Ex-pros­e­cu­tor gets $2M in whistle­blower case

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

A jury has awarded $2 mil­lion to a former San Fran­cisco pros­e­cu­tor who claimed she was fired for in­ves­ti­gat­ing city cor­rup­tion.

The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle says jurors found Fri­day that the city vi­o­lated Cal­i­for­nia’s Whistle­blower Pro­tec­tion Act and False Claims Act when it fired Joanne Hoeper three years ago.

A spokesman for the city at­tor­ney’s of­fice calls the ver­dict dis­ap­point­ing.

Hoeper’s law­suit claimed she was fired for look­ing into re­ports that staffers in the city at­tor­ney’s of­fice re­ceived kick­backs in ex­change for di­rect­ing $10 mil­lion in pub­lic funds to plumb­ing com­pa­nies for un­nec­es­sary sewer re­pairs.

Her 2012 re­port found no pat­tern of cor­rup­tion but she ar­gued the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was stopped be­fore it could be com­pleted.

How­ever, the city at­tor­ney halted the sewer pay­ment pro­gram.

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