SCOTUS Admission Pending – Kind of excited.

I found out on Tuesday that I am on track to be admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.  The ceremony should take place on June 10th in DC.  I am kind of excited.  My husband … Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Financial Incentives Anyway?

The history of qui tam actions has been shaped largely by fears of the “parasitic” relator.  People are endlessly concerned that whistleblowers will somehow take advantage of the government and obtain a financial reward that the whistleblower doesn’t deserve. After … Continue reading

The Newest Qui Tam Program – Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Yesterday, I had a chance to visit with folks at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and I realized that the CFTC’s new whistleblower program is probably the one that gets the least attention. The CFTC whistleblower program and that of … Continue reading

Forget the Perry Mason Fantasies: It Just Doesn’t Work That Way

Whistleblowers often have fantasies about a dramatic courtroom exchange with the defendant.   I have to break the news that things are not going to happen the way they visualize.  There isn’t going to be any sort of Perry Mason moment.  … Continue reading

Focus on Defendants’ Wrongdoing against Government & Shareholders, not Against You.

The biggest problem that I have when dealing with inquiries about whistleblower rewards is getting the whistleblower to focus on what the potential defendant did to defraud the government and/or the shareholders.  The whistleblower would rather talk about what the … Continue reading

But it’s not Fraud, is it?

While I was listening to the audience respond to my presentation at a fraud specialist convention, I realized that some folks have a more narrow definition of fraud than I do.  Many accountants believe fraud is a criminal act only.  … Continue reading