Corporate Compliance

Government tipsters: They're who you least expect

Compliance Monitor, November 30, 2005

It's not easy to guess who is a potential government tipster. Disgruntled employees, competitors, and the media are all places the government gets its leads. The following are other possible sources:

  • Qui tam actions. Those who successfully allege fraud against the government collect 15-30% of what the government recovers.

  • The government itself through CMS and its database.

  • Ex-spouses of employees.

  • Ex-employees.

  • So-called "jammed-up defendants." These are people who cooperate with the government because they are already in trouble and want a break.

    Source: Ronald H. Levine, a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Post & Schell and former chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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