DNA Test Kits Reveal Decades-Long Fertility Fraud

DNA Test Kits Reveal Decades-Long Fertility Fraud

Matt White, Jacoba Ballard and Heather Woock all grew up in or around Indianapolis, Indiana, never having met one another and never imagining that they might share the same biological father. In the years 2014 to 2016, all three were in their 30s and all individually decided to partake in the recent popularity of DNA test kits, which led them to discover their shocking biological connection. After a series of messages and meetups with others who shared the same DNA, the half-siblings gradually discovered a whole circle of more than 50 people who share half of their genetic makeup. The uniting parent? Donald Cline, a fertility doctor who secretly used his own sperm to impregnate patients seeking his counsel during the 1970s and 80s.

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DOJ Issues New Guidance for Corporate Compliance Programs

DOJ Issues New Guidance for Corporate Compliance Programs

In April 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance designed to assist federal prosecutors in evaluating corporate compliance programs. In criminal cases, prosecutors will use the new guidance to determine whether a company’s compliance program was adequate and effective. This determination is important because companies can receive more lenient treatment if they had an effective compliance program in place at the time of the offense.

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NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

NASA Falls Victim to a 19-Year Fraud Scheme

In 2009, NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission failed after the satellite couldn’t reach its intended orbit because the structure that encapsulates the satellite during launch refused to separate from the vessel upon command. The same malfunction occurred in 2011, when NASA’s Glory mission satellite was destroyed in the atmosphere after its shell did not open fully. After years of technical and mechanical investigations, NASA Launch Services Program announced on April 30 that they had located the root cause of the mission failures: faulty metals sold to NASA by Sapa Profiles Inc., an aluminum manufacturing company based in Oregon.

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Report to the Nations: Read the Stories Behind the Numbers

Report to the Nations: Read the Stories Behind the Numbers

Fraud inherently deals with lots of numerical data and fraud examiners are experts at diving into those numbers and finding evidence of wrong-doing. However, with balance sheets, ledgers, expense reports and other dense documents at the forefront of many investigations, it’s easy to forget the stories of those people affected by the fraud.

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Elizabeth Holmes: The Next Steve Jobs or Bernie Madoff?

Elizabeth Holmes: The Next Steve Jobs or Bernie Madoff?

Much has been written and recorded about Elizabeth Holmes and her biotech start-up Theranos, once valued at more than $10 billion. ABC Radio recently released a six-episode podcast titled “The Dropout” that chronicles the rise and fall of the figure who critics have come to call the 21st century’s Bernie Madoff, and dedicated followers of the years-long fraud scandal will recall the original Wall Street Journal reports by John Carreyrou that drew national attention to the fraud when they were released starting in 2015. Carreyrou subsequently published the impeccably-researched Bad Blood, a critically-revered book that chronicles the intricacies of the scandalizing saga. For those who prefer the filmic format of delivery, HBO put out a gripping documentary that provides all the requisite information in a mere two hours, a minuscule time investment in comparison to the decades-long fraud for which Holmes continues to face legal battles.

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