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U.S. Appeals Court Says Vanguard Whistleblower Lawsuit Should Be Heard

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A former in-house tax lawyer for investment giant Vanguard Group should have his whistleblower retaliation complaint heard, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. The appeals court ruled last week that the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia should reconsider David Danon’s lawsuit against his former employer alleging the mutual-fund behemoth fired him for voicing his objections over federal and state income tax underpayments. Mr. Danon says Vanguard’s alleged underpayments amounted to billions of dollars. Mr. Danon claims Vanguard violated the whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 when it wrongfully terminated him. Writing for the three-judge panel, ... Read More

Alabama company Pays New York State $40 Million To Settle False Claims Act Tax Fraud Case

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An Alabama investment group and some of its top executives have agreed to pay New York State $40 million to settle a New York False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower who claimed the company committed tax fraud, cheating New York out of millions of dollars in taxes. The settlement is the largest-ever recovery of its kind since New York’s False Claims Act law was expanded to include tax claims. It resolves allegations that Birmingham-based Harbert Management Corporation, sponsor of Harbinger Capital Partners, a $26 billion New York City-based hedge fund, failed to pay millions in state taxes on ... Read More

HSBC Settles Whistleblower lawsuit alleging SBA Loan Fraud

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HSBC Bank USA has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $2 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by a whistleblower who alleged the bank sought reimbursement from the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) for loans it knew to fraudulent or based on fraudulent information. The SBA operates a loan program called SBAExpress, which guarantees lenders half the value of loans they make to start-ups and other small businesses. The program is designed to incentivize banks to loan to small businesses by reducing risk, spurring economic development and growth. The False Claims Act complaint, filed by whistleblower ... Read More

Massachusetts backs whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud

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The state of Massachusetts is backing a whistleblower lawsuit against Universal Health Services (UHS), alleging the Pennsylvania-based hospital network submitted false claims to the state’s Medicaid program. The state’s intervention in the case builds on allegations originally brought by the parents of a teenage girl who died in 2009 after having an adverse reaction to medication prescribed to her by an employee of Arbour Counseling Services, a unit of UHS in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The complaint alleges that the Arbour Counseling employee who prescribed the medication to the teen was unqualified to dispense drugs. A subsequent investigation into the complaint found ... Read More

Whistleblower Wins Retaliation Case Against Philadelphia Police Commander, City

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A former horse handler for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit who accused the city and his commander of retaliating against him for voicing his concerns about the lack of exercise some horses were getting has won a whistleblower lawsuit. Joel Allen, whose father was a mounted police officer in the 70s and 80s, filed a formal complaint against his commanding officer in 2014 out of a concern for the horses in his care. According to The (Philadelphia) Inquirer, Mr. Allen became a hostler for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Mounted Patrol unit in 1986. The civilian job involves cleaning, ... Read More

Kentucky Police Officer Files Whistleblower Retaliation Suit Against Lexington Officials

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A longtime Lexington, Kentucky, police sergeant with an exceptional record of community service and heroism has filed a lawsuit against the city accusing his supervisors of retaliating against him for speaking out against alleged sexual harassment targeting three female officers in the department. Sergeant Bryan Jared filed his whistleblower lawsuit in Fayette County Circuit Court Civil Division against Lexington mayor Jim Gray, Police Chief Mark Barnard, and Lexington police commanders Jonathan “Rodney” Sherrod and Thomas Curtsinger. Sgt. Jared, who has been part of Lexington’s police force for 17 years, was hailed nationwide for his heroic efforts in pulling the sole ... Read More

Wells Fargo May Have To Rehire a Second Whistleblower

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) alerted Wells Fargo Bank in December that it was likely to order the bank to reinstate a former bank manager it fired in 2011 after she called the company’s ethics hotlines to report suspected fraud. If reinstated, Claudia Ponce de Leon would be the second Wells Fargo whistleblower that the federal government has told the bank to rehire. Ms. Ponce de Leon was the bank manager of a Wells Fargo unit in Pomona, California, when she suspected bankers under her supervision were opening fake accounts for clients in an effort to meet sales ... Read More

Government orders Wells Fargo to reinstate whistleblower

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The U.S. government has ordered Wells Fargo Bank to immediately reinstate a former bank manager who was fired after he reported suspected fraudulent activity at the bank. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the San Francisco bank, which has been implicated in a number of whistleblower claims in recent months, must rehire the manager and pay him back pay, compensatory damages, and legal expenses totaling $5.4 million. The manager, who had previously received positive job performance appraisals, told OSHA he was abruptly dismissed from his position at a Wells Fargo branch in the Los Angeles ... Read More

Whistleblower Accuses Oregon DOJ of Retaliation For Reporting Perceived Police Threats

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A former investigator for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a federal lawsuit against the state and its attorney general March 28 claiming he was wrongfully fired in retaliation for reporting what he believed were anti-police postings on the Twitter account of the state DOJ’s civil rights director. James R. Williams filed his whistleblower lawsuit in an Oregon federal court, claiming the DOJ directed him to test new state-approved software to search for possible threats against police and protests in the Salem, Oregon, area using various hashtags, including #BlackLivesMatter, and other terms. Those searches brought him to the Twitter ... Read More

Whistleblower Retaliation Lawsuit names Wells Fargo VP As Defendant

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The former chief executive of a banking trade group of asset-backed lenders is suing the group and Wells Fargo Bank, alleging he was fired in retaliation for voicing concerns over undisclosed conflicts of interest between the group’s auditing firm and group members. Robert Trojan, the former head of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), which represents banks that make loans to companies backed by assets and accounts receivables, says he found that the CFA’s auditor, Freed Maxick, had undisclosed business relationships with the group’ members and directors and thus wasn’t fully independent. An auditor’s lack of independence effectively meant that the ... Read More