We are whistleblower attorneys with over 30-years experience protecting compliance officials, auditors, and internal whistleblowers.
In 1985, a KKC partner co-authored a leading amicus brief, successfully arguing for the protection of compliance officials, in Kansas Gas & Electric v. Brock, 780 F.2d 1505 (10th Cir. 1985). In 1986, a KKC attorney co-authored one of the first law review articles to set forth the arguments for protecting whistleblowers that only raised internal concerns. KKC has confidentially represented key compliance officials, including Chief Compliance Officers for major multinational and publicly traded corporations, in both retaliation and whistleblower reward cases.
In both the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, KKC partners proposed language that was adopted by Congress protecting internal whistleblowers. From 2010-11, the KKC partners spearheaded the campaign to ensure that compliance officials fully qualified for rewards under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections. Under rules that the KKC partners proposed, compliance officials can qualify for rewards under the Securities Exchange Act, the Commodity Exchange Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. KKC’s contribution towards ensuring the protection for internal whistleblowers under the SEC’s whistleblower reward rules as outlined in an article published on Westlaw: The SEC’s Final Whistleblower Rules & Their Impact on Internal Compliance (West Law Publishing, Oct. 2011).
RULE 3: Yes, You Are a “Whistleblower,” and RULE 11: “Beware of ‘Hotlines’” in The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself provide insight to the complicated role of compliance officials in blowing the whistle on fraud and misconduct.
If you are a Compliance Official with knowledge of fraud or misconduct and would like to know how Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto can help you, please contact us by completing our Consultation Request Form.
For more information, see our resource page on the Federal Laws Governing Compliance Programs and Officials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Individuals who live outside the U.S. can obtain experienced procurement fraud attorneys. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto offers free and confidential consultations to procurement fraud whistleblowers.
Individuals with evidence of procurement fraud against federal programs or contracting fraud against the government who provide the government with information can qualify to be a False Claims Act whistleblower. The information must be provided in the form and method required under law, and most courts require that qui tam whistleblowers have an attorney.
Types of procurement fraud include illegal kickbacks, willful contract violations, billing fraud, fake companies, fraudulent invoicing, and bid rigging.
In a government procurement fraud case, a private party known as a qui tam relator brings an action on the government’s behalf under the False Claims Act against a person or company who is believed to have violated the law. The government can then choose whether or not to intervene in the case. If there is a successful prosecution the whistleblower obtains a reward of between 15-30% of the sanctions collected, plus legal fees and costs.
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