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IMG_0307-300x200According to the Department of Justice, Patricia Waible, of Nashua, NH, plead guilty to two counts of making false statements during the investigation of a patient’s death. The defendant allegedly claimed that she had conducted the required hourly bed checks on the patient the night of his death, but investigators later found that this was not the case.

On July 3rd, 2016, Waible was working as a nursing assistant at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford. Her shift was scheduled from midnight to 8 am in the nursing home unit. During that shift, Waible was responsible for performing hourly bed checks to ensure that patients were breathing. One of these patients was known to suffer from multiple health complications and was found unresponsive early that morning.

The patient was transferred to the facility’s emergency room, where he was soon pronounced dead. An investigation followed, where Waible stated on multiple occasions that she had performed the required hourly bed checks on the patients when she had not.

Duke lawsuitFormer Duke lab research analyst, Joseph Thomas, sued the university after discovering that data had been falsified in order to secure $1 million in federal grants. Following the allegations, Duke has to agree to pay the U.S. government a settlement of $112.5 million of which Thomas will receive $33.75 million for bringing the case forward as a whistleblower under the False Claims Act.  Counsel for the plaintiff, is John Thomas, of Healy Hafemann Magee in Virginia.

According to the lawsuit, Thomas was working as a lab analyst at Duke when he realized that one of the university’s most valuable projects, which documented the lung functions of mice, was submitting falsified data in an effort to secure grants. The fraudulent data earned grants from major institutions for its continuation, including the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thomas alleges that the submitted claims took place over several years, and were mainly lead by former pulmonary division clinical research coordinator, Erin Potts-Kant. The lawsuit explains that Potts-Kant’s position included the responsibility of validating the data of all completed experiments prior to any claims being submitted. However, Thomas alleges that this rarely occurred and instead much of the submitted data was entirely falsified.

false certifications An investigation by the U.S. Space Agency found that a metals manufacturer had provided hardware to Nasa backed by fraudulent test results. These materials eventually resulted in a loss of over $700 million, as well as multiple failed satellite launches. The company involved in the fraudulent materials scheme was an Oregon based company called Sapa Profiles Inc., which according to the investigation has falsified thousands of parts certifications throughout its nearly 20 years in business.

According to NASA, the faulty parts were used to surround a rocket named the Taurus XL, which was designed to deliver years of satellite research regarding the Earth’s climate. However, with the uncertified parts installed, the rocket was not able to break out of its encasement properly during launch. This effectively destroyed the project and resulted in several years of work and funding put to waste.

When testing results are altered and certifications are provided falsely, missions fail,” stated the director of launch services for NASA, Jim Norman. However, the Taurus XL was not the only equipment ruined by the faulty hardware provided by Sapa Profiles Inc.

MV Marguerita
A Czech seaman working aboard a German cargo ship observed an engineer to leak oil into the ocean using extra pipes configured on the boat. When the vessel came into Portlend Maine, he reported this to the authorities which investigated and eventually the U.S. find the German owners $3.5 million for the infraction of international law. Now, a Judge has ordered that the seaman whistleblower be rewarded for his courage and he will receive a percentage of the $3.5 million. Last year, the U.S. government fined ship owners over $50 million for pumping pollution into the oceans. These investigations are on the rise because ocean vessels committing these violations are spiking heavily. Here is more on what happened regarding the MV Marguerita:

Alleged Fraud of Oil Record Books

The German cargo ship MV Marguerita was detained under the impression that it had entered the U.S. waters and the port in Portland at least eight times with falsified oil record books. This was only determined after a thorough investigation by the Coast Guard. They were able to determine that one of the engineers was using extra pipes and hardware to dispose of the oil. The act that alerted the authorities to this crime was the whistleblowing from Czech seaman Jaroslav Hornof who bravely spoke out against this crime and was commended for his courage. In an affidavit, Hornof said he learned that one of the chief engineers on the Marguerita was using extra pipes to discharge oily water into the ocean. When the engineer denied doing so, Hornof made secret videos of the dumping and turned them over to the United States authorities. He gave the authorities his information and they eventually boarded the ship. Under investigation, the Coast Guard was able to determine that they falsified the oil record books and dumped oil directly into the ocean, which is in direct violation of an international treaty.