What You Need to Know About Corporate Investigations

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New corporate clients often ask us a lot of questions. We’ve compiled the most commons ones along with answers straight from our team of seasoned private investigators. Sit back and get to find out why your company might be in need of a corporate investigation.

What is corporate investigation?

Corporate investigation is a deep assessment conducted by a private investigator to help organizations be protected from compromised customer information, misuse or abuse of your company network, possible damaged reputation, or any liability if your company network has been used to launch an attack on other systems.

In a nutshell, corporate investigations perform a thorough investigation of your operations and that is why it can also be referred to as business investigations.

What services are provided by private eyes for corporate investigations?

If you want to find out if embezzlement or fraud is going on, if a potential business partner is clean, or if a possible business merger will benefit you, then a corporate investigation is a service that private investigators can provide to help with that.

Private investigators can provide business investigation services for a wide range of topics such as criminal inquiries, background checks, financial searches, and intellectual property breach.

Why would a company need business investigation?

Business these days is all about being informed so you can make the best decisions. Business investigations arm you with that information and other tools for your organization’s success. Examples of this are as follows:

  • Businesses remain prosperous through brand monitoring, media monitoring, compliance audits, and internet monitoring.
  • You can be protected from your competition and those who wish to take advantage of your company with the help of intellectual property investigations.
  • Internal operations can be protected from fraud by checking up on your new partners (or third parties that you hire) and performing background checks for potential hires, more so for a crucial position.
  • Investigations on due diligence can prevent your company from heading to a lawsuit.
  • Your company can get the compensation or damages it is entitled to in the event of a deal gone sour or a partnership that has gone rogue.

What happens during a corporate investigation?

Business investigations can be performed a variety of ways and tailored to your specific needs. The private investigator you hire will guide you on what specific services you need based on your case. This is why it is crucial that you be as direct about the information you are seeking or the needs you want to be addressed so the private investigator can help resolve your situation.

What services are conducted during a business investigation?

Some of the services provided by private investigators include due diligence, integrity testing, counter measure sweeps, computer forensics, financial investigation, surveillance, and security penetration checks.

Why you need to hire a private investigator for a corporate investigation?

Let’s face it, the more you know about your competitors, your internal operations, your business partners, and your market, the more likely that you’ll succeed. It is not uncommon for companies these days to have internal corporate investigators or have some private investigators on retainer so that they can get the information they need as soon as they need them.

Being on top of what is going on means having an edge over everyone else. Businesses are complex entities, and the larger your business, the less likely that the ‘real score’ gets delivered on top. With corporate investigations, you’ll be able to see through departments that may be hiding data, partners that may also be partners with your competitors, or moles posing as job applicants.

Don’t forget, hiring experienced private investigators that knows the ins and outs of corporate law means getting data that matters, that is admissible in court, and free from corporate politics.

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Hiring a Private Investigator to Run In-Depth Background Checks

If you’re thinking about conducting background checks, you might be wondering if hiring a private investigator will make a difference. That is a good question to have because private investigation services don’t usually come cheap. Is it truly worth it to hire a private investigator for running background checks?

What Background Checks Are For

Background checks are done as a preventive measure to minimize risks. Before welcoming someone as part of your organization, you’ll want to at least know that he or she is who he or she presents to be. The last thing you want is to hire someone who has a history of business fraud or is connected to a competitor. Know that once someone is part of your company, he or she will have access to a lot of information that can hurt you, your business, and your clients or customers. With this in mind, running background checks is a good investment that can save you from trouble and losses in the future.

Cost of Hiring a PI Agency for Background Checks

How much a private investigator may charge varies because of many factors. Some background checks may require more effort and resources and hence, will cost more. Some may take just a few days of work and some may need a few weeks to sort through things depending on the depth and purpose of the background check being done.

Why Use a PI Agency for Background Checks?

It is possible that you’re quite internet-savvy and can look up some data that are not readily available. However, a licensed private investigator often has access to more secure databases because they oftentimes possess a background in security, know the right people, and can legally do so. Because of this, professional private investigators can provide deeper checks and better analysis that in turn produce better results for their clients. Perhaps you or someone you know can also extract data; however, it takes years of experience and practice to know how to do proper and legal data extraction. More so, should there be data that is vague, a private investigator is capable of following up via the right avenue until clear answers are extracted.

Do it the Right Way

Perhaps one of the most commonly overlooked reasons why you need to hire a private investigator to conduct background checks is to make sure that everything remains legal. There is a fine line between stalking, invasion of privacy, and plain background check. Unless you truly know the ins and outs of everything, you might end up committing a chargeable offence by doing a DIY background check. By hiring a licensed private investigator, you can be sure of professional procedures that do not violate any law and can keep you out of trouble too.

Are you looking for reliable private investigation service providers in Toronto and Ontario? Contact us at Haywood Hunt & Associates. We’ll be happy to answer questions you may have and will be glad to assist you should you decide to hire a private investigator from our team.

Why Your Business May Need a Private Investigator

Most people think that a business only needs a private investigator when something goes wrong. Some think that a private investigator is only hired for investigating personal matters such as infidelity or finding missing children. Private investigation services have evolved by quite a lot in the past decade. These days, more private investigators are working with businesses than investigating personal matters.

Nowadays, there is an increasing number of small businesses and entrepreneurs who hire private investigators for a variety of private investigation services such as tracking business partners, doing background checks, and more. Below are the ways that a business may benefit from hiring a private investigator.

Referrals to Attorneys

Private investigators work with lawyers from a lot of fields. They know who overcharges clients, who has a less than desirable track record, and who’s the best. If you want to know which lawyer you should hire for your business, you should consult your private investigator.

Due Diligence Report for People in Key Positions

It isn’t easy to pick someone who will take care of your business the way you would. You certainly can’t afford to hire the wrong CFO. An unprofessional Chief Financial Officer with a history of money problems can leave your business vulnerable to theft from within. A few hundred dollars spent on a private eye’s services can save you thousands or millions down the road.

Smoother Business Acquisitions

It would be a disaster to acquire a business that you know nothing about; hence, a background check is a necessary first step to make sure that you’re not wasting your investment. The information gathered from a background check can also be used as a trump card in negotiations.

A private investigator can provide you with the following data:

  • Property information
  • Corporate assets
  • Parent companies
  • Current and past employees
  • Risk assessments
  • Officers and directors

Look Up Investment Opportunities

Investing in other companies or businesses can be risky. A private investigator check a company and find out if a potential partnership with them will be truly beneficial for you. You can’t beat accurate information to support business decisions especially when dealing with possible issues, bad employees, existing issues in the company, and pending lawsuits, if any exists.

Background Checks

Not only is it smart to background check potential partners, investments, and acquisitions, it is even smarter to make sure that new hires for your business have undergone a background check. One rotten tomato in your staff can spoil the rest. A private investigator can look up risks, uncover patterns of illegal or irresponsible actions, verify educational backgrounds, and check job history to make sure that you have honest and qualified employees. In the event that you suspect a member of your team has been up to no good, a private investigator can put that person in surveillance to verify your suspicions. Imagine the peace of mind you’ll get when you can get clear answers whether an employee has been disloyal or not.

Are you thinking of availing of private investigation services for your business? Contact us at Haywood Hunt for your obligation-free initial assessment. Talk to us about how you want us to help your business grow stronger.

 

HACTIVISM Taking Aim at the Manufacturing Sector

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When hacktivism enters in to discussions, the “Anonymous” group and “Occupy Movement” is often what comes to mind. While there are many groups and individuals who align themselves with this ideology and practice, the consistency amongst them is their intention and their purpose. On the Anonymous side, the global hacking community has been associated with taking down websites from mainstream media, stealing data from servers of financial institutions and compromising personal information from A-list celebrities.
Much like any activist group, mass inception and global identity and recognition doesn’t happen over night. Individuals aligning themselves to these causes and finding like-minded groups take time. Through their tenacity and perseverance, their popular following is expanding at a rapid pace.

To illustrate this point, look no further than the Twitter account of Anonymous. Their current following is upwards of 1.67 million people. While it should not be suggested that all of these individuals are fellow hackers or share in the same beliefs, one can safely assume that there are individuals who wish to stay so “dark” that they have no social media presence at all.

Any profile on any website starts with but a mere one follower. From there, the audience grows and with it, the amplification of their cause.

In the final days of 2016, Anonymous and an allied group named HackBack, set their sights on the Bildeberg Group. During this attack, the hackers gained access to their website. They placed an ominous warning to the members of what they called “the political elite”. They gave the membership 365 days to act for the common people or further hacking incidents would occur.

This is at least the second time this group has become prayed upon; The first coming in June of 2016, during their annual meeting. A DDoS attack rendered their website inaccessible to the delegation and the general public during that time.

Roughly 150 members of the Bildeberg Group attend this annual conference to discuss matters relating to politics, economy and of course, industry.
Not only have the number of devout followers increased rapidly over a short period of time for these groups, but they also have become more elaborate in their methodology and delivery. The advancement of technology and the ease of its access can be given partial credit to this.

Recent Hactivism Incidents

January 11th, 2017, an affiliate group of Anonymous announced publicly that they would commence occupying Guildhall Square in Ireland. The group provided the exact date, location and time of this movement…to bring attention to austerity through continuous and growing protests.
April of 2016, Gold Corp servers were illegally accessed and digital files were stolen. The information stolen from Gold Corp included employee personnel records, internal correspondence and external emails, budget reports and contact information of international associates.
In March of 2016, the website belonging to BCGold Corp was manipulated by hackers. The mainpage was replaced with a YouTube video of Rick Astley’s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up”. An Anonymous group calling themselves #OpCanary took responsibility for the attack.

This account has roughly 1700 followers and has posted as recently as September of 2016. The description in their bio speaks volumes of their previous actions and should give some insight in to what future plans they may have.
“Surveillance and military corporations are symptoms. Resource Corporations are the disease.”
Contrary to what their name may suggest, these groups have been quite open about their intentions.

The hackers took another step with the information. They compared portions of the data they had obtained through countless publicly accessible social media platforms, such as LinkedIn. The information from payroll, email correspondence and budget reports all became much more relevant when compared to social media posts. Again, this is the very same information that the individual employees chose to make public through social media.

There is a delicate balance between the utilizing social media for corporate branding and increasing the reach potential of an organization against the necessity to effectively safeguard physical and cyber security of the company and its employees.

The frequency of hacktivism activities will continue. Being mindful of these groups and their intentions will serve to anticipate actions taken against corporations and agencies. Continuously measuring and evaluating the security of companies, their partners and their employees will work effectively to limiting the risk of additional disruptions, liabilities and financial losses.

Guilty Plea by Former Concrete Equities Exec in $20M Fraud Case

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1,200 investors were defrauded for a total sum of more than $20 million in an investment scam, and one of the involved pleaded guilty for his role in the scheme. Sounds like justice? It might seem like that until you hear that he’s not likely to spend a minute of time in jail.

The Guilty Plea

Varun Aurora, a former concrete equities executive pleaded guilty to fraud regarding his role in tricking around 1200 investors out of $20 million. The Securities Commission asked the court to distribute $1.8 million of Aurora’s frozen funds to his victims.

Aurora, 33, pleaded guilty to a single fraud charge of $5,000 in a courtroom packed with many of his victims. Some of the victims could even be heard crying amidst all these. A few of the victims shared that they felt suicidal while some shared that they felt traumatized. Many of Aurora’s victims are retirees or nearly retired who are now facing having to work for a few more years to recuperate from the losses brought on by the fraud. The other charges against him were dropped.

Prosecutor Stephen Johnson read aloud some of the statements from Aurora’s 98 victims who shared victim impact statements with the court. One Gordon Shaw shared that he lost his home as a result of investing in the fraudulent company. His victim impact statement shows that he called those who were involved in the scam as ‘greedy men’. Shaw also wrote that he is upset, disappointed, and unable to relax about the matter as he is having feelings of betrayal.

The Scam

The scam involved promising investors a return of more than 5x (500%) if they buy a stake in an undeveloped beach property which was supposedly in Mexico. No such development exists according to Johnston.

Donna Anderson and Denise Hamilton both lost money when they invested with Concrete Equities. The ladies expressed that they want to see Aurora get some jail time for what he did.

Both women shared that the money they lost through the fraudulent company has had a huge impact on their lives. They thought they’ll be doing well in retirement only to find out that it was all a lie. Anderson described the financial impact as ‘horrendous’.

Aurora was a former executive at Concrete Equities who was also an officer of the real estate project which deceived investors. The project, called El Golfo, presented investors with exaggerated and untrue statements. Even Aurora’s education was misrepresented.

El Golfo raised $25 million in 2009 and the project collapsed afterward.

Aurora’s Involvement

Johnston said that Aurora’s involvement in the fraud is minimal but he also knew what was going on and simply turned a blind eye. Because of this, prosecutors Brian Kiers and Stephen Johnston together with defense lawyer Brian Beresh recommended a 2-year conditional sentence for Aurora.

As part of his sentence, Aurora has paid $1 million in restitution. 9 of his family members were also in court. He came back voluntarily to face his charges after he was arrested in India.

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Employees as First Line of Defense Against CEO Fraud

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Alarming as this may sound, CEO fraud emails are becoming more common in recent times. Scams like these are often well-crafted and may sound legitimate; thus targeting employees that may not be too savvy with how the organization works. For this reason, employee education is of utmost importance to combat this type of fraud and when possible, mitigate risks and losses.

CEO fraud email campaigns are also known as business email compromise attacks. Fake emails from CEOs are designed to con accounting staff into thinking that a legitimate email has been sent ordering them to schedule and approve deceitful wire transfers.

Oftentimes, otherwise diligent employees are tricked into thinking that an emergency fund transfer has to be done, thus they are more apt to bypass basic security measures. If an employee receives the fraudulent email and thinks that by approving the transfer he or she will be helping the company, then large sums of money can be transferred to the fake CEO account.

Ballooning Losses to CEO Fraud

Let’s take a look at an FBI report. According to our neighbouring country’s investigative agency, business email attacks were responsible for a worldwide loss of more than $1.2 billion between October 2013 to August 2015. This figure was disputed by Bank of the West deputy chief security officer David Pollino who estimated that last year’s losses alone could have easily been more than $1 billion.

According to recent surveys, about half of businesses today are exposed to email and wire fraud. JP Morgan Chase managing director and treasury executive Nancy McDonnell was noted as saying that payments and cyber fraud schemes are growing in sophistication each year. She added that recognizing and managing these threats is crucial to protecting one’s organization. Furthermore, she shared that investing in employee education, infrastructure controls, and appropriate data-protection tools is fundamental to every business.

CEO Email Scam – Big Money for Little Effort

The reason this scam is so prevalent is that the chances of success and big payout for perpetrators is huge compared to any effort they put in. the fraudster (or fraudsters) simply makes an email address that mimics the email address of the CEO and uses that email to demand funds from the organization via email in the guise of an urgent wire transfer for company expense. These emails will typically be embellished with company details to seem legitimate.

There may be times that an email would be followed by a few more to pressure the recipient to take immediate action. This is why the importance of employee education can’t be discounted for matters like this. An employee who has been briefed on company policies and protocols will not bypass basic security measures to give in to a seemingly legitimate demand because of the knowledge that the protocols are known to their superiors as well.

Employee Education Matters!

Of course email authentication can help with minimizing the risks and losses but employee education is still your best line of defense. In the event that a mistake has been made or if the funds transfer has already been done before the scam was discovered, a trained employee will also know what actions to do next such as contacting law enforcement or the bank’s fraud department.

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Lawyer in Ontario Allegedly Stole Millions from His Clients

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Your lawyer is probably the last person you can expect to do something shady but sometimes people are simply not who they present themselves to be. Earlier this month in Rockland, Ontario, a lawyer had his license suspended after it was discovered that around $4 million in funds held trust for the lawyer’s clients was missing.

Tale of the Missing $4 Million

The lawyer, Joseph Stephane Langlois, have close to 20 years work experience. His colleague, a senior partner at Charron Langlois LLP shared that he is in shock after finding out about the discrepancies in the bank accounts for Langlois’ clients.

Pierre Charron, Langlois’s partner at the firm says that he finds it personally deeply distasteful to deal with Langlois but he has no choice. He shared that he’s at a loss for words and that he is still in a state of utter and unbelievable shock over the issue.

A notice of motion was filed with the Law Society Tribunal wherein allegations state that only $220,000 was left of the about $4 million in funds that Langlois was holding for his clients in trust. A recent review of accounts was the instrument for the discovery of the discrepancy.

In the motion, it was also claimed that Langlois made an admission to a Law Society investigator about where the money went. He said that he spent close to $1 million of the money in trust for his law firm and personal use.

Langlois and his lawyer attended a hearing in Toronto earlier this month. In the hearing, a panel ordered Langlois not to practice law as his license is temporarily suspended for the duration of the investigation. It is to be noted that Langlois practiced family and commercial law.

Dealing with the Backlash

In the meantime, Pierre Charron created a new law firm with a new name in an effort to distance himself from his former partner. His firm’s name is Charron Pilon Sauve and all 3 partners in the new firm were able to retain 95% of their clients after the discovery of the issue with the missing funds, shared Charron.

As for now, the Law Society is continuing its investigation. Charron shared that he cannot comment on who and how many clients are affected by the missing funds.

Pierre Charron has been in practicing law for 31 years. He shared that from his first day as a lawyer, it is understood that a lawyer simply should treat dealing with another person’s money as a sacred duty. Messing with it is certainly out of the question.

DRS Construction’s owner Gerry Dube said Langlois has been his lawyer for the ongoing Ottawa Hospital fraud lawsuit the past year and got more than $100,000 in legal fees from him. He retained new lawyers since this situation has surfaced and said that it certainly surprised everyone in Rockland.

Langlois is represented by Matthew Gourlay from the Henein Hutchinson LLP firm in Toronto. He declined to leave comments about the case and said that the investigation is still on-going, saying that they need time to understand the issue.

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Why Even Rich People Commit Fraud

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Have you ever wondered why someone who is already swimming in money still feels the need to defraud someone else? What truly motivates someone to commit white collar fraud?

Isn’t it ironic that the type of financial fraud that incurs the largest losses are typically unnoticed (or are often just discovered by chance) despite efforts in governance and detection?

Understanding the criminal mind has long fascinated psychologists and psychiatrists from around the world. We already know that researchers say that the fraud triangle – 3 factors that are needed to commit fraud has to be present for fraud to occur, but surely there is more to it?

Harvard professor Eugene Soltes has an answer. He says that even rich people commit fraud because they think they can get away with it. It is as simple as that, white-collar criminals will commit fraud for the sheer thrill of it, or so it seems.

Inside the Rich Criminal’s Mind

In his book, Why They Did It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, Soltes explained why people who already have status and wealth still commit financial crimes such as in the case of business executives.

To write the book, the Harvard professor wrote to 4 dozen convicted fraudsters. The people he sought answers from range from Andrew Fastow of Enron Corp, Ponzi scheme manipulator Bernard Madoff, to Dennis Kozlowski of the US$600 million Tyco International fraud.

The criminals responded with all sorts of reasons but the most common 3 are:

I Simply Did It Because I Can

It is all about the ego for some white-collar fraudsters. They are typically respected members of the community, with high social standings and have an educated background but that is not enough for them. They want to feel more ahead of their game, like they are somehow better than others. Typically, they enjoy bending other people to their will and have no problem using their specialized skills and knowledge to get what they want.

Dennis Kozlowski told Soltes that he believed he can do anything, primarily because Tyco’s board will gladly do whatever he says and believe anything he tells them.

It Is Not Really That Bad

Some well-intentioned fraudsters believe that they can somehow repay the money before their deceit would be discovered. Because they don’t really mean to take the money, they rationalize their behavior because they believe that it is for a good purpose.

This is true for Bernie Madoff, who believed that him taking some money can easily be reversed. His reason was that he will repay the money once his other plan worked and no one will know any loss ever occurred.

I Have to Do It

Some fraudsters really do think that they are acting in a legitimate manner. Some of them even believe that their ‘brave’ actions are what is needed for their organization’s survival. They somehow view themselves as martyrs or heroes willing to do the dirty work to save everyone else.

Former Enron chief financial officer Andrew Fastow told Soltes that if he didn’t do what he did, someone else will; that’s why he felt the need to go ahead and do what he thinks needs to be done.

Suspecting white-collar fraud in your organization? Give your Toronto private investigators a call for assistance with uncovering possible fraudulent activity or white-collar crime. Contact us today!

SEC Whistleblower Gets $22 Million Award

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped the agency halt a well-hidden fraud at the company where the whistleblower worked.

The $22 million-plus award is the second-largest total the SEC has awarded a whistleblower.

The largest, $30 million, was awarded in 2014.

“Company employees are in unique positions behind-the-scenes to unravel complex or deeply buried wrongdoing,” said Jane Norberg, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “Without this whistleblower’s courage, information, and assistance, it would have been extremely difficult for law enforcement to discover this securities fraud on its own,”

The SEC’s whistleblower program, which has been rewarding valuable information from tipsters since its inception in 2011, has now surpassed $100 million in total money awarded.

More than $107 million has been awarded to 33 whistleblowers who became eligible for an award by voluntarily providing the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.

Whistleblower awards can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million.

All payments are made out of an investor protection fund established by Congress that is financed through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators.

No money has been taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards.

By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity.

Whistleblower Initiative at OSC Draws Mixed Reaction

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The first ever paid whistleblower program backed by a Canadian securities regulator was launched by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently.

Ontario’s New Office of the Whistleblower       

An up to $5 million offer awaits those who will turn in tips and reports of fraud to Ontario’s new Office of the Whistleblower. Anyone who has information on disclosure violations, market manipulation, and illegal insider trading can contact authorities to report such data. In instances where sanctions are imposed, whistleblowers can be awarded with up to $1.5 million.

All of the above is meant to change people’s perception of whistleblowing. Whistleblowers stand to lose their jobs and possibly get personal threats because of their role in exposing a misconduct.

Mixed Reaction About the New Program

Office of the Whistleblower in Toronto chief Kelly Gorman says that whistleblowers need to know that they will be protected should they choose to come in the open regarding some shady activities. She added that this is not only going to be an absolute game changer for law enforcers, this can also protect Ontario investors more.

Toronto law firm Fasken Martineau senior partner Norm Keith begs to differ. He says that the program may not receive the expected level of success because he does not believe that an “American-style bounty hunter” approach is going to work in Canada.

In the US, the Office of the Whistleblower in their Securities and Exchange Commission rewards tipsters with 10 to 30% of the money collected from viable leads, viable leads described as those that provided information that caused a SEC enforcement action in which sanctions of more than US$1 million has been ordered.

Keith added that in Canada, there is no tradition of holding alleged wrongdoers accountable. He also shared his sentiments about the $5 million ceiling for rewards as too small. He further said that the OSC has a poor track record for prosecuting those involved in securities fraud such as insider trading and because of this, he is thinking that the chances of a tip being used to pursue a hearing to penalize perpetrators are cute low.

As for Gorman, she says that the program will enhance OSC’s ability to achieve better outcomes for Canadian markets as far as identifying and pursuing any securities violations This can also help the OSC protect investors. She further added that previously handled cases had favourable outcomes, with voluntary payments made to the OSC once a case has been identified.

How ‘Rewarding’ Will This Be for Whistleblowers?

A whistleblower can be an awarded only when a tip is deemed eligible for the reward. To qualify as such, information provided must lead to voluntary payments or settlements of more than $1 million. Gorman added that a whistleblower is eligible of 5% to 15% of whatever exceeds $1 million. The percentage of the payout will be determined by a number of factors, including if a whistleblower is involved in the case (or not), in which case the percentage would be on the lower end.

Keith expressed that he finds it disturbing that a co-conspirator can easily be rewarded under the OSC policy. If something goes wrong in a deal, a co-criminal, co-accused, or co-conspirator can simply turn in the other party and still be monetarily rewarded. Keith expressed that this is against the Anglo-Canadian tradition and common law that no one should gain profit from committing a crime.

Gorman responded that depending on how involved a whistleblower is, he or she can also be made to answer to the law. With this said, she added that part of the enhanced protection of the new policy is allowing anonymous tips from whistleblowers.

Want to know more about how having a whistleblower program could benefit your organization? Contact us at Haywood Hunt today for your obligation-free initial consultation. We’ll help you find out more details about how private investigators can help you with your whistleblower program.