Pittsburgh Post Gazette Exposé On Local Whistleblowers

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published an in-depth article on the growth of local false claims act cases and the whistleblowers behind them. The article focused on efforts of Dave Hickton, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, who has diverted more of his office’s resources to false claims act cases. The cases include:

  • U.S. ex rel. Lyttle v. AT&T, which alleged that that AT&T was reaping huge profits permitting a scan for relaying calls of deaf individuals;
  • U.S. ex rel. Washington v. Education Management Corporation, for compensating recruiters based on the number of students they enrolled in for-profit schools even if the students were not appropriate for the education. The case alleges that the corporation reaped $11 billion in federal student aid for ineligible students.

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