a whistleblower who was an audit and compliance employee....more

2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report Preview: Benchmarking the Health of Your Whistleblower...

It’s that time again! Last week we released the 2014 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report. This is our 9th year releasing the Benchmarking Report. The full report covers best practices across all...more

Five easy steps to implement a whistleblower hotline

In 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... The ACFEs 2014 Report to the Nations states that the most effective method for reducing workplace fraud is to implement an ethics hotline to allow and encourage employees, customers, and...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

SEC Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is: $30 Million Awarded to Whistleblower

On September 22, 2014, the SEC announced its largest whistleblower award to date under its Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty program. It awarded $30-$35 million to an anonymous whistleblower who the Commission said provided...more

Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

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