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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has awarded (29 August 2014) US$300,000 to a company employee who "reported wrongdoing to the SEC after the company failed to take action when the employee reported it internally". The SEC has highlighted that the award is the first for "a whistleblower with an audit or compliance function at a company".

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services (RE/MAX) has agreed to pay US$509,000 to settle allegations that it breached the False Claims Act by overcharging the government under "contracts to transport [the] personal property of federal employees relocating duty stations within [the US] and between [the US] and Canada".

Published in Government Contracting

The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that major residential pharmacy services provider Omnicare has agreed to pay US$124 million to settle allegations that it paid nursing homes kickbacks "in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to elderly [public health insurance] beneficiaries".

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it has collected additional funds in one of the first cases opened under its whistleblower program, which will provide a further payment of US$150,000 for the program's first award recipient.

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that Diagnostic Imaging Group (DIG) has agreed to pay US$15.5 million to settle allegations of false claims and kickbacks.

The United States Department of Labor (DoL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has advised that whistleblowers covered by OSHA-administered statutes (further information) can now submit complaints electronically via the OSHA online whistleblower complaint form.

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has made available an Order (30 September 2013) determining a whistleblower award claim following a successful SEC enforcement action.

Published in Financial Integrity

Whistleblowers to Receive 15% of Seized Assets

05 Sep 2013
Written by World Watch

The United States (US) Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that three whistleblowers are expected to be awarded a total of approximately $125,000 for "tips and information they provided to help the SEC and [the US Department of Justice (DoJ)] stop a sham hedge fund".

The United States (US) Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced that one interstate hospital network and one Georgia-based hospital have agreed to pay US$8 million to settle false Medicare claims allegations.

According to a University of Michigan researcher, an employee’s work environment plays a bigger role than previously thought on whether or not they will report unethical behavior. David Mayer, assistant professor of management and organizations, found that a person’s supervisor and co-workers play a major role in an employees’ decision to speak up about wrongdoing.

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