Lawyer Who Stole Whistle-Blower Suits Gets 30 Months in Prison

A former U.S. Justice Department lawyer who allegedly stole 40 whistle-blower cases as he moved to a high-powered Washington law firm was sentenced to 30 months in prison for offering to sell some of the sealed lawsuits to companies named in them.
Jeffrey Wertkin, who was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, was sentenced Wednesday in San Francisco federal court. The judge rejected his request for a 13-month sentence.Wertkin’s undoing came in January 2017, when he donned a wig to pick up a $310,000 payoff from a Silicon Valley company targeted in a whistle-blower case. Instead, he was nabbed by FBI agents who’d set up a sting to lure him to a California hotel.