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  • SEC Confidential Whistleblower

SEC Confidential Whistleblower

By KKC Staff|May 24th, 2021|

Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represented an anonymous whistleblower, who on May 17, 2021, received a whistleblower award of almost $27 million. The SEC Issues More Than $31 Million in Whistleblower Awards related to this case, which involved securities law violations.

Founding partner KKC Stephen M. Kohn commended this whistleblower for his or her courage, perseverance, and determination for speaking out against the fraudster. The whistleblower was compensated for the years of sacrifice and suffering, and will continue seeking full justice.

Awards such as these further demonstrate that the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower laws covering securities, commodities and foreign bribery crimes work. They deter crime, put fraudster in jail, recover billions for investors, and protect the integrity of the markets. The SEC has created the safest reporting system ever devised to incentivize the disclosure of fraud.

  • James Connolly

James Connolly

By Joseph Orr|November 2nd, 2020|

Whistleblower James Connolly successfully used the California False Claims Act to hold the multinational bank and financial services company HSBC accountable for overcharging the California Public Employees Retirement System in foreign currency trading. The whistleblower exposed a complex scheme used by HSBC to overcharge the state retirement funds for FX Euro and British Pound transactions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars in pension funds. These losses directly impacted the funds available to pay retired California firefighters, police, and other public employees.

Allen Mosbaugh

By Joseph Orr|October 19th, 2020|

Allen Mosbaugh reported safety concerns at Georgia Power Company in 1990 when he worked at the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant as a superintendent o ...

  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act - Novartis Greece Bribery

Novartis Greece Bribery

By Joseph Orr|August 11th, 2020|

Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto and Athens-based Greek law firm of Pavlos K. Sarakis & Associates jointly represented Greek whistleblowers who proved that the multinational Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Novartis paid millions in bribes to illegally market drugs in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Novartis was required to pay over $300 million in sanctions and fines to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). 

  • Department of Justice Confidential Informant Whistleblower - Lawyer at Office Window

DOJ CI Whistleblower

By KKC Staff|May 13th, 2020|

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Confidential Informant (“CI”) Whistleblower set the record for the largest “related action” award in history, a total of $92.9 million. The award determination described the DOJ CI Whistleblower as a “high-level manager” who shared “very confidential information” to “assist the DOJ,” resulting in significant sanctions arising from the large corporate criminal enterprise.

  • SEC Whistleblower

SEC Confidential Whistleblower

By KKC Staff|May 13th, 2020|

SEC Dodd-Frank Act Confidential Informant. Protecting the confidentiality of Wall Street whistleblowers is among the most important breakthroughs in federal whistleblower law. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, whistleblowers can file anonymous cases, and everything about their case, including who they sued, remains secret.

Our SEC whistleblower law firm has prevailed in significant cases, including one of the largest SEC awards granted to date. To maintain the secrecy of this whistleblower, we can only report that he or she obtained a reward within the top-five ever given by the SEC – a whistleblower informant award of over $30 million.

  • Aaron Westrick

Aaron Westrick

By KKC Staff|September 18th, 2019|

False Claims Act whistleblower Dr. Aaron Westrick forced the recall of thousands of unsafe bulletproof vests sold to law enforcement and the U.S. military. Dr. Westrick worked as a senior manager for the largest manufacturer of bulletproof vests.

As a whistleblower, he fought to protect police officers by forcing defective bulletproof vests off the market. In June 2005, the Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened in his lawsuit. Two weavers, Barrday and Hexcel, settled with the DOJ for $1 million and $15 million. In related qui tam actions, the government collected tens of millions as a direct result of Dr. Westrick’s disclosures.

The manufacturer, Second Chance Body Armor, admitted liability in its bankruptcy proceeding and paid the United States millions of dollars in damages. Dr. Westrick also prevailed in a related action filed under the State of California’s False Claims Act. On March 15, 2018, the DOJ announced a settlement in which the Japanese manufacturer of Zylon, Toyobo Co., Ltd., agreed to pay the United States $66 million.

In 2018, former Second Chance president and CEO, Richard C. Davis agreed to pay the government $125,000 to settle claims related to the Second Chance False Claims Act lawsuit.

  • Howard Wilkinson - Money Laundering Whistleblower

Howard Wilkinson

By KKC Staff|September 14th, 2019|

On September 19, 2018, news broke of $234 billion money laundering scheme. The scheme moved rubbles out of Russia, converted them to dollars at the Estonian branch of Danske Bank, and then moved the dollars to New York with the assistance of three correspondent banks (Bank of America, J.P Morgan, and Deutsche Bank). Danske Bank admitted all of its internal controls designed to prevent money laundering had failed. The bank also revealed that the scheme had been reported to the highest levels of the bank by a whistleblower over four years before. The whistleblower’s identity was required to be secret. But it took only days for his name to leak out. Soon the entire international banking world learned that the former Danske Bank manager Howard Wilkinson had exposed the largest money laundering scheme in history, and that the bank had tried to cover it up.

  • Bradley Birkenfeld - IRS Fraud Whistleblower

Bradley Birkenfeld

By KKC Staff|September 12th, 2019|

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 one of the largest ever individual qui tam IRS whistleblower awards in history of $104 million. But this was just the beginning. In a major law review article, the Chairman of the IRS Advisory Council explained how Birkenfeld’s whistleblowing ended illegal Swiss banking for most Americans, led to the closure of tens of thousands of offshore accounts, and the collection of tens of billions of dollars from tax law violators.

  • Daniel Richardson - False Claims/Qui Tam Whistleblower - Healthcare Fraud

Daniel Richardson

By KKC Staff|September 10th, 2019|

Daniel Richardson is a former Senior District Business Manager for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Richardson prevailed in one of the largest qui tam whistleblower cases filed against a major pharmaceutical company for “off label” marketing and illegal kickbacks. Richardson, in conjunction with other whistleblowers, held BMS accountable under the False Claims Act.

Based on frauds primarily related to federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs, the company had to pay $515 million in fines and penalties. The whistleblowers, including Mr. Richardson, obtained their mandatory qui tam whistleblower rewards, once again demonstrating how the whistleblower reward laws are the most powerful tool for holding fraudsters accountable.

  • Bunny Greenhouse - Government Procurement Fraud

Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse

By KKC Staff|September 8th, 2019|

Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse exposed Government Procurement Fraud. She objected to illegal no-bid contracts between Halliburton and the Army Corps of Engineers for the reconstruction of Iraq after the 2003 invasion. Ms. Greenhouse, at the time the highest-ranking civilian-contracting official at the Army Corps of Engineers, had chief responsibility for reviewing adherence to Pentagon rules intended to shield awards from outside influence and promote competition. Her disclosures cost her her career, but also resulted in significant reforms prohibiting no-bid contracts. In 2019, the CBS prime time show “Whistleblower” told Ms. Greenhouse’s story. Watch a clip from the episode: Whistleblower exposes $7 billion no-bid Defense Department contract.

  • Alex "Sasha" Chepurko Qui Tam and False Claims Act Whistleblower

Alex “Sasha” Chepurko

By KKC Staff|September 6th, 2019|

Alex Chepurko was just 21 years old when he faced off against a $100 million nationwide criminal enterprise. The first whistleblower to simultaneously file claims under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and IRS whistleblower law, the lead prosecutor called him “the hero” for documenting numerous criminal violations.

In April 2020, Chepurko obtained a $69.6 million judgment on behalf of the United States under the False Claims Act. His claim to obtain a whistleblower award from the Government is still pending.  In 2018, CBS TV profiled his case in their show Whistleblower.