Mary Jane Wilmoth - Whistleblower Attorney

Mary Jane Wilmoth

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“Among the most experienced and skilled attorneys practicing in the specialization of whistleblower law”

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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

Senators Introduce Bill to Rescue CFTC Whistleblower Program

February 26th, 2021|Securities and Commodities Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

Yesterday, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced the CFTC Fund Management Act. The purpose of this bipartisan legislation is to increase the whistleblower reward fund used to pay rewards to those that report commodities fraud. The fund is in danger of depletion due to the increasing success of the program. The bill would allow the commission to set aside more money from fines collected to pay whistleblower awards. The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) relies on whistleblower to uncover fraud and other illegal activities. Its Customer Protection Fund, established by Congress in 2010, hold funds that are used to reward whistleblowers for their disclosures. However, it is also used to pay for operating expenses and educational initiatives associated with the CFTC whistleblower office. Under current law, the Customer Protection Fund is capped at $100 million. Any fines collected after the account reaches ...

Senator Grassley Proposes False Claims Act Reforms

February 25th, 2021|False Claims/Qui Tam, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

During a keynote address for the 2021 Federal Bar Association Qui Tam Conference, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) discussed the need for reforms to the False Claims Act ("FCA"). The Senator's remarks come on the eve of the 158th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing it into law on March 1, 1863. After the Civil War, the False Claims Act continued to identify military contractors guilty of mismanagement and fraud. Sen. Grassley was the architect behind the 1986 amendments that turned the False Claims Act into America's most important tool to uncover and punish fraud. "The key to the False Claims Act's success is that it allows whistleblowers to sue fraudsters on behalf of the federal government by standing in the shoes of the U.S. government," Sen. Grassley remarked. "Since the 1986 amendments to False Claims Act, cases have recovered more than $64 billion for taxpayers," he noted. Since the inclusion ...

Journalists Call for Trump to Pardon Swiss Bank Whistleblower

December 16th, 2020|Tax Fraud, Whistleblower News and Qui Tam Blog|

As President Donald Trump heads into his last few weeks in office, he has started to hand out pardons. This has prompted calls for the President to pardon Bradley Birkenfeld, the man who single-handedly ended the long-standing institute of Swiss banking secrecy. A former international banker and wealth manager with UBS, he witnessed a massive tax evasion scheme. The scheme helped wealthy U.S. citizens create secret Swiss offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes. Mr. Birkenfeld’s disclosure led to a settlement in which UBS agreed to pay $780 million in fines to the United States. UBS and the Swiss Government also agreed to turn over the names of thousands of Americans suspected of tax evasion. More than 50,000 U.S. taxpayers turned themselves in, resulting in more than $24 billion collected from banks and individuals. Before hiring Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, Mr. Birkenfeld used another law firm in providing information to the ...

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.

Mary Jane's Successful Legal Advocacy

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Pro Bono Public Service

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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