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The State of Whistleblower Protections and Ideas for Reform

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:15 am

Chairman Connolly and Ranking Member Meadows, thank you for inviting me to testify as part of this timely hearing on the importance of whistleblowers in our system of government. I am Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy at the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). In 1981, POGO was founded by Pentagon whistleblowers who were concerned about the Defense Department’s procurement of ineffective, overpriced weapons, and had faced roadblocks, inaction, and retaliation while reporting their concerns internally. POGO later expanded its mission to cover the entire federal government. As a
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Airbus corruption scandals: truce with UK, US, French authorities

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:15 am

Airbus has confirmed that it has reached a breakthrough in some of the many fraud scandals that the aerospace company has been facing for over a decade now. The European manufacturer said it reached an agreement in principle with French, United Kingdom and the United States authorities, which were investigating suspected bribery, corruption, as well as, in the United States’ case, alleged violations of export controls allegations.
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Multiple Whistleblowers Uncover PSI Medicare Fraud

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:15 am

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) settled another portion of a long-running legal saga involving a False Claims Act (“FCA”) case concerning Medicare fraud against numerous pharmaceutical companies and other entities.  Last week, the DOJ announced it had reached an agreement to settle an FCA case against Patient Services, Inc. (“PSI”).  The DOJ alleged PSI served as a conduit to funnel illegal kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies to unsuspecting Medicare patients.  PSI agreed to pay $3 million to settle the FCA claims it was facing.  Based on the amount of fraud that PSI partook in, this amount could have been much higher.  The DOJ lowered the amount based on its analysis of “PSI’s ability to pay after a review of its financial condition.”
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Peru court orders Keiko Fujimori to return to prison

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:13 am

A Peruvian judge ordered opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to return to prison for a further 15 months' pre-trial detention Tuesday as part of an investigation into Latin America's sprawling Odebrecht corruption scandal.
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Benjamin Netanyahu indicted in corruption cases

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:13 am

Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was formally indicted on corruption charges Tuesday, just hours before he was set to meet President Donald Trump for the unveiling of the US administration's long-anticipated Middle East plan.
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Securities Fraud Whistleblowers Rewarded for Assisting SEC

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:12 am

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced two whistleblower awards to two separate whistleblowers for their efforts in providing information that led to enforcement actions.
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U.S. Attorney Collects $98 Million in Civil, Criminal Actions in Mid Florida in 2019

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:11 am

TAMPA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida collected $98,607,097 in locally handled criminal and civil actions in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.
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Private schools group investigating CEO over governance ‘concerns’ 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:05 am

The troubled owner of PLG Schools has suspended its CEO and is investigating him for alleged flouting of corporate governance guidelines, the Pembury Lifestyle Group said on Monday.
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Whistleblower alleges Southwest Airlines received special treatment for Hawaii flights

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 10:00 am

A whistleblower claims Southwest Airlines improperly received expedited approval from regulators to begin long-anticipated flights to Hawaii last year, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
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Omnibus and governance 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:58 am

Public debate has been preoccupied since last year with the drafting of three omnibus bills on job creation, taxation and the strengthening of the financial system. The hurly-burly of the reform drive, which will amend hundreds of laws and thousands of clauses to remove overlapping and contradictory regulations, seems to have inflated expectations that most of our economic ills can be cured with omnibus laws.
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Day Zero Ethics for Military AI

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:56 am

Examining the legal, moral, and ethical implications of military artificial intelligence (AI) poses a chicken-and-egg problem: Experts and analysts have a general sense of the risks involved, but the broad and constantly evolving nature of the technology provides insufficient technical details to mitigate them all in advance. Employing AI in the battlespace could create numerous ethical dilemmas that we must begin to guard against today, but in many cases the technology has not advanced sufficiently to present concrete, solvable problems.
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Crisis tests China’s system of governance

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:53 am

HONG KONG – China’s decision to lock down the central city of Wuhan — with more people than London or New York — in a dramatic attempt to halt the spread of the deadly new coronavirus now rampaging across the country shocked even the World Health Organization, whose representative said a move to “contain a city of 11 million people is new to science.”
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Charities secure exemption from new layer of anti-money-laundering regulation

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:47 am

Charities will not have to sign up to a register of trusts which is being created as part of the government’s new anti-money laundering regulations. When the government first consulted on the changes last year it had been thought that charities would fall within the scope of the Fifth Money Laundering Directive (5MLD), which could have forced all charitable trusts, irrespective of size, to need to register with the government’s new trust registration service (TRS).
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Swedbank confident on money-laundering fines as profit pips forecasts

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:45 am

The Swedish bank is alleged to have processed suspect gross transactions of up to 20 billion euros ($22 billion) a year from mostly Russian non-residents through Estonia from 2010 to 2016.
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Malware spotlight

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:41 am

The name EvilGnome may conjure images of a malicious creature of folklore. Instead, this name actually refers to an emerging type of malware recently detected by malware researchers.
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What exactly is the Huawei security threat?

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:41 am

The British government appears to be on the verge of giving Chinese tech giant Huawei the green light to build its 5G infrastructure, even in the face of dire warnings from officials in the United States decrying the company as a severe threat to national security. As ministers in the UK prepare to make their final decision on the matter, a delegation from US President Donald Trump's administration presented the British government with what members of the delegation have referred to as fresh evidence of the security risks they believe are posed by Huawei.
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H&M ‘sorry’ for data security breaches 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:38 am

HAMBURG - Global fashion brand H&M has apologised for data protection breaches, involving the intimate details of employees being stored illegally, which could technically see the company face a huge fine of close to US$1 billion.
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UAE security firm enrolls Sudanese for military drill 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:34 am

Dozens of Sudanese citizens, who returned from the UAE on Tuesday, claimed that they had been forced to go into the military training by a security company to send them to war-torn North African country of Libya, Anadolu Agency reports.
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Michigan man sentenced 6 years behind bars for money laundering and drug trafficking near middle school

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:29 am

A Detroit, Michigan, man was sentenced Tuesday to 6 year behind bars for money laundering and drug trafficking near a middle school in Monongalia County, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said.
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FBI Warns of Scammers Spoofing FBI Phone Number in Government Impersonation Fraud 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:26 am

The FBI has seen a recent increase in phone calls that spoof the Bureau’s phone number as part of a Social Security scam. The callers will often “spoof,” or fake, the FBI Headquarters’ phone number, 202-324-3000, so the call appears to be coming from the FBI on the recipient’s caller ID. In this scam, fraudulent callers posing as an FBI agent inform the victim that their Social Security number has been suspended. The scammer provides a fake name and badge number to trick the victim into believing they are an FBI agent. The scammer tells the victim that in order to get their Social Security number reinstated, they must purchase gift card(s), put money on the card(s), and call the scammer back and provide the gift card number(s). Instead of providing any additional information on the victims’ Social Security number, the scammer will hang up.
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Under suspicion of massive fraud, top U.S. landlord ordered to repay $63 million to investors 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:19 am

Was one of the nation’s largest landlords running a Ponzi-type scheme that involved shuffling money from investors to other investors and falsifying loan documents? Federal authorities certainly think so.
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Ex-lawyer charged with fraud after collecting money from inmate for fake bribe scheme

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:17 am

A former Wisconsin lawyer has been accused of securing $30,000 from an inmate’s parents based on false promises that much of the money would be used to bribe a federal prosecutor, federal judge and probation officer.
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OxyContin maker Purdue is ‘Pharma Co X’ in U.S. opioid kickback probe 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:16 am

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (Reuters) - OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP is the unnamed company that surfaced in criminal charging documents filed earlier this week in a probe of illegal kickbacks from drugmakers, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Regulators Probe Potential Dean Foods Merger

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:14 am

Federal antitrust regulators are probing a possible deal between a major U.S. dairy cooperative and Dean Foods Co., the bankrupt milk-processing giant, as the dairy industry realigns after decades of declining milk consumption.
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Coronavirus Sends Panic Through Oil Markets 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:13 am

The number of casualties in China continues to climb, as do cases of the virus elsewhere in the world. The Chinese government has tried to quarantine Wuhan and other cities, affecting tens of millions of people. Multinational businesses in China are also implementing lockdown procedures.
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What Are The Most Corrupt Countries In Latin America?

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 09:00 am

In 2020 countries throughout Latin America are confronting social unrest stemming from popular frustration with persistent inequality and widespread corruption. In January, 2020 Transparency International published their latest corruption index, which measures the perception of corruption in different countries around the globe. While Uruguay and Chile stand out as the region’s least corrupt countries (they are roughly on par with the U.S. and France)
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Opportunity in Latin American emerging markets?

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 08:58 am

Ongoing corporate corruption investigations across the regions emerging markets, Alberto Fernández’s surprise left-wing victory in the Argentine election primary, widespread anti-government protests in Chile and Ecuador, and alleged voter fraud in Bolivia have all given emerging markets investors in the region reason to pause.
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Greenwald lawyers ask Brazil to drop ‘scandalous’ criminal charges 

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 08:56 am

In a federal court filing in the capital Brasilia, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, the lawyers argue that prosecutors’ decision to charge the journalist was an act of “scandalous disrespect.”
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Mexican Drug Warrior Faces Prison in New York

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 08:54 am

GENARO GARCÍA LUNA looked bewildered as he stepped into the brightly lit Brooklyn courtroom. Once one of Mexico’s most powerful officials, with friends and associates across the upper echelons of the U.S. national security apparatus, the 51-year-old’s hands were shackled at the waist. The dark suits he once wore as he paraded wanted men before the Mexican press were now replaced by loose-fitting khakis and a shabby gray sweatshirt.
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Why Latin America’s Bet on Local Government Is Ambitious

By Paul Mackessey on Jan 29, 2020 08:51 am

A silent trend, capable of radically shaping policy and business over the long run, is taking hold in Latin America: Several countries are adopting ambitious measures to further decentralize their governments.
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