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CBS News Reports on James Hoyer Whistleblower Case

CBS News examined a recently unsealed whistleblower case in which members of the military were targeted for their Tuition Assistance dollars.  The lawsuit outlines a scheme to get service members to sign up for online certificate courses which were not eligible for the government money.  Click on the video above to watch the CBS report by correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

The James Hoyer Law Firm represents whistleblower Adam Boyce who came forward to the government after concerns that Army National Guard members were being subjected to a bait and switch for online certificate courses. Boyce was a marketing director for a middleman company called Ed4Mil.  Ed4Mil recruited soldiers to take online classes at a private school in New Jersey, just outside of  New York City, called Caldwell College.

After working at Ed4Mil for several months, Boyce discovered  the online courses were actually provided by another school called Penn Foster, which did not  qualify to receive Army Tuition Assistance for the certificate courses being offered, like Gun-Smithing, Jewelry Design and Medical Billing and Coding.

Making matters worse, the courses being sold to National Guard members as Caldwell College classes were marked up to cost 6-times more than civilians were charged for the Penn Foster courses. A typical course at Penn Foster cost about $700, but when sold as a Caldwell Course, was marked up to about $4500, which is the maximum amount of Tuition Assistance a service member can receive in one year.

Boyce was outraged to discover that members of the military were being deceived and that taxpayers were paying for it.  His whistleblower case seeks to recover millions of dollars for the U.S. Government which were paid to Caldwell College and Ed4Mil, to which the lawsuit alleges they were not entitled.  The case is pending in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

If you have any information you believe could be helpful, please click here to contact the James Hoyer Law Firm.

 

 

James Hoyer Investigator Speaks at Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference

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2013 IRE Panel on Whistleblowers
From left: Angie Moreschi, David Corn, Pia Malbran

James Hoyer Investigator and Communications Director Angie Moreschi was a speaker at this year’s 2013 Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  IRE is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.  Many of the country’s best investigative reporters are members.

Moreschi was on a panel about whistleblowers and protecting sources with Mother Jones Magazine’s Washington Bureau Chief David Corn and CBS News Investigative Producer Pia Malbran.  Moreschi was an award winning,  investigative reporter for 20 years at TV stations around the country prior to joining the James Hoyer Law Firm.

Corporate Whistleblowers

Moreschi’s presentation at IRE focused on corporate whistleblowers and how they’ve become such an important tool in fighting fraud against the government.   Last year alone, the Department of Justice recovered nearly $5 billion in taxpayer money with the help of whistleblower lawsuits– $3 billion of that came from healthcare fraud. Cases range from hospitals over-billing Medicaid/Medicare to pharmaceutical companies promoting drugs for off-label uses.

Moreschi also discussed how whistleblower lawsuits work and the history of the False Claims Act.

The 47% Video

David Corn of Mother Jones is the journalist who broke the story on the Mitt Romney 47-percent video, which came out during the 2012 presidential campaign.  The now infamous video includes Romney’s remarks talking about the 47 percent of Americans he characterized as “victims.”

“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him (President Obama), who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them…These are people who pay no income tax.”

When originally reporting the story, Corn did not reveal the source of the recording, honoring a pledge to protect the person’s identity.  During his IRE presentation, Corn described how he got the exclusive and the evolution of the source’s decision to reveal himself.

Protecting Sources

CBS News Investigative Producer Pia Malbran discussed the importance of protecting sources.  Malbran said it takes a very unique person to come forward and put their livelihood on the line to expose wrongdoing.  She stressed the need to be extra sensitive to their difficult situation when reporting on their stories.