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Whistleblower Forger against Champion Industries Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison—10/26/11

Former sales executive with Champion Industries, William Burch, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for giving bogus evidence to federal prosecutors in a whistleblower investigation against Champion Industries. Burch forged a letter from competitor Honeywell to support the whistleblower suit he filed in 2008, which implied that Honeywell had notified Champion of a planned price increase in oil filters, before the information became public. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Crawley stated that the grand-jury investigation that resulted from the forged evidence provided by Burch cost the government more than $83,000 and “perverted the criminal investigative process.”

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