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SEC issues two separate whistleblower awards totaling over $800,000

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On June 23, the SEC announced a $125,000 award to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the press release, the whistleblower’s “information and assistance helped both the SEC and another agency bring successful actions against the perpetrator of a fraudulent securities offering.” The formal order notes that the whistleblower’s information helped the SEC and another agency discover “a fraudulent scheme that preyed on a vulnerable investor community” and that the whistleblower provided assistance to the SEC and the other agency throughout the investigation.

Additionally, on June 19, the SEC announced a nearly $700,000 award to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the press release, the whistleblower’s “significant information helped the agency bring a successful enforcement action that resulted in the return of money to harmed investors.” The formal order notes that the whistleblower reported the concerns internally “in an effort to remedy the conduct,” and provided ongoing assistance to the agency throughout the investigation.

These press releases also noted that as of June 23, the SEC has awarded 85 individuals a total of approximately $501 million in whistleblower awards since its first award in 2012.

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