June 18, 2013
By Tobias Peter 'I ch bin ein Berliner . " Those were the famous words John F. Kennedy used to express solidarity with the people of Germany in June 1963, when he became the first U.S. president to visit the German capital after the Soviets divided it with the Berlin Wall. So what will President Obama tell the Germans when he speaks to them during his visit this week, nearly 50 years later? "People of Berlin, Germany, and Europe: I've been reading your e-mail"? If only half of what Edward Snowden has leaked about U.S. Internet surveillance is true, it will be a huge burden for transatlantic relations.
May 24, 2013 |
A former manager at Chickie's & Pete's sports bar in Egg Harbor, N.J., has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the sports bar chain, saying she was fired when she complained that its pay practices were illegal. Sharon Chase, 45, of Absecon, N.J., answered questions posed by a federal investigator who visited the restaurant on Nov. 28, according to the lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Camden. Chase "provided information about defendants' wage practices which she reasonably believed were in violation" of federal and state laws, the suit said.
May 22, 2013 |
If you have the guts to blow the whistle on a Wall Street investment fraud and approach U.S. regulators with your allegations, beware the case of Kathleen Furey. Imagine being a whistle-blower, but with the added weight of actually working at the primary Wall Street watchdog. Not only did Furey, a senior counsel for the SEC for nearly nine years now, work for the U.S. market regulator, but she was punished for bringing attention to the fact that fraud cases against money managers were going nowhere at the agency.
May 14, 2013 |
A federal investigation of a Kensington charter school has not made headlines since a TV station showed video of agents carting off boxes of documents in 2009, but the probe is very much alive. Attorneys for Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School in a whistle-blower's lawsuit stemming from the raid have urged a Common Pleas Court judge to keep the suit on hold because "it is beyond refute that the federal criminal investigation" of the charter is active. As evidence, Community submitted an affidavit from an administrator's defense attorney that said the assistant U.S. attorney overseeing the probe told him in mid-March "the investigation is ongoing.
April 9, 2013 |
The FBI is investigating whether a former Rutgers basketball employee tried to extort money from the university before releasing video that showed ex-coach Mike Rice shoving and kicking players and berating them with antigay slurs. A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Sunday that investigators were interested in Eric Murdock, who left his job as the men's basketball program's player development director last year and later provided the video to university officials and ESPN.
April 4, 2013 |
Marla Pietrowski hasn't collected a dime of the $1.7 million a Philadelphia jury awarded her last month. But the 56-year-old former administrator of a rehabilitation program for prison parolees has a message for other would-be whistle-blowers: "Don't give up, even when it looks like all is against you," she said. "Pursue what you believe is right, and in the end, it does work out. " Pietrowski hasn't received her money because on Monday, her former employer, the Kintock Group in King of Prussia, filed a motion to overturn the verdict reached March 22 in the courtroom presided over by Common Pleas Court Judge Annette Rizzo.
March 20, 2013
In the Region Comcast completes NBC deal It's final. Comcast Corp. closed on its $16.7-billion purchase of the 49 percent of NBCUniversal it didn't already own. The cable giant announced the deal in February and it did not need federal government approvals, which had been obtained when Comcast purchased the first 51 percent of NBCUniversal in early 2011. "We are excited the transaction has closed and look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities for growth and innovation at our combined company," Comcast said.
March 14, 2013 |
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission insiders who tried to blow the whistle on patronage hires, pay-to-play contracts, and influence-peddling were routinely threatened and sometimes fired by bosses with political connections, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. One of those whistle-blowers was Ralph M. Bailets, a financial officer, who said he was dismissed for complaining about $82 million in technology contracts awarded to a politically connected firm that he said charged too much and performed poorly.
February 6, 2013 |
Megan Galo, whose concerns about a Philadelphia charter school's operations helped land two of its ex-leaders behind bars, was sentenced to prison Monday for stealing money from the orthopedics practice that employed her. Galo, 48, of Abington, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to one felony count of theft by deception for stealing more than $100,000 from the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics on West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, where...
January 26, 2013 |
The Cooper Health System in Camden has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that it made improper payments to doctors in an effort to build its cardiology business, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey said Thursday. From October 2004 through 2010, local doctors were paid $18,000 to attend four meetings of the Cooper Heart Institute Advisory Board in any given year under "consulting" and "compensation" agreements, in possible violation of antikickback laws, state and federal law enforcement officials contended.