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Did Wells Fargo close fraud victims' accounts to save money?

Whenever a customer or bank notices signs of fraud on the customer's account, the bank is required by law to perform an investigation. It must determine whether criminal activity has occurred and whether the customer was involved. When the customer is involved, the bank immediately closes the account. When the customer is an innocent victim, the bank typically offers at least some assistance in retrieving the stolen money.


New York, March 7, 2018: The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of NewYork and the Attorney General for the State of New York settled a Federal and New York StateFalse Claims Act qui tam action, brought by Andrea Fischer and handled by Andrea Fischer andAudrey Schechter of Fischer Legal Group, on behalf of its client whistleblower, against Freed,Kleinberg, Nussbaum, Festa & Kronberg M.D. LLP; Arnold W. Scherz, M.D.; MitchellKleinberg, M.D.; Michael Nussbaum, M.D.; Robert Festa, M.D.; and Jason Kronberg, D.O.The suit, 14-CV-3943, was filed in 2014 by Andrea Fischer in the United States DistrictCourt for the Eastern District of New York and was ably and successfully pursued by the UnitedStates Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the New York State AttorneyGeneral's office.The suit alleged that Defendants, in contravention of Medicaid regulations, did not enrollmany of their employee-providers who treated Medicaid patients, in the Medicaid program.Defendants then billed Medicaid for services provided by these unenrolled employee-providers,under their own provider numbers. 

SCOTUS: Dodd-Frank whistleblowers must alert SEC for protection

When the average worker blows the whistle on unethical or illegal behavior by their employer, retaliation is a real concern. There are a number of laws that make retaliation against a whistleblower illegal. When someone makes a good faith complaint about discrimination, for example, their employer is prohibited from retaliating in any way. This is the case whether the person raised their concerns directly with the employer or filed a complaint with the government.

Supreme Court: Do Dodd-Frank whistleblowers have to go to SEC?

In most cases, whistleblowers have legal protections against retaliation. If you exercise your legal rights at work in good faith, for example, there are laws that prohibit your employer from firing you or taking other adverse job actions against you. If you report that your company is engaged in fraud against the government, you are not only protected from retaliation but also may claim a percentage of the recovered money as a reward. You should work with an experienced lawyer to ensure your rights are protected, but the law is on your side.

New protections for VA whistleblowers

President Trump has signed into law legislation that strengthens whistleblower protections at the VA. The legislation is called the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection, named after a 38-year-old Wisconsin psychologist who was fired (and then committed suicide) after having revealed that the Tomah VA facility had been overprescribing opioid medications to veterans.

Study: Aggressive production goals lead to unethical behavior

A new study published in the journal Organization Science, says that high-pressure production goals within companies often set the stage for ethics violations and misconduct.

New whistleblower protections for federal workers pass Congress

A bill strengthening whistleblower protections for federal employees has unanimously passed the House after passing the Senate in May. It now heads to President Trump's desk for signing or veto.

Whistleblower Case Brought by Fischer Legal Group Settles for $13 Million

The Attorney General for the State of New York settled a New York State False Claims Act qui tam action, brought by Andrea Fischer, and handled by Andrea Fischer and Audrey Schechter of Fischer Legal Group, on behalf of its client whistleblower, against Port Authority food vendors.

Wells Fargo says it has hired back 1,780 employees after scandal

In prepared congressional testimony, Wells Fargo & Co. CEO Tim Sloan recently said that the company has rehired 1,780 employees who had quit or were fired after the bank's phony accounts scandal. Around 5,300 employees were fired after taking part in the creation of accounts without customers' knowledge. Wells Fargo says that many others quit or were pushed aside. Some were fired for blowing the whistle on illegal conduct.

Worker's whistleblower suit vs. Bank of the Internet moves ahead

A former employee of the Bank of the Internet claims he saw wrongful conduct occur at BofI between his hiring in 2013 and his firing in June 2015. He cited over a dozen examples of wrongful conduct of a serious nature.

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