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Another bank closed its doors today. Guaranty Bank, based in Glendale, Wisconsin, is no more. At precisely 5:00 pm, regulators closed the bank. With 119 branches in 5 states, only 12 will reopen in the morning. The rest are gone for good. Guaranty Bank’s woes began shortly after the real estate market crashed in 2008. Within a year of the crash, the bank was hurting.
“Boston Strong” State Recovers $80 Million from MassHealth Fraud Schemes On paper, it looks like 2016 was a great year for MassHealth fraud recoveries. State officials claim they have recovered $80 million. That number is a bit misleading, however. While we certainly praise the efforts of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Medicaid Fraud Division, thei ...
Defense Contractor Fraud and Armet Armored As I write this post, 450,000 American men and women are deployed around the world. 850,000 warriors are here at home ready to serve. And these figures don’t include the many guardsmen and reservists also ready to serve on a moment’s notice. We owe our freedom to these folks.
Last week the Iraqi Oil Ministry announced that 26 companies have been approved to bid for Iraq oil and gas leases in the border provinces. The names of the companies have not been released although the ministry says they include American, European, Arab and Asian companies. Given the nature of industry and regional politics, we anticipate many whistleblower award opportunities ...
Nothing is more annoying than seemingly endless telemarketing calls. Those so-called robocalls come morning, noon and night. When you are sitting down for dinner or watching the big game. And since telemarketers can spoof numbers, they often trick you into answering by using a fake number. The good news is that you can sue a telemarketer.
The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) issued its first warning to investors for 2018. What is their concern? Cryptocurrency investments and initial coin offerings, sometimes called ICO’s. Some cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have soared by over 1500% in 2017. The hype has caused many investors to max out their credit cards or mortgage their homes.
Boeing is a household world in the United States. Anyone who flies has probably traveled on a plane manufactured by the U.S. based aviation company. Few people know that Boeing also has billion dollar defense department contracts. The company’s military subsidiary is called Boeing Defense, Space & Security.
It’s New Year’s Day. Last week financial publications everywhere were hyping end of the year buy and sell recommendations. Nasdaq claims that the network technology giant Ciena Corporation missed its earnings projections… Seeking Alpha says the company is back in the “buy zone.” What amazes us is the Ciena news that everyone missed.
Leapfrog just published their Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades Report. The nonprofit group is committed to improving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. Their grades are often cited in major media outlets including the New York Times. Of 2,632 hospitals rated, just 174 received failing or near filing grades. We call these the “killer hospitals.
This post examines Corizon Health and how they are endangering the health and well-being of the patients they were hired to heal. By writing this post, we are hoping to inspire insiders to come forward and report any wrongdoing. Whistleblowers can end suffering, earn large cash awards and sometimes, save lives.
[Ed. Note: This post on subprime auto lending was updated and refreshed on December 2nd and now includes new information on whistleblower award opportunites.] Hasty loan approvals, shaky underwriting, fraud and rising defaults? Are we talking about the mortgage industry in 2008? No! We are talking about the auto industry in 2017. And that means many opportunities for bank whistleblowers.
The Securities Exchange Commission continues its aggressive push against deceptive initial coin offerings (ICOs). The Commission issued a short statement on Monday afternoon about its actions against The Crypto Company. The statement said, “The Commission temporarily suspended trading in the securities of The Crypto Company because of concerns regarding the accuracy and adequa ...
[Ed. Note 12/17: Political winds change like the tides. Since this post was written 14 months ago, the United States has a new President, a new Attorney General and a new love affair with private prisons! It has been updated to reflect the current political realities.] Private Prisons, Prison Healthcare and Whistleblower Awards A little over one year ago, the Justice Department ...
Selling away is one of the oldest tricks used by dirty stockbrokers and financial advisers. In the typical selling away scenario, the broker solicits a customer to purchase securities not held or offered by his or her employer. These activities almost always violate securities regulations and FINRA exchange rules.
[Ed. Note: This piece on Bitcoin Mania is a follow up piece to our cornerstone content on cryptocurrency fraud. If you lost money in a Bitcoin scam or ICO, visit that page for complete information on how to recovery your investment.] If you go to a casino and lose your money, chances are good that you can’t sue the casino.
The cryptocurrency craze began in 2009. That was the year an unknown person calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto launched Bitcoin. Less than a decade later, there is an estimated $200 billion in cryptocurrencies currently circulating. While Bitcoin may be the largest and first, there are approximately 1000 other cryptocurrencies flooding the market.
Every year in this blog we pause to offer thanks to our clients. To whistleblowers. And to prosecutors, judges and special agents who each contribute in their own way to bring justice to this nation. This year is no different. Once again, we take pause to say thank you to all of those who make our work worthwhile. Injustice and fraud is everywhere. At times, it seems that we cannot keep up.
The Russian government. Bribes. Enriched uranium. Secret Swiss bank accounts. These elements have all the makings of a Tom Clancy novel or even a story about allegations plaguing certain ex-confidants of President Trump. Instead, they are part of a recent prosecution in Baltimore involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
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