NPR's Morning Edition Discusses Developments in Gallup Whistleblower Lawsuit

Gallup whistleblower Michael Lindley, a Katz, Marshall & Banks client, was the subject of a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition yesterday, as the program followed up on this month’s developments in Lindley’s qui tam and retaliation lawsuit against the Gallup Organization.   Lindley and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) allege that Gallup defrauded the government by inflating cost estimates of contracts the company submitted to the Mint and the State Department, resulting in unwarranted prices and profits for Gallup.  Lindley and the DOJ had also accused Gallup of illegally offering a position with Gallup to a government official in exchange for the official helping the company to secure a government contract.

The official, Timothy Cannon, who is the former director of the human capital division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”), pleaded guilty recently to a criminal conflict-of-interest charge which echoed Lindley’s allegations – i.e., that Cannon had helped Gallup secure a contract with FEMA in exchange for a promise of a position with Gallup (for more on the Cannon development, read our corporate whistleblower blog post).

NPR also reported yesterday Gallup has been temporarily suspended from winning any new federal contracts.  The segment featured excerpts from a November 2012 NPR interview with Katz, Marshall & Banks partner David J. Marshall for All Things Considered, in which Mr. Marshall noted, “This is a company that has branded itself and has caused the American people to believe that it is the most trusted name in polling.  But as this lawsuit shows ... the company was involved in fraud against the U.S. government, against the taxpayers."