About

Whistleblower Network News is an independent online newspaper providing our readers with up-to-date information on whistleblowing. Our goal is to be the best source of information on important qui tam, anti-corruption, compliance, and whistleblower law developments. We will focus on the SEC, IRS, and Commodities whistleblower programs, qui tam and False Claims Act litigation, and critical anti-corruption programs, such as cases filed by the Department of Justice under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Whistleblower Network News covers national and international legal developments and publishes editorial and opinion articles on whistleblowing and compliance issues.

History

In 2007, the National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund (“Fund”) started The Whistleblower Protection Blog on this URL. The purpose of the blog was to disseminate information to help whistleblowers. During this time, the blog was also tied to the National Whistleblower Center to help publicize its policy campaigns. In 2020, the Fund decided to transform the blog into an independent newspaper, not directly linked to an NGO, to increase its circulation and impact. WNN will still publicize the work of the NWC, but that will mostly be in sections of the newspaper dedicated to “opinion” or “features.” WNN’s goal is to develop a strong reputation as an authoritative news source on whistleblower related issues. This transformation permits the leading experts on whistleblower advocacy a better platform from which to educate and inform the public.

Whistleblower Network News strives to be the thought engine for whistleblower issues worldwide and capitalize on its contributors’ legal expertise. It’s the goal of WNN to be the best source of information on reporting government misconduct and foreign corruption and to be an essential source on qui tam, anti-corruption, compliance, and other whistleblower law developments. WNN’s focus is on the SEC, IRS, and Commodities whistleblower anti-fraud programs, qui tam, and False Claims Act whistleblower cases, the rights of government employees to report abuses of authority and violations of law. WNN will also focus on critical anti-corruption programs, such as cases under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which now covers whistleblowers from around the world who report bribery of government officials by multinational corporations.

Guest Submissions and Press Releases

WNN welcomes guest articles that comply with our editorial requirements.

Please feel free to provide us with information and press releases on significant developments, both within the United States and internationally, on whistleblowing, compliance, anti-corruption, qui tam, and other matters of interest to whistleblowers and those engaged in anti-corruption/compliance activities.

To submit press releases or guest submissions, please email contact@whistleblowernewsnetwork.com. If you are a whistleblower looking for legal assistance you can contact the National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund here: https://www.report-fraud-now.info/.

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Staff

Mary Jane Wilmoth

Mary Jane Wilmoth, Editor & Publisher

Mary Jane Wilmoth is the publisher of Whistleblower Network News, where she heads the editorial staff. She writes about breaking whistleblower news, and False Claims Act whistleblowers, SEC whistleblowers, IRS whistleblowers, FCPA whistleblowers, and CFTC whistleblowers. Mary Jane is the managing partner at the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, and a frequent contributor to The Whistleblower and Qui Tam Blog. She is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).

Ben Kostyack

Ben Kostyack, Assistant News Editor

Ben Kostyack is an Assistant News Editor for Whistleblower Network News. He writes about breaking whistleblower news, False Claims Act whistleblowers, SEC whistleblowers, IRS whistleblowers, FCPA whistleblowers, and CFTC whistleblowers. Ben has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was a communications intern at the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto during the summer of 2018.

Jane Turner

Jane Turner, Contributing Editor, Whistleblower of the Week

Jane Turner is a whistleblower and highly decorated 25-year veteran Special Agent within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The first woman named the head of an FBI resident agency, Turner led the FBI’s highly successful programs to combat crimes against women and child sex crime victims on North Dakota Indian Reservations. She won awards for successfully investigating significant crimes on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Federal prosecutors described her as the leading FBI agent solving child crimes in the entire United States.

In retaliation for her efforts, Turner was removed from her position by the FBI. Years later, Turner would win a historic decision for all FBI whistleblowers, when the court held that Ms. Turner set forth sufficient facts to justify a trial by a jury. Turner also successfully challenged her retaliation in federal court and obtained the largest compensatory damage award permitted under federal employees’ law.

Since becoming a whistleblower advocate, Turner has served as the Chair of the Whistleblower Leadership Council at the National Whistleblower Center and is a member of its board of directors.

Turner’s weekly column, Whistleblower of the Week, highlights the stories of whistleblowers who have stood up to massive corruption, fraud, and abuse. Whistleblower of the Week columns will take an in-depth look at the experiences of those who blew the whistle and the realities of what it means to be a whistleblower.

Siri Nelson

Siri Nelson, Editor & Legislative Correspondent

Siri Nelson is the Whistleblower Network News’s Editorial Page Editor & Legislative Correspondent. Siri is currently an Associate at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto (“KKC”), where she serves as the firm’s Policy Counsel. In this role, she played a key role in drafting multiple comments to the SEC on their proposed rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act whistleblower law. Siri is the recipient of the 2019 Estelle Kohn Fellow Memorial Fellowship awarded by Northeastern University School of Law. She served her fellowship at KKC, where she worked extensively with regulators and thought leaders to foster public awareness of whistleblower protections and fortify those protections through legislative action. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

Peter Briccetti

Peter Briccetti, Reporter

Peter Briccetti is a reporter with Whistleblower Network News. He writes about breaking whistleblower news, and False Claims Act whistleblowers, FCPA whistleblowers, and tax fraud whistleblowers. Peter is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in History and an interest in politics and anti-corruption law. At Hamilton, he wrote for the Hamilton College Spectator as an editor and contributor.

Ana Popovich

Ana Popovich, Reporter

Ana Popovich is a reporter with Whistleblower Network News, where she writes about breaking whistleblower news, healthcare fraud whistleblowers, and Covid-19 fraud whistleblowers. Ana has a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, she was the marketing chair of an affinity group and wrote content for the McDonough School of Business’ Business for Impact program. In 2018, Popovich was a public interest legal intern at the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto.

Geoff Schweller

Geoff Schweller, Reporter

Geoff Schweller is a reporter with Whistleblower Network News and writes about breaking whistleblower news, SEC whistleblowers, IRS whistleblowers, and CFTC whistleblowers. Geoff graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in Sociology and minors in French & Francophone Studies and Cinema & New Media Studies. While at Hamilton, Geoff was awarded an Emerson Foundation Grant to conduct an independent summer research project on representations of place in ethnographic film.

Noah Lapidus

Noah Lapidus, Contributor

Noah Lapidus is a contributor to Whistleblower Network News.  He writes about breaking whistleblower news, and False Claims Act whistleblowers, SEC whistleblowers, IRS whistleblowers, FCPA whistleblowers, and CFTC whistleblowers. Noah was awarded the Estelle S. Kohn Memorial Fellowship by Northeastern University School of Law in 2020. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2020 and received his B.A. in International Affairs from Northeastern University in 2017.

Mark Worth

Mark Worth, International Correspondent and Contributing Editor

Mark Worth is a whistleblower advocate, investigative journalist, public interest activist, author, and publisher. He is the Executive Director of the European Center for Whistleblower Rights and is the founder of many organizations, campaigns, and publications.

He is a member of the UNODC Expert Group on Whistleblowing. He has served as a consultant and researcher for many organizations, including the UN, European Commission, Council of Europe, OECD and APEC.

Mark has worked for many international and national advocacy organizations, including Public Citizen, Transparency International, and Food & Water Europe, and many media companies, including the New York Times and McClatchy. He is the co-founder of two independent newsmagazines and has been an editor, staff writer, and columnist.

He is the co-recipient of the 1994 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for magazine writing for an investigation of chemically injured workers at Boeing factories published in the Washington Free Press, which he co-founded in 1992.

Victoria Turner

Victoria Turner, Reporter

Victoria Turner is a Reporter for WNN. She assists with research and writing for the Whistleblower of the Week column and writes follow-up stories on those featured. As the daughter of FBI Whistleblower, Jane Turner, she brings a unique perspective to her articles. Being surrounded her entire life by whistleblowers, their allies, and attorneys gave her an exclusive look into the whistleblowing world. In 2017, Victoria participated in an internship with the whistleblower law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. She has also interned several times with the National Whistleblower Center, where she was an integral part of its National Whistleblower Day Celebrations from 2015 to 2019. Victoria is currently completing her degree in Communications, after which she plans to continue her work with whistleblowers, as she finds the work rewarding.

Editorial Advisory Board

David K. Colapinto

David K. Colapinto

David Colapinto is a founder of the National Whistleblower Center and serves as its General Counsel. He is a nationally recognized Qui Tam litigator and founding partner in the whistleblower law firm of Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP. He specializes in Qui Tam/False Claims Act, Dodd-Frank Act, and IRS whistleblower claims. He was lead counsel for the whistleblower in the qui tam action against Bristol-Myers Squibb, helping to recover more than $500 million for U.S. taxpayers in one of the most important pharmaceutical whistleblower case filed under the False Claims Act. As co-counsel in the Bradley Birkenfeld case, he won the largest ever tax whistleblower award ($104 million). He is the co-author of Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees.

Scott Hajost

Scott Hajost

Scott Hajost is the Chairman, Thinking Animals United. He is an international environment and conservation policy and law expert and manager with over 36 years working with the US Government, NGOs, multilateral institutions and leading global environment and development projects.

He is currently the Senior Wildlife Policy Advisor at the National Whistleblower Center. Most recently, he was the Chief of Party for the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, a global initiative of USAID in partnership with National Geographic, the Smithsonian and TRAFFIC. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Party for the global USAID funded Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program.

Mr. Hajost started his career as a US State Department lawyer working on international environmental and oceans issues, including negotiating international agreements. He subsequently served as Acting Associate Administrator for International Activities at USEPA. He was the first EPA Associate General Counsel for International Activities before leaving the government to become the International Counsel at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). After EDF, he served almost 15 years as the Executive Director of the IUCN USA Multilateral Office, including overseeing the IUCN UN mission and relations with the UN. After his work at the IUCN, he was Senior Counsel at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) before taking over as head of FCMC.

Among other things, Mr. Hajost is vice-chair of the board of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), senior adviser to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) and is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the US IUCN National Committee.

Stephen Kohn

Stephen M. Kohn

Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A founding director of the NWC, he is the author of eight books on whistleblower law, including The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 3rd Edition 2017).

He is a practicing whistleblower attorney and serves pro bono as the Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center. Stephen is a partner in the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. His primary litigation focus includes representing international whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud whistleblowers, qui tam reward laws, the False Claims Act, SEC whistleblowers and IRS whistleblowers. In 2012, the firm obtained the largest qui tam whistleblower reward given to a single individual in history ($104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld), and he represents Danske Bank Whistleblower Howard Wilkinson.

John Kostyack

John Kostyack

John Kostyack is the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. He is a nonprofit executive and attorney with a track record of successfully building and leading dynamic, mission-focused organizations. He has a passion for conserving wildlife and habitats, safeguarding people from the worst impacts of climate change, and fighting for democratic institutions and the rule of law. He is an accomplished public speaker, writer, and thought leader on using law, policy, communications, and organizing to make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.

Michael McCray

Michael McCray

Michael McCray is the Co-Founder & Managing Director, Whistleblower Summit. He blew the whistle on $40 million of waste, fraud and abuse during the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He subsequently engaged in judicial reform efforts by filing a judicial complaint that contributed to the early of retirement of disgraced Federal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson (U.S. vs. Microsoft); and he was the National Spokesman for the ACORN 8, which reported a multi-million embezzlement at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Marcel Reid

Marcel Reid

Marcel Reid is the Co-Founder & Festival Director, Whistleblower Summit. Her whistleblowing forced ACORN to stop misusing public funds and return to its core decentralized mission. Afterward, she went on to join the National Board of Directors of Pacifica Radio and have Pacifica become the first national media organization to vote to support whistleblowers. Reid also became the first Whistleblower Liaison in Major Media. She now organizes the annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights with Michael McCray.

Mark Worth

Mark Worth, International Correspondent and Contributing Editor

Mark Worth is a whistleblower advocate, investigative journalist, public interest activist, author, and publisher. He is the Executive Director of the European Center for Whistleblower Rights and is the founder of many organizations, campaigns, and publications.

He is a member of the UNODC Expert Group on Whistleblowing. He has served as a consultant and researcher for many organizations, including the UN, European Commission, Council of Europe, OECD and APEC.

Mark has worked for many international and national advocacy organizations, including Public Citizen, Transparency International, and Food & Water Europe, and many media companies, including the New York Times and McClatchy. He is the co-founder of two independent newsmagazines and has been an editor, staff writer, and columnist.

He is the co-recipient of the 1994 Investigative Reporters and Editors award for magazine writing for an investigation of chemically injured workers at Boeing factories published in the Washington Free Press, which he co-founded in 1992.

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