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Whistle-blowers could share fraudsters' assets.


Whistle-blowers could be rewarded with a share of any assets seized from fraudsters, the Home Office proposed on Thursday.

The measure is part of a package of plans put forward by the Asset Recovery Agency in an effort to boost the amount it confiscates from criminals.

Set up in 2003, the agency collected 23 million pounds in its first few years -- but at a cost of 65 million pounds.

Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker suggested members of the public who "shop" people or companies defrauding the government, such as benefits cheats or VAT-dodgers, should be offered a percentage of assets seized.

Other measures include removing the time limit for the seizure of assets, new powers to reclaim luxury items such as jewellery and plasma TVs, and extending powers to include the seizure of cash and other assets such as cars or boats believed either to have been used in crime or be the proceeds of crime.

The agency also plans to ensure that the recovery of assets is mainstreamed into the criminal sentencing process.

Coaker said: "Asset recovery is critical to the fight against all levels of crime and is one of the government's top priorities for law enforcement."

The agency been given a target of recovering 250 million pounds by 2009/2010 -- double this year's figure.

Coaker said the long-term aim was one billion pounds.

Estimates suggest that organised criminals are probably generating about two billion pounds of recoverable assets in the UK every year, with possibly another three billion pounds of revenue sent overseas.

Rewarding whistle-blowers would follow a similar system to that adopted in the United States, the so-called Qui Tam approach, where informants can receive between 15 and 25 percent of proceeds in a successful case.

The Home Office said such powerful and flexible measures had been "strikingly successful" in America, particularly in the defence and healthcare sectors, with 11 billion dollars (5.5 billion pounds) raised annually.

"They would be a novel import into England and Wales," it added, in its consultation paper "The Asset Recovery Action Plan".

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Whistle is blown on 285 staff...
 

 

A TOTAL of 285 Glasgow council workers have been reported on a whistleblowing hotline - with dozens facing action.

More than 100 allegations of benefit fraud and misusing city council grants have been investigated over the past year, along with complaints involving disabled parking spaces and council tax.

A 41-year-old worker at Drumry House care home, Drumchapel, who stole £2800 from an infirm 85-year-old resident, was jailed after he was reported on the hotline.

A second worker at the home was sacked when it was discovered the person was accessing confidential information and viewing lewd internet websites on the home's computer.

Council staff across the city were also reported over a range of claims, including theft and embezzlement, corruption, quality of service, and misuse of equipment, including computers.

A report shows that 14 were disciplined and 13 reported to the police, while 60 faced action from the council.

It also reveals 111 claimants were investigated for benefit fraud, while three people were reported for abusing disabled parking privileges.

Of those, 14 benefit cheats were referred to the Department for Work and Pensions for investigation.

The hotline was set up in 2001 as part of get-tough measures to assist whistleblowers looking to report suspect behaviour.

Glasgow was the first local authority in Scotland to establish a confidential phone line in an attempt to crack down on misuse of council resources. Callers do not need to give their names.

Councillor John Mason, convener of the audit and ethics committee, hailed the whistleblowing policy as a success.

He said: "The whistleblowing policy is there so we come to know of these things going on in Glasgow. We hope the policy will be expanded, but so far so good.

"It is public money that is being abused and wasted, so the more people call the hotline the better it is for Glasgow."


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Grassin barstewards!!  i'd rather see tax goin to those who do that than on the other crap they waste it on personally, most people who do it have no choice as it costs them more to go legit,therefore are worseoff and most o the grassers are doin it themselves!! just my own opinion right or wrong.

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Too f*****G true Ma  its a topic worthy of promoting 'Curtain Twitchers'


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17 June 2007
KERELAW COVER-UP
 
BOSS FORCED OUT FOR EXPOSING ABUSE
 

A FORMER boss at a scandal-hit secure school yesterday claimed he was forced out for blowing the whistle on abuse of pupils.

Stephen Malone, 36, who was head of addiction services, complained to senior management after a 12-year-old girl was thrown down stairs.

He was immediately sent on leave - and never asked to return.

Mr Malone spoke out after a report last week exposed abuse by 40 staff at Kerelaw School in Stevenston, Ayrshire, over a 30-year period.

He claims he described to deputy head Chris Johnson how the girl was thrown "like a rag doll" by teacher John Muldoon, who is now in jail.

Johnson, in turn, reported the incident to head Jim Hunter.

The next day, Mr Malone, of Troon, gave evidence at a hearing. He was told to go on holiday.

Last night he said: "I was contacted by a 12-year-old girl who had seen Muldoon throwing this other 12-year-old down concrete steps in the school.

"It was called 'rag dolling'. A child would be picked up and thrown down - just like a rag doll.

"The girl was covered in bruises and the girl who witnessed the attack was deeply traumatised.

"I was horrified and had no hesitation in telling my superiors.

"Jim Hunter told me, 'I don't know what to do with you.' The message was clear - I had rocked the boat and was to disappear. I was never told when to return.

"I was made to feel I should have kept my mouth shut.

"The abuse seemed to have been going on for a while but no one wanted to do anything about it, for fear of threatening their jobs and pensions.

"There is no doubt in my mind there was a cover-up.

"After a week on holiday, I became so stressed out, I went to the doctor and he signed me off.

"After two months on sick leave, I was called to a meeting and decided just to resign.

"But I'm glad I reported this attack, even though I lost my job."

Mr Malone joined Kerelaw in March 2003 as the senior project worker for the youth addiction service and left a year later.

He helped the 75 children with their drink and drug problems.

The Sunday Mail first exposed abuse at Kerelaw in June 2004, when we revealed three teachers had been suspended.

In February last year, Muldoon, 53, was jailed at the High Court in Edinburgh for two and-a-half years over acts of indecency with girls.

Art teacher Matthew George, 56, was given 10 years for sexual and physical abuse.

Glasgow Council, who ran Kerelaw, spent three years investigating abuse at the school, which shut last year. Their report last week said children had been sexually and physically abused.

Many staff also knew of the abuse but kept quiet. Fourteen were sacked or disciplined.

Two axed were head Hunter and his deputy Johnson, although neither is accused of abuse.


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DRUG addicts have been getting benefits while in jail thanks to a loophole in the system.

Cons on methadone programmes do not have to sign on and instead submit yearly or six monthly sick lines.

But a whistleblower at Barlinnie in Glasgow claimed a scam is under way which is allowing hundreds of inmates to make money while they are behind bars.

The source said: "Given all payments are sent to bank and Post Office accounts, when they are remanded or sentenced, these guys receive their full benefits. You can imagine how much this costs."

It is estimated 10 per cent of Scotland's prisoners have been jailed for drug offences and many are on methadone.

Prisoners cost the taxpayer £35,000 a year and are not eligible for benefits. But the whistleblower claimed an average addict gets £160 incapacity benefit every fortnight. The potential cost to the taxpayer is £3million.

As many addicts serve short terms, they can be out before their next sick line is due.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: "We are determined to crack down on anyone who defrauds the benefit system. The fact prisoners are able to do so is a matter of grave concern.

"To counter this problem, DWP and Scottish Prison Service exchange information about admissions. Work is under way to further strengthen the system."


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Nursing boss in firing line after leading bid to kick out pervert staff...

A WHISTLEBLOWER claims she is being hounded from her job after exposing how paedophile nurses escaped punishment.

Nursing boss Moi Ali revealed that staff caught with child porn were given a caution and allowed to keep working with youngsters.

Her tip-off led to two senior colleagues on the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) quitting.

But now she claims she is under pressure to follow them by resigning as vice-president.

Moi, 44, said: "I've been fighting for years for changes in the NMC to give the public more protection. If I resign, I'll have failed the public I've been appointed to protect.

"As a mother, I was horrified nurses caught with child porn were escaping with only a caution which allowed them to continue to work with patients and even children.

"I realised we needed specialist training to make the disciplinary judgments to ensure the public were properly protected.

"It took more than four years for the NMC to bring that in."

Last year Moi and seven NMC members alerted the Government that the body was failing to strike off paedophile staff. Ministers ordered a probe by healthcare watchdogs.

A Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence report exposed serious management failures and bullying in the NMC, which regulates 70,000 British nurses.

Chief executive Sarah Thewlis and president Nancy Kirkland. resigned after the damning report.

Kirkland, a Scots nurse, said other members should also "accept responsibility".

But Moi, of West Calder, West Lothian, is refusing to quit.

Moi'sMP Jim Devine has raised the issue with Health Minister Ben Bradshaw. He said: "Moi acted with public interest at heart. I will not watch her be made a scapegoat.

"We need more people like her on regulatory bodies, not less. While some did nothing about the failures within the NMC, she and a handful of others did everything they could."


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1990: Secrets act gags whistleblowers
Whistleblowers and journalists risk prosecution from today if they disclose information the British government considers to be damaging to defence or the country's interests abroad.

The new Official Secrets Act replaces section two of the 1911 act, under which it was a criminal offence to disclose information without lawful authority.

The new act makes it an offence for any member, or former member, of the security services to disclose official information about their work. It is also an offence for a journalist to repeat any such disclosures.

The areas covered by the act include releasing information on defence, international relations, security service activities, foreign confidences and information that might lead to a crime being committed.

Blanket ban

The maximum penalties for breaking the new law are two years' imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.

The blanket ban on giving away official secrets will also apply to some civil servants.

There will be no public interest defence, so an official would not be able to argue in court that they broke the law in the national interest.

The tightening of the law governing official secrets follows the Clive Ponting case in 1985.

The civil servant was charged, but acquitted, of breaking the 1911 secrets act after leaking two documents about the sinking of the Argentine ship, the General Belgrano, during the Falklands war.

Ministers had misled the public into thinking the ship was threatening British lives, when in fact it was sailing away from the battle zone when it was attacked.

Although the judge advised jurors to prosecute, they ignored his advice and Mr Ponting was let off.

Other high-profile cases followed including the whistleblower Cathy Massiter, who escaped prosecution despite revealing in 1985 that MI5 were illegally tapping the phones of public figures, human rights campaigners and pressure groups.

In 1987 the government mounted a huge legal battle to prevent the publication of former MI5 officer Peter Wright's memoirs. But Spycatcher was published in the US and Australia and copies found their way into Britain

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So that's what Assange has been doing inside the embassy! WikiLeaks releases 1.7m US diplomatic and intelligence reports covering every country in the world

  • Wikileaks releases database of U.S. diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976
  • Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Adviser
  • Julian Assange worked on project inside Ecuadorian Embassy in London
  • Australian Wikileaks founder, 41, sought refuge at the embassy last June

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks today published more than 1.7million U.S. records covering diplomatic or intelligence reports on every country in the world.

The data released today includes more than 1.7million U.S. diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976 - covering a traffic of cables, intelligence reports and congressional correspondence.

WikiLeaks described the Public Library of US Diplomacy (PlusD) as the world's largest searchable collection of U.S. confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications.

 

Collection: The data released today includes more than 1.7million US diplomatic records from 1973 to 1976




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A traitor? To me Bradley will always be my innocent 'Superman': Devastated British mother of convicted Wikileaks soldier talks for the first time

A handcuffed Bradley is led away from court last month

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A police whistleblower has revealed he was prevented by the Leveson inquiry from revealing how senior police officers leaked information to the media to discredit each other.

Police whistleblower 'gagged by Leveson'


Lord Leveson
 

Peter Tickner, a former anti-fraud investigator, said he wanted to give evidence regarding campaigns within Scotland Yard at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards but was prevented from doing so.

He claims that days before he was due to speak he was told by the inquiry that he would not be able to. Lord Leveson reportedly made his ruling following objections from the Metropolitan Police.

In a draft statement to the Leveson inquiry, he told how he knew of three instances in which senior officers had leaked information to newspapers in a bid to destroy rivals within the police.

The leaks are thought to relate to a bungled raid by counter-terrorism police in Forest Gate, East London, in which a suspect was mistakenly shot; the expenses of former head of counter-terrorism Andy Haman; and former Commissioner Sir Ian Blair's connections to a friend who won £3 million police contract.

However, Scotland Yard lawyers told Lord Leveson it would be "unfair" to senior officers if Mr Ticker was allowed to speak and said his evidence was aimed at "settling old scores".


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THE POLICE'S WHISTLE BLOWER
Detective Inspector Joe Anderson.



Investigated: Former ethics chief Adrian Lee, now Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police

Investigated: Former ethics chief Adrian Lee, now Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police


 

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Edward Snowden: Glasgow students 'naive' over rector election

An image grab taken from a video released by Wikileaks on 12 October  2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden speaking during a dinner with US ex-intelligence workers and activists in Moscow on 9 October 2013


Edward Snowden now lives in Russia after fleeing the United States



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