In an interview with Roll Call, Grassley made his position on whistleblowers transparent:
Senator Grassley asks Attorney General-elect Senator Jeff Sessions about the value of whistleblowers and the value of the False Claims Act.
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.
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of the whistleblowers in State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ex rel. Cori Rigsby.
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.
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to “drain the swamp” of corporate cronyism.
How do you do that?
Patrick Burns of the TAF Education Fund has a suggestion.
From a May 21, 2009 interview with Corporate Crime Reporter:
Trying to Drain a Swamp With a Garden Hose
A New Jersey OB-GYN has settled a $5.25 million False Claims Act case and, as part of the settlement agreement, he has been excluded from Medicare and Medicaid for 20 years.
Exclusion of bad actors from federal programs is fairly common. HHS, DoD, and GSA each do about 4,000 exclusions a year.