Whistleblowers: The New Bounty Hunters

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    That promise of cash is providing a new incentive for employees to reveal wrongdoing in their companies. What would you do?

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    Have you ever been tempted to blow the whistle on something suspicious you've witnesses in the workplace? Take our poll and share your opinion.

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    This is the story of the most successful—and least known—whistleblower operation of all time.  Four men who have made a vast fortune blowing the whistle on the drug industry, forcing Big Pharma to pay the federal government over a billion dollars in settlements.

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  • Wall Street

    With new whistleblower rules coming to Wall Street, the industry's lobbyists have mounted a furious behind-the-scenes effort to constrain the reach of the new protections.

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    Whistleblowers who expose fraud, corruption and other kinds of wrongdoing can be deeply religious people, whose faith gives them an identity outside their corporate life.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seal hangs on the facade of its building in Washington, DC.

    The SEC has chosen a former Altria and AOL executive to head its new Whistleblower Office, the commission said Friday.  Sean McKessy will wield the new power given to the SEC under the Dodd-Frank law passed last year.

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    How much do you know about whistleblowers?

  • They live in a secret world, risking their careers and reputations to expose corporate fraud—and sometimes make tens of millions of dollars. Wall Street is suddenly paying attention because the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law extends whistleblower provisions to Wall Street for the first time. That means employees who expose fraud and wrongdoing stand to collect 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government. Some of these whistleblowers have already made millions, others have end

    Here are some of the most interesting whistleblowers, in their own words, from interviews with CNBC.

  • If you have any information about these fugitives, call your local branch of the FBI, or visit their website.

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    Wall Street is suddenly paying attention to the culture of whistleblowing, because the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law, for the first time, extends whistleblower provisions to Wall Street, meaning employees who expose fraud and wrongdoing stand to collect between 10 and 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government.

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    When President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act into law last summer, very few in the financial industry knew that the bill included a massive change in the way whistleblowing law works in this country.

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    Forget what you think you know about lone whistleblowers taking on giant corporations all by themselves. These days, there's a cottage industry to support—and profit from—whistleblowing.

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    Taking a look at the biggest fraud cases of all time, and you're left with just one question: What's wrong with the pharmaceutical industry?

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