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House votes 91-1 to reward future whistleblowers

By a 91-to-1 margin, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted Monday for House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s effort to root out fraud across state government. House Bill 401 has two main goals: rooting out fraud and reducing the state’s deficit by potentially millions of dollars by giving whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused. Under the Speaker’s bill, those found guilty would be liable for up to three times the amount they had fraudulently billed the state; whistleblowers will be eligible to receive anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of the money recovered as a reward for their service. Other civil penalties and attorney fees would be an additional cost for those found guilty.

Filed under: Kentucky | Economy


 
 

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