Ex-Justice Dept. lawyer offered to sell secret U.S. whistleblower lawsuits to targets of the complaints

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Ex-Justice Dept. lawyer offered to sell secret U.S. whistleblower lawsuits to targets of the complaints

Ex-Justice Dept. lawyer offered to sell secret U.S. whistleblower lawsuits to targets of the complaints

Washington Post-

Jeffrey Wertkin had a plot to bring in business and impress his new partners after joining one of Washington’s most influential law firms.

As a former high-stakes corporate-fraud prosecutor with the Department of Justice, he had secretly stockpiled sealed lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. Now, he would sell copies of the suits to the very targets of the pending government investigations — and his services to defend them.

Wertkin carried out his plan for months, right up until the day an FBI agent arrested him in a California hotel lobby.

The 41-year-old partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld …

[WASHINGTON POST]

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