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“I couldn’t have navigated the shark invested waters whistleblower face without the passion, dedication, determination, and brilliance of my incredible attorneys.”

“…the three co-founders of the National Whistleblower Center, these are important names, Stephen Kohn, Michael Kohn and David Colapinto, thank you so much for all that you do, they broke the mold with these visionaries and we are all better for it.” – National Whistleblower Day, 2018

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Mary Jane’s Latest Thinking

Whistleblower Attorneys Applaud New Bill to Strengthen IRS Whistleblower Program

June 16th, 2021|Tax Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Yesterday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the IRS Whistleblower Program Improvement Act. This legislation will strengthen the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) successful Whistleblower Awards Program. The IRS Whistleblower Program has enabled the agency to collect over $6 billion from wealthy individuals and businesses caught dodging taxes. “The tax whistleblower law has recovered billions of dollars to the US treasury. Tens of thousands of illegal offshore accounts have been shut down by whistleblower disclosures.  It’s time for the Department of Treasury to properly implement the IRS whistleblower law. This bill will achieve that goal,” said whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn. Kohn, who also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center, praised the bi-partisan nature of the amendments:  “Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden exemplify the bipartisanship needed to hold tax cheats accountable.” “These proposed amendments to the IRS whistleblower program are ...

SEC Issues More Than $31 Million in Whistleblower Awards

May 17th, 2021|Securities and Commodities Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two whistleblower awards of over $31 million to whistleblowers that assisted the agency in investigating securities law violations. The whistleblower whose original information triggered the payment of almost $27 million in rewards was represented by the SEC whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. The anonymous whistleblower’s attorney made the following statement regarding the SEC’s Award: “We congratulate our client for his or her courage, perseverance, and determination in holding fraudsters accountable,” said Stephen M. Kohn, the anonymous whistleblower’s attorney. In its release, the SEC acknowledged that the anonymous whistleblower’s “information and cooperation” “resulted in the return of millions of dollars to harmed investors.” Whistleblower Attorney Stephen Kohn further stated: “These awards further demonstrate that the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower laws covering securities frauds and foreign bribery deter crime, put fraudsters in jail, help recover billions for investors, and protect the integrity of ...

Senator Grassley Encourages AG Garland to Enforce FCA

March 8th, 2021|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

In a letter sent to Merrick Garland last month, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) urged the U.S. Attorney General nominee to ensure enforcement of the False Claims Act ("FCA"). In the February 4th letter, the Senator called the FCA "one of the most important pieces of legislation that I have worked on during my time in Congress." He noted that the FCA has returned "more than $64 billion" to taxpayers since the passage of the 1986 FCA amendments he authored. The Senator said he is working on bipartisan legislation to strengthen the False Claims Act. He stressed that it is vital to combat the protentional fraud brought on by the massive surge of federal sending due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, he explains recent court actions and policy decisions that have weakened the FCA. "The Supreme Court and lower courts have read a more stringent materiality standard into the law than ...

Our Client Received the Largest Whistleblower Reward in World History of $104 Million

Bradley Birkenfeld broke the back of Swiss bank secrecy. He was the first Swiss banker to file a case under the IRS whistleblower law. The results were unprecedented. UBS bank (at the time the largest bank in the world) had to pay a fine of $780 million. They also had to close all known U.S. accounts, and for the first time in history, the bank turned over the names of 4450 U.S. taxpayers for prosecution in the United States. Mr. Birkenfeld obtained the largest ever individual qui tam whistleblower award in history, $104 million.

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Dedicated to protecting whistleblowers, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) was founded in 1988 by three experienced whistleblower-rights attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn, Michael D. Kohn and David K. Colapinto. Mary Jane was selected as the NWC’s first Public Interest Law Fellow, and soon became a major leader in the NWC. She currently is the NWC corporate Treasure and serves on its Board of Directors. She founded the whistleblower protection blog, and for years managed many of the NWC’s highly successful programs.

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