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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Whistleblower case nets $389,355 fine from computer contractor at Hanford

Based on a case brought by whistleblowers, a company that was supposed to provide a functional electronic-medical-records system for Hanford has agreed to pay $389,355 to resolve allegations that it …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

More claims of abuse, retaliation at Idaho state-run center for the disabled

A former employee of a state-run facility in Nampa has filed a whistleblower claim against two Idaho agencies, saying she spoke up about abuse and neglect, then was pulled from …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

Former Tesla employee blasted by Elon Musk takes battle to SEC, filing whistleblower complaint

Martin Tripp, the fired Tesla technician fighting a corporate legal battle and a war of words with chief Elon Musk, has formally filed a tip with the Securities and Exchange …


Spain: HSBC whistleblower released pending extradition case

Spanish authorities temporarily released a whistleblower in a major banking tax evasion scandal Thursday while a judge decides whether to extradite him to Switzerland, where he faces a 5-year prison …


Facebook data whistleblower: ‘fake news to the next level’

A Trump-affiliated firm under scrutiny for inappropriately obtaining data on tens of millions of Facebook users created profiling algorithms that “took fake news to the next level,” a former employee …


Blaine County, former employee reach agreement on lawsuit

Central Idaho officials have tentatively agreed to settle a wrongful-termination, whistleblower lawsuit.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Otter tabs Melinda Smyser as new state labor chief

Melinda Smyser, current regional director for U.S. Sen. Jim Risch and a former state senator from Parma, was named director of the Idaho Department of Labor on Friday by Gov. …


Russian doping whistleblower faces arrest if he returns

A Russian court has ruled that doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov should be arrested if he returns to his home country.


Whistleblower helps secure $2 million settlement over contract rigging at Hanford

A whistleblower has been paid $470,000 out of a $2 million settlement after successfully challenging what she and government prosecutors say was a shell company at the Hanford nuclear site.


Montana House endorses whistleblower measures

The Montana House has given preliminary approval to two bills that add whistleblower protections to the state’s ethics code.


Google’s policies deter whistle-blowing, employee alleges in lawsuit

A Google Inc. employee has filed a lawsuit against the technology giant, alleging the company’s confidentiality policies illegally dissuade current and former workers from whistle-blowing.


Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises settles government-overbilling lawsuit for $5 million

Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises Inc. will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company siphoned millions of dollars from the federal government by overbilling or billing for services …


Lawsuit says Idaho agency fired whistleblower, used its subpoena power to go after his personal cell phone records

The Idaho Department of Labor used subpoena powers granted for specific purposes to instead obtain a whistleblower employee’s personal cell phone records, then fired the employee over the results of …


Judge awards former Rockwood CFO $1.9 million in whistleblower accounting complaint

A judge awarded Rockwood’s former chief financial officer $1.9 million this week


Congressional report slams NSA leaker Edward Snowden

A House intelligence committee report on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says he’s not a whistleblower and that the vast majority of the documents he stole were military and …


SEC awards $22 million to Monsanto whistleblower

A former Monsanto financial executive who blew the whistle on the company’s accounting practices has been awarded a $22.4 million share of the government’s settlement with Monsanto, according to his …


Seattle federal worker who exposed veteran’s fraud on defensive

A federal employee in Seattle helped expose a fraud in which an Army veteran lied his way to a Purple Heart and hundreds of thousands of dollars in government benefits. …


Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging

A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on …


Jury awards BNSF Railway whistleblower $1.6 million

A former BNSF Railway employee who says he was fired after conducting a brake test despite objections from his supervisors has been awarded $1.6 million.


Cop code of silence: Chicago mayor caught in middle of legal battle

In an unprecedented move, city attorneys on Friday offered to admit to a federal jury that a code of silence exists in the Chicago Police Department if it meant Mayor …


Clearwater Paper ordered to pay $235,000 to whistleblower

A federal judge has ordered Clearwater Paper Corp. to pay a former employee $235,000 after ruling the company fired him for filing a report with a federal agency about unsafe …


Julian Assange claims total vindication with U.N. panel ruling

A little-known United Nations human rights panel has sided with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his long-running battle with Swedish and British authorities, saying he should be allowed to walk …


Feds accuse Valley company Monaco Enterprises of overbilling military

Federal prosecutors accuse a Spokane Valley manufacturer of systematically overbilling the U.S. military, potentially involving hundreds of contracts spanning more than five years. The allegations against Monaco Enterprises were first …


Spokane Valley’s Monaco Enterprises accused of overbilling U.S. military

Federal prosecutors accuse a Spokane Valley manufacturer of systematically overbilling the U.S. military, potentially involving hundreds of contracts over more than five years. The allegations against Monaco Enterprises were first …


Idaho juvenile corrections employees say agency stalling over records

BOISE – A group of Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections employees who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state say the agency is violating a judge’s order to meet and …


Department of Labor files complaint after whistleblower firing at Clearwater Paper

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a whistleblower complaint against Clearwater Paper Corp. for allegedly firing a worker who raised concerns about excessive sawdust exposure.


Audit of Spokane County assessor’s office finds late appraisals

The Spokane County assessor’s office undervalued scores of properties for years, according to a state audit for 2008 and 2009. The report released Monday says new construction on 157 properties …


State auditor criticizes Spokane County Assessor’s Office

New construction overlooked, coding errors missed


Democratic lawmaker: ‘Professionalize’ Idaho’s tax panel

BOISE - Idaho Rep. Wendy Jaquet plans to introduce sweeping legislation to reform Idaho’s state Tax Commission, shifting it from an agency run by four full-time political appointees to one …


Pending tax deals could cost Idaho $75 million

Idaho stands to lose more than $75 million just from tax compromises that are now in the works, according to a group of whistleblowers who are current and former employees …