Duke Accused Of Kickbacks, Firing Whistleblower

Law360, New York (December 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A former employee of Duke Energy Corp. has filed a lawsuit saying he was fired after he questioned kickbacks the utility gave to large customers for supporting a rate increase.

John Deeds alleges in the lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio that he was abruptly terminated after questioning whether “sham transactions” allowed Duke Energy Corp., formerly Cinergy Corp., to push a significant rate increase through the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

The suit says the kickback provided to...
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