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UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld told a Wall Street Journal reporter that the government's decision to send him to jail arises from “a cover-up at the highest levels.” Brikenfeld noted how the UBS clients who actually cheated on their taxes got either house arrest or probation, but...
In 2003, John Kopchinski was earning $125,000 a year selling the drug Bextra for Pfizer. He had a baby son, and his wife was pregnant with twins. The Gulf War veteran says that, "In the Army, I was expected to protect people at all costs." At Pfizer, though, he was...
Richard Convertino's Privacy Act lawsuit against the U.S. government is now addressing a question of whether a U.S. attorney can conceal his emails to his attorney sent over the government's computers. Convertino was one of America’s top federal prosecutors. The government selected...
This week’s cover story in Newsweek focuses on Thomas M. Tamm, a former Justice Department lawyer in its Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. Tamm blew the whistle on the National Security Agency's illegal wiretapping on U.S. citizens. As his reward for...
Transparency International (TI) today released its 2009 Global Corruption Report: Corruption and the Private Sector (GCR). TI finds that one out of five business executives report that they received a solicitation for a bribe. An equal number report that they lost business due to a...
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new Whistleblower Investigations Manual last year. The new manual includes some improvements for whistleblowers, such as accepting oral complaints (which is particularly helpful in meeting the short 30-day time limits for...
Occupy EPA is marching again. On Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12 noon, they will march from Franklin Square Park (13th & I Sts NW in Washington, DC) to the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (12th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Federal Triangle, Washington DC). There, at 1:00...
The commissioned corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) work on the cutting edge of federal research and policy on diseases, medical devices, public health, global warming and our environment. Yet, they fall into an exclusion from the...
Attorney Stephen Kohn today presented oral argument on behalf of former federal prosecutor and whistleblower Richard Convertino (pictured). Convertino is seeking reversal of an order issued last year by Chief U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, DC. That order dismissed...
Whistleblower disclosures have helped the federal government make some of its biggest recoveries from fraudsters. In the Obama administration alone, the government recovered over $21 billion thanks to whistleblowers using the “qui tam” procedure under the False Claims Act (FCA). The...