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Florida Whistle-Blower Wins Vindication

Posted on January20, 2015
Candace Carter, a former biological science technician at Canaveral National Seashore, has won a whistle-blower retaliation ruling. Carter first alerted the Office of Inspector General about misconduct including nepotism and contracting violations in 2011. After an initial investigation found wrongdoing, Carter again alerted the OIG in 2014 that the staff continued to split purchases to smaller dollar amounts to avoid competitive bids. While park officials will not comment because of privacy rights, additional training has been provided to the staff…
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Miami-Dade IG Uncovers Airport Insurance Scam

Posted on January09, 2015
A recent press release from Miami-Dade Inspector General Mary T. Cagle reported that the OIG investigation into insurance company Sabal Insurance Group had found over $400,000 in over-billing to Miami-Dade's airport and Quality Aircraft Services Inc. The insurance company and president, Ian Norris, were charged with five counts of grand theft after inflating prices for workers compensation and general liability insurance. The investigation was launched thanks to a whistle-blower who came forward and outlined the scheme. According to the warrant,…
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Inspector General Reports Afghan Government May Have Abused Billions

Posted on February14, 2013
NATO pledges of massive amounts of cash aid to the Afghan government require a rethink, according to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, who warns that the Afghan government has no capacity to manage such funds. Corruption in Afghanistan is at almost cartoonishly absurd levels, with roughly half the nation on the hook for at least one bribe in any given year and the bribes totally about double the Afghan government’s legitimate revenue. Doling out billions upon billions…
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Inspector General Faces New Job Review in Fighting Fraud and Corruption

Posted on November02, 2012
Palm Beach County's government corruption watchdog is about to get a new report card that will help determine whether she keeps her job. Supporters credit Inspector General Sheryl Steckler's oversight since 2010 with helping change the image of corruption-plagued Palm Beach County. But critics question the broad scope and rising cost of her investigative reach. A legal challenge filed by a coalition of local cities has threatened Steckler's funding. Both opponents and backers are being invited to chime in on…
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Lawsuit Dismissed by Cook County Circuit Court

Posted on April22, 2010
"The city’s watchdog agency in charge of uncovering City Hall corruption lost a court fight to force Mayor Richard Daley’s administration to turn over documents relating to the awarding of a no-bid contract. The Inspector General’s Office last fall sued Daley’s top lawyer, Mara Georges, and accused her of stymieing an internal investigation into possible wrongdoing by current and former employees. ...Cook County Circuit Court judge dismissed the lawsuit. The judge found that the inspector general does not have the…
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