September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In 2010, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million for helping expose the widespread tax-evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth. The dizzyingly abrupt turnabout in Birkenfeld's life leaves him with the largest government whistle-blower award ever to an individual, said Stephen M. Kohn, one of Birkenfeld's attorneys and executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center.
September 11, 2012 |
To hear his lawyer tell it, Rocco Martinez fancied himself a whistle-blower, a warrior against a scourge of so many Philadelphians: the heartless Parking Authority officer scribbling an undeserved ticket. But when Martinez secretly videotaped an officer allegedly offering to fix tickets last year, then threatened to make it public if the authority bosses didn't pay him, investigators saw something else. Extortion. On Monday, Martinez pleaded guilty to extorting $500 from Parking Authority Director Vince Fenerty.
August 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - They've called from pay phones. They've had furtive meetings at hotels and even a church. On internal government documents, they go by such code names as Mr. X. For the last year, whistle-blowers deep inside corporate America have been dishing dirt on their employers under a Securities and Exchange Commission program that could give them a cut of multimillion-dollar penalties won by financial regulators. A new bounty program has been an intel boon to the securities industry regulator, which has struggled to redeem itself after failing to stop Bernard Madoff's epic Ponzi scheme and rein in Wall Street before the 2008 financial crisis.
August 3, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Jurors have awarded more than $1 million to a New Jersey state trooper who filed a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lawyer for retired Detective Sgt. 1st Class Brian Royster says that jurors in Essex County on Wednesday found that the State Police and Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes violated the act, which aims to protect those who speak out. Royster, who is black, filed suit in 2005. The 48-year-old claimed that cases pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action unit were stalled without reason and troopers accused of misconduct had been allowed to retire instead of being disciplined.
June 29, 2012 |
TRENTON - Former state Attorney General Paula Dow, nominated to a judgeship in Burlington County, will face questions over a politically charged whistle-blower lawsuit at her confirmation hearing Thursday. The suit alleges that Dow dropped a corruption indictment against public officials because those accused had ties to Gov. Christie. The lead prosecutor on the case was then fired by a Dow deputy. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari (D., Union), who will preside over Thursday's hearing, called allegations in the whistle-blower suit "explosive.
June 15, 2012 |
OFFICER PAUL ZENAK thinks he's been asking too many questions. That's the only way he can make sense of it. Why else did Zenak — a decorated 21-year Philadelphia Police veteran and former Officer of the Year in his district — go from being what a sergeant described as an "outstanding" and "highly recommended" director of the Wissinoming Police Athletic League center to a cop with a tarnished reputation and two bizarre reprimands in his...
May 28, 2012 |
At 3:30 p.m., Joseph D. Carruth jumps up from the couch at his Townsend, Del., home and heads to the garage. He speeds off on a Razor scooter with another scooter in tow. Just down the block, 8-year-old Brianna Carruth hops out of a yellow school bus. "Daddy!" the Brick Mills Elementary third grader in pink pants and curly pigtails yells as he greets her with open arms. The pair then race back home. "I win," Brianna says, as she heads inside for a snack. The after-school race has been a routine since Brianna started school.
May 17, 2012 |
A former Camden principal who last year received an $860,000 settlement from the school district must be reinstated in the district by July 2013, an arbitrator has ruled. In a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in Superior Court in 2007, Joseph Carruth said he was fired for publicly alleging that Camden school officials had pressured him to change test scores at Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School in 2005. The school district settled Carruth's civil lawsuit in November. Carruth, who earned $107,000 a year at the magnet school where he had been principal for two years, was terminated in 2006 on a recommendation by then-Superintendent Annette D. Knox.
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.