Legally speaking, it’s impossible to sing and blow a whistle at the same time, a federal judge in Harrisburg has ruled.

U.S. District Judge James M. Munley has dismissed a qui tam whistleblower suit brought by the former general counsel of a hospital group based in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania after finding that his allegations of fraud weren’t the result of voluntary whistleblowing, but instead were made as part of his own guilty plea agreement.