September 16, 2013 |
Arlene wants to know about the California state auditor. Specifically, who audits them ? I had no idea, so I went right to the top: State Auditor Elaine Howle. She told me her office focuses primarily on making sure that public-sector finances and operations are on the up and up. It also runs the state's whistle-blower hotline , which allows state workers and others to report instances of fraud or waste. Howle said all such calls are confidential. As to Arlene's question, the state auditor's office is overseen by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, along with a handful of independent auditors.
March 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The federal government's automatic budget cuts mean there will be less financial incentive to turn in tax cheats. In a notice on its website, the Internal Revenue Service said it would pay 8.7% less to informants who blow the whistle on tax-dodging individuals or corporations. The payments are being reduced because of the spending reductions required by the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration that kicked in Friday, the IRS said. QUIZ: How much do you know about the federal budget cuts?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2012 |
A Bell police sergeant who said he was forced into retirement in retaliation for reporting corruption in the city has received $400,000 and been reinstated to the force. The size of the settlement of James Corcoran's whistle-blower lawsuit is far less than what he might have received at trial, experts agreed. Retired U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, who served as mediator, said Bell could have lost more than $3 million if the case had gone to trial, according to a memo that City Atty.
September 12, 2012 |
Help wealthy people dodge taxes. Go to prison. And cap it off by getting $104 million for ratting out your former clients to the IRS. In one of the largest whistle-blower cases in U.S. history, the federal government is paying that amount to a globe-trotting banker who once smuggled a client's diamonds in a toothpaste tube to avoid detection by tax authorities. The financier, Bradley Birkenfeld, later confessed his transgressions and helped the Internal Revenue Service nab thousands of Americans who had stashed money overseas to avoid paying taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 |
A fugitive in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum corruption case says that for years he alerted his superiors to alleged criminal wrongdoing at the stadium, but they did nothing. In telephone and Skype interviews with The Times, former Coliseum contractor Tony Estrada, who has been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy, said a culture of self-dealing and fraud thrived at the taxpayer-owned stadium for more than a decade. "I did the right thing," Estrada said in one Skype session, speaking in the accent of his native Cuba.
May 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona retaliated against the lead whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal by leaking an internal report that suggested the whistle-blower once favored allowing illegal gun sales as a way to track weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, the Justice Department's inspector general's office said Monday. Dennis K. Burke, who resigned from the U.S. attorney's office following the Fast and Furious matter, told investigators that he leaked an internal memorandum to a television producer in which ATF Special Agent John Dodson discussed an earlier case involving gun trafficking on the border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2011 |
Dismayed by one City Council member's repeated whistle-blowing about the embattled city, Montebello City Council members are slated Wednesday to discuss rules on how council members communicate and use city letterhead. The move comes after some city officials expressed outrage that Councilwoman Christina Cortez used city letterhead to ask the Los Angeles County district attorney and the state controller to investigate the city. One rule would call for council members to provide for the printed agenda "a brief general description" of what they plan to discuss during public comments, "expressed in complete sentences.
May 20, 2011 |
Quest Diagnostics Inc., the biggest provider of medical lab services in California, has agreed to pay $241 million to settle a whistle-blower's lawsuit that accused it of overcharging the state Medi-Cal program. The lawsuit also alleged that the Madison, N.J., company paid illegal kickbacks to doctors, hospitals and clinics that sent patients their way. The settlement was the largest in the history of California's False Claims Act, which allows private citizens to sue on behalf of the state if they have evidence that a government contractor has defrauded a state agency.
July 27, 2010 |
Though propelled to fame by its recent disclosures about the U.S. military, WikiLeaks has homed in on targets as wide-ranging as corruption in the family of a former Kenyan ruler, alleged illegal activities by a Swiss bank and Sarah Palin's private e-mail account. And in just 3 1/2 years, the secretive organization founded by a convicted Australian hacker has helped pioneer a new model for using the Internet to unearth classified government documents and private corporate memos.
August 10, 2012 |
BEIJING - The flamboyant police official who blew the whistle onChina's most sensational murder case by fleeing to a U.S. Consulate appears headed for prosecution himself. Four underlings of the official, Wang Lijun, went on trial Friday on charges of covering up the poisoning in November of a British consultant on behalf of Gu Kailai, the powerful wife of former Chongqing Communist Party chairman Bo Xilai. And during Gu's trial Thursday, the prosecution claimed that Gu had repeatedly discussed with Wang the idea of killing Neil Heywood, and that the two had plotted for Heywood to be slain during what looked like a drug raid, according to a lawyer who attended the closed proceedings.