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Special Fraud Alert – Speaker Programs

This is a message from UF’s Conflicts of Interest Program to inform our health colleges’ faculty of a Special Fraud Alert from the HHS Office of Inspector General regarding speaker programs.  Highlights are summarized below, and please see attached for the full alert.  This alert demonstrates the government’s heightened…

EU investigates decision to hire BlackRock to advise on green rules for banks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission’s decision to hire BlackRock BLK.N, the world’s largest asset manager, to advise it on new environmental rules for banks, has triggered an investigation by the European Ombudsman following complaints by several lawmakers and a civil group. The Change Finance coalition teamed up with 91…

Rapada, top staffer to Fresno Co. Supervisor, charged over conflict in UMC sale

Steve Rapada, the chief of staff to Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero, surrendered to law enforcement on Friday following a lengthy probe into conflicts of interest as a procurement official for the County of Fresno. Rapada was charged with a single felony count of Conflict of Interest, the Fresno County…

Financial audit reveals conflicts of interest for former UK cheerleading coach

The University of Kentucky’s financial audit of its cheerleading program found conflicts of interest “that may have resulted in the personal enrichment” of former head coach Jomo Thompson and assistant coaches. The report from UK’s Office of Internal Audit, dated Sept. 24, 2020, was commissioned as part of the school’s…

Canadians can now see conflicts of interest declared by COVID-19 vaccine task force

Conflict of interest disclosures made by members of the government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force are now available for the Canadian public as the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. The move follows reporting by Global News into the fact that although the government acknowledged it was deliberately seeking out…