March 6, 2012
FRANCIS X. Dougherty, who was fired as the school district's deputy chief business officer after an investigation into who leaked information about the awarding of a $7.5-million no-bid surveillance-camera project, has filed a federal lawsuit contending that he was fired for being a whistle-blower. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, contends that he was dumped for telling the FBI, state officials and the Inquirer about his allegation that former Schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman improperly steered the contract to a minority firm in 2010, bypassing Security & Data Technologies Inc., which already had begun work on the project to install cameras in 19 city schools deemed dangerous.
February 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators have concluded that Air Force officials at the military mortuary in Dover, Del., illegally punished four civilian workers for blowing the whistle on the mishandling of body parts of dead troops. The Office of Special Counsel said in a report released Tuesday that they had recommended the Air Force discipline the three officials who allegedly retaliated against the whistle-blowers. The three were not identified by name, but the report said one was an active-duty military member and the others were civilians.
December 22, 2011 |
At least four priests, described by lawyers as "whistle-blowers," have come forward hoping to aid in the prosecution of current and former clergy members accused in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex-abuse scandal. However, an archdiocesan policy requiring them to notify church lawyers before talking to law enforcement could stifle the testimony they are willing to give, city prosecutors told a judge Wednesday. "They're muffling us," said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington, paraphrasing the response he said he had heard from at least one priest.
December 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - When U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning walks into a military court Friday in Maryland, his many supporters and detractors will get their first glimpse of the soft-spoken Oklahoma native since his arrest in Iraq 19 months ago. Manning is the only person charged with unauthorized release of more than half a million classified U.S. military reports and diplomatic cables from around the globe, as well as a 2007 video of a deadly U.S. helicopter attack...
October 26, 2011
An Oklahoma man was sentenced to two years in prison for lying to Philadelphia-based antitrust officials about a price-fixing scheme by a former employer and other auto filter manufacturers, Zane David Memeger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, said today. Two years after Champion Laboratories Inc. fired him in 2006 for falsifying travel vouchers, William G. Burch, 52, of Tulsa, filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against Champion and five competitors, alleging that they had conspired to fix prices.
October 8, 2011 |
A former executive with a pharmaceutical distributors trade group alleges in a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that 13 drug companies manipulated price data to reduce the amounts they owed federal and state governments for the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program that serves the poor. The number of companies named as defendants has fluctuated. The original filing accused 30 companies. The fourth and most recent version of the complaint, unsealed this week in Philadelphia, accused 13 companies: Allergan, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Biogen, Bradley, Cephalon, Eisai, Genzyme, Mallinckrodt, NovoNordisk, Reliant, Sunovion, and Upsher-Smith.
October 4, 2011 |
SAMENIA MAYER, the woman who blew the whistle on teachers poaching students' federally funded lunches at Germantown High School last year, will have her day in court despite her former boss' efforts to have the case dismissed. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson has ruled that her lawsuit against the Boys & Girls Club and the School District of Philadelphia is protected under the False Claims Act, a ruling first reported last week by an online court news journal. The Boys & Girls Club, according to the suit, argued that Mayer's complaints didn't constitute "protected conduct" under the act. The group also argued that "purloining lunches does not qualify as wrongdoing" under the state statute.
September 13, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Maxim Healthcare Services Inc., which provides in-home health and nursing services, will pay $150 million to resolve criminal and civil investigations of fraud in overbilling federal and state governments. The U.S. Department of Justice, which filed a criminal-conspiracy charge in federal court here against Maxim, agreed to defer prosecution for two years. Since 2009, nine people, including three regional account managers, have pleaded guilty in federal court in Trenton.
August 4, 2011 |
Three union electricians who said they were laid off in retaliation for complaining about unsafe working conditions at Martin Luther King High School will share in $150,000 in lost wages and benefits. The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday the payment was part of the department's enforcement of whistle-blower laws designed to protect employees who speak up about unsafe situations. The electricians' employer, Hyde Electric Corp., which will pay the $150,000, had been hired to replace the fire-alarm system at the school in 2009.