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Whistleblower News: SeaWorld, Freight Fraud, Equifax, Basketball Bribery

by HB Whistleblower Legal Team

11/09/2017
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'We look like idiots': SeaWorld execs knew 'Blackfish' was bad for business

Company facing criminal probe, lawsuit over 'Blackfish' comments

Internal emails from SeaWorld executives suggest the company had concerns about the documentary "Blackfish" months before publicly acknowledging the film was hurting theme park attendance, court records show.

SeaWorld officials circulated a confidential spreadsheet titled "Lost Blackfish Revenue" nearly eight months before company executives told investors that the documentary was impacting revenue, the emails show. read more »

Trucking company settles as part of Marine Base freight scheme

The U. S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday that Mercer Transportation Company, Inc. has agreed to pay $4.4 million to the federal government, to settle a false claims lawsuit relating to a freight bribery conspiracy that operated for years out of the Marine Base at Albany.

James L. Reeves, who worked for Mercer Transport for many years, turned whistleblower, and told federal investigators what was going on with a freight scam, that was costing the government millions, fraudulently, as determined by the Albany Federal Court. read more »

Equifax says it owns all its data about you

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee challenged Equifax's chief executive Wednesday about the credit reporting agency's sweeping data collection and its one-sided relationship with millions of Americans whose personal information it harvests for profit.

Equifax revealed in September that attackers may have compromised the sensitive information of as many as 145 million people. But for many Americans — and for Senators at Wednesday's hearing  — it was unclear why Equifax was storing information about them in the first place. read more »

Federal grand jury indicts 4 assistant coaches in college basketball bribery case

Foour assistant basketball coaches are among eight people indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in New York in connection with the FBI's investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball. read more »