I doubt that many of our readers have ever heard of a man by the name of Stephen Kohn, even though his name has been quite well-known in some corporate circles. Mr. Kohn serves as the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. For the past 25 years, this man has been fighting the whistleblower wars. In fact, he has written a handbook, The Whistleblower’s Handbook, on the subject. This book is recommended for any person who is interested in combating fraud involving taxpayer funds.
As we have mentioned in several prior issues, lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act have brought in almost $30 billion in recoveries to the U.S. Treasury. In addition to that Act, however, there are others of a similar nature. The newly-enacted Dodd-Frank whistleblower provision is one of them. It is available to citizens who report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) as well as other laws. Even the IRS has a program that rewards whistleblowers who blow the whistle on tax frauds.
Employees who are wondering whether to report fraud or criminal wrongdoing occurring in the company where they work, might want to consider how reporting the activity will affect them. Mr. Kohn has ten things an employee should consider before “blowing the whistle” on wrongdoing in a company.
Relating to this subject, Mr. Kohn poses two basic questions to his fellow Americans who may find themselves in the role of a potential whistleblower:
Hopefully, the above information, which comes largely from work done by Mr. Kohn and his writing, will prove to be helpful. The important thing to remember is that blowing the whistle on fraud, criminal activity and safety violations – while necessary – is a most serious undertaking and one which should be taken only after weighting the risks involved. At the very least, Mr. Kohn’s work should make us think and put things in perspective in the event we are ever put in a situation when whistleblowing is an option.
Source: Corporate Crime Reporter
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