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  • SEC awards whistleblowers $3.5 million

    Securities

    On May 6, the SEC announced awards totaling nearly $3.5 million to four whistleblowers whose information and assistance led to successful SEC enforcement actions. According to the redacted order, three joint whistleblowers provided SEC staff with information that led to the opening of a new investigation, which resulted in a successful enforcement action. These joint whistleblowers’ information also caused another agency to open an investigation and led to a separate successful action. Another whistleblower provided insights based on an independent analysis of information that focused the staff’s attention on allegations that were not previously known to staff that advanced the investigation. The SEC has awarded approximately $1.3 billion to 273 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012.

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  • SEC awards $6 million to whistleblowers

    Securities

    On April 25, the SEC announced awards totaling nearly $6 million to two groups of whistleblowers whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action. According to the redacted order, the first group of whistleblowers provided the SEC with key documents that led the staff to seek additional documents from the respondent, and the second group provided firsthand accounts of the misconduct at issue. Both groups, which consisted of five individuals, provided ongoing assistance throughout the investigation.

    The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 268 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012.

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  • CFTC awards $625,000 to whistleblowers

    Securities

    On March 28, the CFTC announced approximately $625,000 in awards to four whistleblowers whose information led the agency to a successful Commodity Exchange Act enforcement action. The associated order noted that the claimants “provided the Commission with original information,” and “each provided ongoing cooperation and assistance to Division staff, which significantly contributed to the success of the Covered Action.” One claimant received a higher award percentage to recognize that he or she provided the highest level of ongoing assistance and cooperation.

    The CFTC has awarded approximately $330 million to whistleblowers since the enactment of its Whistleblower Program under Dodd-Frank, with whistleblower information helping prosecute enforcement actions leading to more than $3 billion in monetary sanctions.

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  • SEC awards $1.25 million to whistleblower

    Securities

    On March 25, the SEC announced that it awarded a whistleblower $1.25 million for providing specific and credible information that prompted SEC staff to begin an investigation that resulted in a successful SEC covered action. According to the redacted order, the whistleblower voluntarily provided original information and participated extensively in assisting SEC staff through identifying witnesses, explaining critical documents, and helping focus the investigation on key issues, which saved SEC time and resources.

    The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 256 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012.

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  • SEC issues $3 million in whistleblower awards

    Securities

    On March 18, the SEC announced whistleblower awards totaling over $3 million to three individuals for providing information and assistance in three separate covered actions. According to the first redacted order, the SEC awarded approximately $1.5 million to a whistleblower for providing information which led to the successful prosecution of an enforcement action. Additionally, the whistleblower assisted the staff throughout the investigation. According to the second redacted order, the SEC awarded over $1 million to an individual who provided information that prompted Commission staff to open an investigation that led to the successful prosecution of an enforcement action. The whistleblower continued to provide assistance by participating in interviews and giving additional documents. In the third redacted order, the SEC awarded over $400,000 to a whistleblower whose comprehensive tip led to an investigation and who provided substantial ongoing cooperation. The whistleblower also raised concerns internally, causing the conduct to cease.

    The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 254 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012.

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  • CFTC awards $10 million to whistleblower

    Securities

    On March 18, the CFTC announced an approximately $10 million award to a whistleblower whose information led the agency to a successful Commodity Exchange Act enforcement action. According to the CFTC, the claimant voluntarily provided original, “useful information at the earliest stages of the investigation and later provided supplemental information.” The associated order also noted that because of the claimant’s allegations, CFTC staff were able to draft the earliest round of subpoenas.

    The CFTC has awarded approximately $330 million to whistleblowers since the enactment of its Whistleblower Program under Dodd-Frank, with whistleblower information helping the CFTC prosecute enforcement actions leading to more than $3 billion in monetary sanctions. 

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  • SEC awards $14 million to whistleblower

    Securities

    On March 11, the SEC announced that it awarded a whistleblower nearly $14 million for exposing ongoing fraud by publishing on online report. According to the redacted order, the whistleblower voluntarily provided original information and prompted the opening of an investigation, which resulted in a successful enforcement action against the company and its CEO and the return of millions of dollars to harmed investors.

    The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 249 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012.

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  • CFTC awards $500,000 to whistleblowers

    Securities

    On March 10, the CFTC announced awards totaling approximately $500,000 to two whistleblowers who “separately provided significant information and substantial assistance” that led to a successful Commodity Exchange Act enforcement action. The associated order noted that the claimants voluntarily provided original information, which began an underlying investigation and “significantly contributed to the success” of the enforcement action.

    The CFTC has awarded approximately $300 million to whistleblowers since the enactment of its Whistleblower Program under Dodd-Frank, and whistleblower information has led to nearly $3 billion in monetary relief.

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  • SEC awards $3.5 million to whistleblower

    Securities

    On March 8, the SEC announced that it awarded a whistleblower over $3.5 million for providing “critical” information that led to two successful SEC enforcement actions. According to the redacted order, the whistleblower provided information that prompted SEC staff to further investigate certain potential securities violations, which saved time and resources and helped advance settlement discussions. The SEC has awarded approximately $1.2 billion to 248 individuals since issuing its first whistleblower award in 2012.

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  • SEC amends whistleblower program rules

    Securities

    On February 10, the SEC announced two amendments to the rules regarding its whistleblower program. According to the SEC, the first proposed amendment concerns award claims for related actions that would be otherwise covered by an alternative whistleblower program. The amendment would allow the Commission to pay whistleblower awards for certain actions brought by other entities, including designated federal agencies, in cases where those awards might otherwise be paid under the other entity's whistleblower program. The second amendment would affirm the Commission's authority under Rule 21F-6 to consider the dollar amount of a potential award for the limited purpose of increasing the award amount, and would eliminate the Commission’s authority to consider the dollar amount of a potential award for the purpose of decreasing an award. Comments are due 60 days after publication of the proposing release on the SEC’s website or 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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