Honor Whistleblowers on National Whistleblower Day 2018

July 30, 2018 marked the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Continental Congress passing America's first whistleblower law during the height of the American Revolution 1778. National Whistleblower Center celebrates this day with an annual celebration to honor and celebrate the great contributions of whistleblowers. Below is a listing of the whistleblowers in attendance at this year's event who have chosen to be publicly recognized. The information below was submitted by the whistleblowers. If you have questions about the information provided, please contact the whistleblower directly.

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Jane Turner

Turner successful fought her removal, and won a historic victory for all FBI whistleblowers before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [link].  She challenged her retaliation in federal court, and won a unanimous jury verdict in her favor, obtaining the largest compensatory damage award permitted under the law for federal employees.  Jane […]

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Dr. Frederic Whitehurst

Dr. Frederic Whitehurst is a former FBI scientist who “blew the whistle” on misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in extensive reforms being made. He was America’s first successful FBI whistleblower. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. In 1997, Kohn, […]

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Harry Barkо

Mr. Barko brought an action alleging National Defense Fraud – violations of the False Claims Act by Halliburton Company and its subcontractors. Halliburton and the other defendants asked the court to dismiss the action against them. On July 8, 2013, the U.S. District Court District of Columbia ruled that Barko “provided a detailed description of […]

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James Bobreski

In 1999, he raised concerns about faulty chlorine gas alarms and the unlawful storage of over 100 tons of liquid chlorine. Mr. Bobreski observed that alarms to detect the leakage of chlorine gas had been disabled. Leaks of chlorine gas from debilitated tanker cars and rusty pipes were common, alarms were frequently triggered, so plant […]

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Mary Bozoyan

A veteran math teacher, Mary Bozoyan, publically criticized the principal of William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens, NY in a grade-fixing scandal and was swiftly retaliated against. Bozoyan’s allegations against the principal included illegally changing grades, falsifying records, stealing school funds, covering up sexual affairs between staff and students, and hiding a hazing incident. […]

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Joseph Carson

In many years of trying, including three appeals to U.S. Supreme Court, Joseph Carson’s whistleblower disclosures involving US Office of Special Counsel and US Merit Systems Protection Board remain unresolved, with no determination as to whether he had “reasonable belief” in them. Read: The Whistleblower Who Won’t Go Away.

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Julia Davis

Specific intelligence alerts designated 4th of July, 2004 as a “Date to Watch” of paramount importance, when Al Qaeda leaders were purportedly planning to penetrate porous U.S./Mexico land borders. Julia detected and reported improperly processed entries of 23 aliens from terrorist countries into the U.S. on 4th of July. Documents retrieved from Bin Laden’s compound […]

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James DeNofrio

An employee at the Altoona Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, James DeNofrio blew the whistle on threats to patient care. As a result, many VA regulations, policies and practices have been changed to prevent these threats. DeNofrio currently has a whistleblower retaliation case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read: VA Regional […]

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Brian Donlon

Brian Donlon blew the whistle on academic fraud in the Montgomery County Maryland Public School System. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled on July 12, 2018that public school teachers are not covered under the Maryland Whistleblower Act. Sparked by Donlon’s case the Maryland General Assembly passed the Public School Employee Whistleblower Act  in April of 2017, unfortunately the […]

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Caroline Douglas, J.D.

Twenty years ago, former attorney and television host Caroline Douglas blew the whistle on judicial corruption in New Hampshire. She reported top members of the state court to the FBI and other law and government officials alleging judges were altering court and appeal outcomes as insider-favors for high ranking insiders. She suffered retaliation, including 22 professional conduct complaints, […]

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Dr. Matthew Fogg

In 1998, Dr. Matthew Fogg, Chief Inspector U.S. Marshal, retired, won a landmark $4-million jury award, promotion to Chief Deputy US Marshal, and a finding that the US Marshals Service nationwide was operating a racially hostile environment for all African American Deputy US Marshals. Currently, he is the complainant in a class action lawsuit against […]

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Jacqueline Garrick

Jacqueline Garrick blew the whistle on fraud, waste and abuse at the Department of Defense.  Garrick founded Whistleblowers of America, to support whistleblowers who have stepped forward against corruption.

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Karen Geddes

Karen Geddes reported corruption, fraud, and conspiracy and a hostile work environment while working as a court reporter at the Court Reporting and Recording Division at the Superior Court in D.C. She suffered retaliation for making these reports. Because of her efforts, some of the employees participating in the corruption were terminated.

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Darin Jones

FBI Whistleblower Darin A. Jones exposed fraud, waste, and abuse at the FBI.  The National Whistleblower Center submitted two amicus briefs to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General in support of Mr. Jones’s case.  After six years, Mr. Jones is still fighting for justice. Read: Amicus Brief Filed on Behalf of FBI Whistleblower with Larger Reform Implications

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Ronald Kavanagh

Former Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reviewer Ron Kavanagh was fired in 2008 after threatening to blow the whistle on the agency’s 2003 approval of PB, a drug used as a preventative measure against deadly soman nerve gas, and after reporting falsified FDA reviews for antipsychotic drugs. Dr. Kavanagh has been outspoken advocate against administering PB to […]

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Dr. Dale J. Klein, M.D.

Dr. Dale J. Klein, M.D. discovered and reported fraud, waste, abuse and substandard care at the Veteran’s Administration.  VA administration punched back with two years of retaliation and torment to include solitary confinement.  Dr. Klein’s book, “Scandals: Unmasking the Underbelly of the VA”, is aggressively honest, and the explosive details have sent reverberations throughout the national […]

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Robert Kobus

However, this all changed because of his protected disclosure in October 2005. The acts of retaliation by the FBI have caused Mr. Kobus and his family to endure over 9 years of humiliation and stress. Mr. Kobus remains steadfast in his mission to seek reforms within the FBI to ensure no other employees are retaliated […]

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Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig was a reporter for the Harford Courant, a Times Mirror company, for 14 years. In 1987 he published a case study that documented how New England’s second largest newspaper was inflating or suppressing major news stories, including some that had won major journalism awards. He later published ” Spiked: How Chain Management Corrupted America’s […]

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Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin, a chief engineer for Veterans Affairs hospitals in northern Indiana, blew the whistle on possible contracting improprieties at the hospitals. Since that time, the same VA leadership who were the subject of Martin’s OIG disclosure, have conducted numerous investigations and poured hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money into unfounded allegations of […]

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Michael McCray, Esq. CPA (inactive)

Michael McCray blew the whistle on $40 Million of waste, fraud and abuse during the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He subsequently engaged in judicial reform efforts by filing a judicial complaint that contributed to the early of retirement of disgraced Federal District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson (U.S. vs. Microsoft); and he […]

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Kelly Miller

Kelly Miller blew the whistle on corruption in law enforcement and government agencies which resulted in retaliation against her. Miller is an advocate for homeless persons as well as basic human rights and devotes her time advocating for the needs of the homeless community and fighting for homelessness and human rights across the nation. Miller testified […]

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Barbara Newman

Barbara Newman filed complaints with OSHA and the Securities Exchange Commission, in June and July of 2008, against Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Lehman Brothers Inc., their subsidiary, Neuberger Berman and an agent of the employer, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Newman’s complaints alleged she was harassed and fired for blowing the whistle on the pre-bankruptcy conduct […]

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Mechele Parker

Mechele Parker blew the whistle in 2009 while working at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. She has suffered retaliation, harassment and egregious hate crimes that included false accusations about her character, about being a bad employee, about bad conduct, negative performance reviews, being fired and being barred from all PBGC sites.

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Nancy Paul

Nancy Paul, blew the whistle on the lack of access for high-risk kidney patients to outpatient dialysis clinics. Since the death of her mother, who was denied entrance to every dialysis outpatient clinic in Indiana, Paul has become a patient advocate. She has met with several lawmakers about the issue of high-risk patients being denied […]

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Jason Piccolo

Jason Piccolo is a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower. He blew the whistle in 2015 on the review practices for potential sponsors of unaccompanied alien children.  Some children were being placed with sponsors with violent criminal histories. Senator Chuck Grassley sent a letter to DHS regarding Piccolo’s allegations. See Obama Administration Allegedly Releasing Unaccompanied Minors into Criminals’ […]

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Marcel Reid

Marcel Reid’s whistleblowing forced ACORN to stop misusing public funds and return to their core decentralized mission. Afterwards, she went on to join the National Board of Directors of Pacifica Radio and have Pacifica become the first national media organization to vote to support whistleblowers. Reid also became the first Whistleblower Liaison in Major Media. […]

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Daniel Richardson

Daniel Richardson reported his employer Bristol-Myers Squibb for illegal marketing drugs which resulted in increased Medicare and Medicaid costs. Richardson, and other whistleblowers, filed qui tam actions against the drug maker. In September of 2007 the Department of Justice announced a settlement in which Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to pay $515 million to resolve the allegations. […]

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Michael Sandknop

Michael Sandknop was a Defense Contractor Employee who reported fraud, waste and abuse of power while working at the Missouri National Guard. He was fired the same week he blew the whistle. The DOD Office of Inspector General released a repoort on June 6, 2017, in which it concluded that his employer, BPSI,had fired him for making protected […]

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Andrew Scollick

Andrew Scollick blew the whistle on a multi-million dollar scheme to systematically deny service-disabled small business veterans contracts as a result of two contracting firms working in conjunction with two of the largest surety bonding companies, Hanover Insurance Company and Hudson Insurance Company, to obtain Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) set-aside contracts from Veteran Administration […]

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Neil Shelton

Neil Shelton blew the whistle on abuse of power and judicial corruption in the North Carolina court system. His lawsuit is pending. Read: Courts Separate American Families While Media Ignore Their Stories

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Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith filed complaints against the U.S. Air Force Investigator General’s office alleging destruction of evidence, false statements, improper mental health referrals, and numerous adverse actions against him resulting in his non-promotion. Smith appealed to the Air Force Medical Board who found that he had received a false diagnosis and was returned to active duty. He […]

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Linda Tripp

White House whistleblower Linda Tripp successfully challenged the Department of Defense when it illegally released confidential information from her security clearance file. The illegally released file was an act of retaliation for her role in presidential impeachment proceedings. The DOD Office of Inspector General found the leak of information to be illegal. In defense of […]

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David P. Weber

His allegations were featured in a Rolling Stone Magazine article “SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit.” A September 2012 report by the U.S. Postal Service’s Inspector General found that Weber’s allegations had merit. In June 2013, the SEC agreed to settle the lawsuit paying Weber 0,000. The SEC also retracted its retaliatory allegations against him to clean […]

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Walter Wenger

Walter Wenger blew the whistle on abuse and neglect at state-regulated facilities for the disabled in New York. After Mr. Wenger’s disable son was found to have maggots crawling around his breathing tube in a state-owned group home, he enlisted the assistance of state lawmakers to request the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Dr. Aaron Westrick

Dr. Westrick is the subject of a one hour documentary featuring highlights of his case and the scandal behind the sale of faulty Zylon vest. The CBS show “Whistleblower” featuring Dr. Westrick aired Friday, August 17, 2018 and is  online at: https://www.cbs.com/shows/whistleblower/ Whistleblower attorneys Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto represented Dr. Westrick in a False Claims qui tam complaint filed […]

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Sheila White

In 1999 Sheila White challenged her employer, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (BNSF), a giant in the railway transportation industry, by filing charges of discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation in the workplace against BNSF in the Western Tennessee. District Court (White v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway). The U. S. Supreme Court issued its […]

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Stephen Zanowic

Stephen Zanowic blew the whistle on racial discrimination within the U.S. Marshals Service’s Manhattan office. In a Federal lawsuit, Mr. Zanowic asserted that officials in the Manhattan office retaliated against him for whistleblowing by blocking him from promotions and assigning him to the least desirable marshal’s job: guarding prisoners in a courthouse cellblock. He endured […]

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