Posts by Patrick Burns

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Neil Getnick, Chairman of the Board of Taxpayers Against Fraud (TAF) and the TAF Education Fund, announced that Robert Patten has been named Chief Executive Officer of TAF and the TAF Education Fund.

| Robert Patten
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There’s an old saying that “he who pays the band gets to call the tune.”

Under that heading, it’s worth taking a look at the U.S. Chamber of  Commerce, and related entities. 

| Chamber of Commerce
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Senator Grassley asks Attorney General-elect Senator Jeff Sessions about the value of whistleblowers and the value of the False Claims Act.

FCA | Jeff Sessions, Grassley
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One way to tell if your issues are hitting the mark is when they make it to the funny pages. I'm not sure we ever expected to see intellectual property transfer pricing tax fraud make it into the comics, however!

Source: Barney & Clyde.

IRS | intellectual property, transfer pricing, comics, cartoon
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Whistleblowers filed 702 qui tam suits in fiscal year 2016, and the U.S. Department of Justice recovered $2.9 billion in whistleblower-initiated lawsuits during that same period of time.

The government awarded whistleblowers $519 million for their contributions in developing, prosecuting, and settling these cases.

FCA | double taxation, whistleblower taxation, amicus curiae
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Last week the Australian legislature committed, as part of a package of corporate whistleblower reforms, to study and make a proposal by mid-2017 on the enactment of a federal qui tam-type law.

| Australia, Lesley Ann Skillen, Getnick & Getnick
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Drug company fraud and pricing chicanery are widespread, and shock the conscience.

Pharmacy | Pfizer, Trump, pricing fraud
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some textIn a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of the whistleblowers in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ex rel. Cori Rigsby.

FCA | Rigsby, supreme court, Seal, Morgan Verkamp
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A whistleblower-initiated case against Allied Home Mortgage went to trial and came back with a $92 million verdict against Allied. The verdict is subject to mandatory trebling and a $5,500 to $11,000 per-violation penalty, which should bring the total to over $286 million. 

FCA | Allied Home, Winner