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  • What Is a Whistleblower - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

What Is A Whistleblower?

There is no uniform definition of a whistleblower. However, the definition commonly used includes someone whose loyalty is to the truth, becomes an informant to the government on corporate crimes, or seeks monetary rewards under various whistleblower programs.

  • What is Qui Tam?

What Is Qui Tam?

The federal False Claims Act empowers individuals and other entities to enforce laws that prohibit fraud in government contracting. The first modern whistleblower law, the False Claims Act, incorporated qui tam as the heart of its anti-corruption powers.

  • Qualify for a Whistleblower Reward

Can I Qualify For A Whistleblower Reward?

Under specific U.S. laws, both citizens and foreign nationals can qualify for financial rewards as whistleblowers if they disclose violations that result in the U.S. obtaining sanctions from the wrongdoer.

  • What is the False Claims Act? - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

What Is The False Claims Act?

The purpose of the FCA is to incentivize citizens to help the federal government police rampant military contracting fraud during the U.S. Civil War. The original law went mostly unused until 1986 when the U.S. Congress modernized its procedures and approved significant amendments.

  • IRS Whistleblower Reward Program

IRS Whistleblower Program: An Overview

The IRS Whistleblower Program is one of the strongest anti-fraud award programs available to whistleblowers who report tax evasion and fraud. Congress required the IRS to establish the IRS Whistleblower Office to pay rewards whistleblowers who report specific and credible information to the IRS and if the information results in the collection of taxes, penalties, interest or other amounts from the noncompliant taxpayer.

  • Dodd-Frank Whistleblower - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections And Rewards

The Dodd-Frank Act is a major Wall Street reform law that was signed into law on July 21, 2010, which provides whistleblowers with protections and rewards. If you are a Dodd Frank whistleblower, keep reading to learn how to proceed with your case.

  • SEC Whistleblower Rewards - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

Qualifying For SEC Whistleblower Rewards

The SEC whistleblower law requires that the SEC to pay a qualified whistleblower, who provides original information to the SEC regarding a violation of any of the securities laws enforced by the SEC and/or a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a financial reward.

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto LLP

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a U.S. law that prohibits the payment of anything of value to foreign government officials in order to obtain a business advantage. The FCPA also requires publicly traded corporations to make and keep accurate books and records.

  • Anonymous CFTC Whistleblowers

CFTC Whistleblower Awards Under The Commodity Exchange Act

The Commodity Exchange Act’s whistleblower law requires that the CFTC pay an award to qualified whistleblowers. To qualify a whistleblower must provide original information to the CFTC regarding a violation of any of the commodity exchange laws enforced by the CFTC.

  • What is a qui tam relator? - Definition and Meaning

What is a Qui Tam Relator?

In False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases, the person who brings the False Claims Act claim against the company or individual who commits fraud is called a qui tam relator.

  • What are Kickbacks

What are Kickbacks?

Kickbacks often play a crucial role in fraud schemes designed to swindle taxpayer dollars from the United States Government. It is a general term used to describe the corrupt practice where illegal payments are made to garner preferential treatment and can be thought about as a form of bribery.

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