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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Announcement of Whistlewatch.org

Please check the new website; whistlewatch.org  or contact me at info@whistlewatch.org  Thank you. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Would the last rich person to leave the U.S., in crisis please turn out the lights?

There was a billboard in Pittsburgh that said about the same thing after the steel mills closed.  And now we see via the media, that Wall Street and Government are one and the same.  So let's call it what it is.  WallGov.hell.  Citizens---Welcome to Hell-Grab Your Hand Basket and Solar Powered Flashlight Because the Rich are about to Shut Off the Lights---Again!  When did our government become of the rich and for the rich !  Where the are our elected officials and when did all the government employees stop honoring their duties to the American people?  Open your window and whistle "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it." 

Brilliant article by By Brett Arends, MarketWatch


Another Dark Day for Whistleblowers; An Extremely Harmful Day for the American People and Global Economy.

It's a horrible, dark day when a whistle blower goes to the lengths of trying to prove the U.S. Treasury is owed $2 billion in U.S. taxes from 2000 to 2009, as Daniel J. Schlicksup did and ends up being retaliated against. Schlicksup was a global tax strategy manager for Caterpillar from 2005 to 2008. 


To make matters worse for the American People and Global Economy, take a look at how the Justice Department is going soft on Wall Street.  Interference with investigations and deferred prosecutions in order to allow corporate execs to escape the law. 

“We will not get an explanation of why there haven’t been prosecutions; at best, we will get a reference back to the Department of Justice manual that leaves the discretion to the prosecutors,” said Professor Ramirez of Washburn University. “The legal representatives will argue that since recoveries can be had by using civil measures, even private litigations, there’s no need to bring criminal measures. I disagree with that very much.”


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Announcement of Whistlewatch.org

I am pleased to announce the new collaborative effort of business professionals at http://whistlewatch.org/

Some of our work will include:

Global Corporate Integrity, Governance and Compliance,
Education, News and Networking,
Emerging Technologies,
Ethical Conduct and Professional Guidance,
Fraud Reporting and Developments,
Government Regulator Oversight,
Legal Expertise and Referrals,
Public Policy Statements on Health, Safety and Welfare Issues,
Risk Management and Investment Information,
Whistleblower Protections and Support Services.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Think tank going strong!  Now here is what I'd call a serious problem!  Agency one responsible for protecting investors money and whistleblowers v. Agency two who is subject to influence peddling by big corporations. 


Evelynn Brown, J.D., LL.M • Just when you thought maybe, just maybe those in charge might do the best thing for the country...we have government agencies (I'll save commentary on them for another day) at war on Dodd-Frank legislation; SEC v. US Chamber of Commerce. Finger pointing abounds which solves nothing in the wake of high umemployment and endless mortgage foreclosures. Here is a suggestion-Step to the other side people and work together before we have another financial meltdown and more homeless children in this country!

Mary Schapiro-do not succumb to corporate pressure to change the intent of the law. Please do not fail this country. Thanks go out to NWC "...demanding that Schapiro allow corporate whistleblowers to snitch wherever they feel is best -- so they won't be scared of reporting wrongdoing...."

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/whistleblower_skirmish_0iIRTnbfAdGfFxfytb7BKL#ixzz1Mv7qCcsz

Friday, April 29, 2011

Justice League: SEC whistleblower Linda Almonte's lawsuit dismisse...

Justice League: SEC whistleblower Linda Almonte's lawsuit dismisse...: "Written by Biloxi It looks like SEC whistleblower and former JP Morgan Chase employee Linda Almonte's case is being dismissed with prejudi..."

Monday, April 11, 2011





San Jose Mercury News (CA)-October 17, 2008

Author/Byline: Karen de Sa
Mercury News

Edition: Valley Final
A routine inquiry begun a year ago at a youth shelter run by Santa Clara County's most prominent homeless-services agency has now progressed into an investigation of possible fraud.

Concerns first arose in October 2007, when a federal official monitoring millions of dollars in government spending on shelters for runaway youths paid a visit to EHC LifeBuilders in downtown San Jose. Alarmed that children and teens fleeing the streets were being cared for in an unlicensed facility, she alerted the state's community care division, and the shelter known as Our House was forced to shut its doors the next day.
Now the agency is receiving more unexpected federal scrutiny -- this time, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General, which is responsible for digging out fraud, waste and abuse of public funds. The new investigation comes as EHC has abandoned long-held plans to reopen the 14-year-old shelter; the group announced last week that it is shifting its youth shelter program to serve young adults, for whom licensing is not required.
The Office of the Inspector General does not comment on open investigations, and EHC managers downplayed last week's surprise visit, saying they don't believe the interviews amount to an investigation.

Yet Sparky Harlan, director of the Bill Wilson Center -- which now runs the county's only licensed runaway youth shelter -- was among those questioned last week by the inspector general's office and said the inspector was "responding to a complaint of possible fraud at another agency." Because of confidentiality requirements, Harlan did not disclose the name of that agency, but others familiar with the investigation have confirmed EHC is the focus and that the questions center on fraud.
The allegations appear to include whether EHC tried to pass off phony licensing documents for the shelter, and whether the unlicensed facility was even eligible for the decade-plus of federal funding it had previously received.
When Health and Human Services program officer Evelynn Brown last October asked EHC for proof of a license at the shelter, she instead received a 1993 waiver with a different address on it -- for a building that had been demolished. Brown also reported finding children, including a pregnant teen and a boy who had spent 11 months at the temporary shelter, mixing among homeless adults. And because the facility was unlicensed, employees were unlawfully dispensing medication and providing counseling.
What's more, although federal grantees are required to screen staff through fingerprinting and background checks, Brown said those safety measures were lacking.
EHC officials said this week that they have always fingerprinted their employees but that their personnel files were organized incorrectly until this year and they were unable to provide documentation of the fingerprinting; they thought the license-exempt document they produced applied to different locations; and although they were mixing children and adults in a drop-in center, they did not house them together in the shelter.
Under its charismatic founder, Barry Del Buono, the non-profit EHC has grown through government grants and private donations into an organization with a $10 million operating budget that serves more than 10,000 men, women and children each year through a variety of programs.
Over the past year, however, EHC has been in tumult, including the resignation of Del Buono and widespread layoffs after the revelation of funding and management irregularities. EHC's own auditors revealed "significant deficiencies" affecting the agency's ability to administer federal programs, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently conducting a review of $7 million in spending.
Last week, as news of the latest inquiry surfaced, EHC announced its decision not to reopen the runaway shelter, which still had not met state licensing requirements that ensure safe conditions at a new location on South Third Street. Agency managers described the shift in plans as an effort to serve another overlooked population -- young people ages 18 to 21 who are barred from youth shelters but feel out of place mingling with homeless adults. Beginning this month, these "transition-age youth" are being housed for as many as 90 days in EHC's new, multiuse Sobrato House not far from the former Our House site.
The new shelter fills a widely acknowledged gap in care for troubled young adults, many of whom have left the foster care system destitute; there are only four such shelters in the state. "These are the youth who the system has already failed," said EHC program manager Hilary Barroga. "We can't continue to fail them anymore."
But the celebration is colored by uncertainty surrounding the unusual visit from the Inspector General's office.
"They were asking about services to youth," Barroga said, stopping short of characterizing the visit an investigation. "There's no reason we would be under investigation with the Inspector General."

Barroga said EHC has received approximately $200,000 in federal funds each year since 1991 to run its drop-in center and shelter for homeless youths. But in recent weeks, the agency withdrew its pending application for additional funds provided through the federal Runaway and Homeless Youth Act.
Observers familiar with local homeless programs say the withdrawal may reflect the agency's nervousness about continuing to accept federal funds for a shelter that had not reopened for more than a year.
Brown, the program officer with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was the first to formally lodge concerns about EHC's youth shelter. EHC was far from the only agency Brown found problems with when she arrived in California last year; she reported violations at as many as a dozen agencies from Santa Cruz to Southern California, including employees housing youths at their homes and funds being used to run phantom shelters.

After some grantees, including EHC, complained that she was overly aggressive and difficult to work with, Brown was recently placed on administrative leave. But her former boss praises her approach as just what's needed to protect vulnerable children.
"Everything she found was proven to be true, and nothing has been trivial," said Karen Morison, a former associate commissioner for the federal Family and Youth Services Bureau.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss said she was unaware of the investigation launched by Brown but noted her own ongoing concerns about EHC. Kniss abstained from an August supervisors' vote to give the agency more than $1 million for a no-bid contract, citing its history of poor fiscal control.

"I frequently felt we weren't getting good information from them," Kniss said, "and that the financial situation was obfuscated."

Contact Karen de Sá at kdesa@mercurynews.com or (408) 920-5781.