Who is called Whistleblower

July 4, 2008

A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a business or government agency, who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power and presumed willingness to take corrective action.

The misconduct may be a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption.

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Whistleblower-Fueled Fraud Cases Create Giant Backlog

July 4, 2008

More than 900 cases alleging that government contractors and drugmakers have defrauded taxpayers out of billions of dollars are languishing in a backlog that has built up over the past decade because the Justice Department cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers, according to lawyers involved in the disputes.

Since 2001, 300 to 400 civil cases have been filed each year by employees charging that their companies defrauded the government.

Source: Washington Post