Tag Archives: Stephen M. Kohn

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen Program

Proposed IRS Whistleblower Improvements Act Gives Trump Administration Opportunity to Strengthen ProgramYesterday Bloomberg BNA published an article discussing the future of the IRS Whistleblower Office under the Trump administration. “IRS Whistleblower Office Faces Test With Trump Administration,” reviews the current state of the program and new legislation that aims to improve legal protections for IRS whistleblowers who expose tax fraud and evasion. … Continue Reading

Huge Win for Whistleblowers with Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

US Supreme Court BuildingWashington, D.C. December 6, 2016. An attempt by large government contractors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to undermine the False Claims Act (FCA) was beaten back by whistleblower advocates. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision today in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. U.S. ex rel. Rigsby ruling … Continue Reading

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight Hearing

Bill Harmful to Whistleblower Reward Laws Subject of House Oversight HearingWashington, D.C. December 1, 2016.   The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittees on Government Operations and Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules is holding a hearing today on proposed changes to the appropriations process that would have a major impact existing whistleblower reward laws. … Continue Reading

New Edition of Highly Acclaimed Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017

New Edition of “Top Ten” Whistleblower Book Scheduled for Early 2017Internationally recognized whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn is planning to release a fully updated version of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself in early 2017.  First published in 2011, The Whistleblower’s Handbook is the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing. It sets forth twenty-one basic rules every potential whistleblower needs … Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife TradeOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision … Continue Reading

KKC Partner Is Panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference

Stephen Kohn is panelist at Belgrade Anti-Corruption Conference.This week KKC Partner Stephen Kohn is participating in an anti-corruption conference in Belgrade, Serbia as a featured panelist.  The conference entitled “For Every Truth There Is a Source: Protecting Whistleblowers and Journalistic Sources,” is hosted by the Serbian whistleblower advocacy group Pištaljkaa (The Whistle), and sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Information and runs from today through … Continue Reading

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims Act

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 Amendments to the False Claims ActWashington, D.C. October 27, 2016.  Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the 1986 amendments to the federal False Claims Act (FCA). Since these amendments were passed, the FCA has proven to be the most effective anti-fraud law in the United States, recovering over $48 billion from those who defrauded the U.S. government.… Continue Reading

$17 Million Whistleblower Award Issued by SEC to Former Company Employee

12-21-10-SEC-logoWashington D.C., June 9, 2016. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a whistleblower award of over $17 million to a former company employee who provided a tip that led to a successful SEC investigation and enforcement action. This is the second-highest amount awarded to a whistleblower by the agency since they first since they … Continue Reading

Important Breakthrough “Game-Changer” for Protecting the Environment

Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and DeterrenceThe Environmental Law Reporter published an article that explains how the monetary rewards provisions for whistleblowers in both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. The article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence,” published … Continue Reading

National Law Journal Recognizes Stephen Kohn as “White Collar Crime Trailblazer”

Stephen M. Kohn, whistleblower attorneyWashington, D.C. December 14, 2015. The National Law Journal named Stephen M. Kohn, partner in the Washington, D.C. based whistleblower advocacy firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP to its inaugural list of 50 “White Collar Crime Trailblazers.” The attorneys selected have accomplishments which “place them at the highest rung of advancing litigation strategy.” As … Continue Reading

Press Statement – Tax Whistleblower Receives $11.6 Million Dollar Award

Whistleblower Program needs improvementsAttorneys Stephen Kohn and Dean Zerbe are pleased to announce today that a joint client – who wishes to remain anonymous – received a whistleblower award under the new IRS whistleblower award program of $11.6 million dollars. “We greatly appreciate the IRS recognizing the work of this whistleblower and for making this significant, major award. … Continue Reading

BiH Whistleblower Grateful for Assistance from KKC Partner

Danko BogdanovićOn June 4, 2015, Danko Bogdanović was reinstated as of Chief of Customs office of Brcko, BiH, after a two-year suspension for reporting corruption in the Indirect Taxation Authority. Bogdanović, reported corruption to the Agency for prevention and coordination of fight against corruption (IPAK). The Center for Responsible Democracy LUNA assisted Bogdanović in filing an application … Continue Reading

Maryland Passes False Claims Act

Maryland False Claims ActOn April 8, 2015, the State of Maryland joined the majority of states, including Virginia and the District of Columbia, in passing a False Claims Act, which permits whistleblowers to file claims alleging fraud in government contracting and procurement (including Medicare and Medicaid) and to obtain financial rewards if their allegations are verified. On February … Continue Reading

Kohn’s WSJ Op-Ed Explains Why SEC’s Enforcement Action Is Good For Investors

Stephen M. Kohn, whistleblower attorneyToday the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner Stephen M. Kohn in which he discusses why the SEC’s recent Enforcement Action against KBR sets a good precedent. Kohn’s Op-Ed is in response to an April 6, 2015 op-ed by Eugene Scalia that attacks the SEC’s action. Read Mr. Kohn’s op-ed: … Continue Reading

Corporations Can No Longer Muzzle Whistleblowers

President Obama’s Whistleblower LegacyThe Guardian published an Op-ED written by Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner, Stephen M. Kohn on Tuesday, April 7. The article discusses the use by corporations of restrictive non-disclosure agreements. These agreements have long been used to silence whistleblowers. This practice was recently the subject of an enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission … Continue Reading

KBR Sanctioned After SEC Investigation Into Illegal Non-Disclosures Agreements

KBR2SEC Investigation into overly restrictive non-disclosure agreements was triggered by complaint filed by former KBR Contractor Harry Barko Washington, D.C. , 2015.  April 1, 2015.  Today the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned defense contractor KBR for requiring its employees to sign restrictive non-disclosure agreements that prohibited employees from properly reporting fraud and misconduct to … Continue Reading

KKC Partner Featured in I-Team Segment on Special Education Whistleblower

On Friday March, 20, whistleblower advocate Stephen M. Kohn featured ‘Weekend Today in New York’ I-Team Report.  The I-Team report covered the story of a special ed teacher who was retaliated against by her school district after blowing the whistle on the fact that students who were not getting the help they are promised under … Continue Reading

Ethisphere Magazine Names Stephen Kohn Among 100 Most Influential In Business Ethics

Ethics100Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto partner Stephen M. Kohn was named to Ethisphere Magazines 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in its 2014 third quarter issue. Each year, Ethisphere recognizes 100 individuals that have made a material impact in the world of business ethics and compliance through the annual 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics … Continue Reading
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