JPMorgan Chase Pays nearly $1 Billion in Fines for Market Manipulation of Precious Metals and U.S. Treasuries
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay over $955 million to settle civil and criminal charges over a scheme involving fake trades in precious metals and U.S. treasuries designed to manipulate the market in an effort to enhance the bank’s profits and cut losses. The multi-agency enforcement action was brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and...
The CFTC continues its hot streak, aggressively pursuing fraudsters and rewarding whistleblowers who come forward with valuable information. One particular enforcement trend stands out: a number of high-profile settlements related to illegal binary options trading platforms.
Binary options are the OTB of the stock market—a method of gambling whether particular stocks will go up or down without actually...
Catch of the Week: Interactive Brokers Pays $38 Million for Failures in Money-Laundering and Supervision
Brokerage firm Interactive Brokers LLC will pay $38 million in penalties to settle charges from multiple U.S. market regulators regarding its anti-money laundering practices, including alleged failures to file suspicious activity reports (SARs). The discount broker has paid an $11.5 million penalty to settle charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the deficiencies in its internal controls that...
CFTC Whistleblower Hot Streak Continues with $9 Million Award
This week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a new whistleblower award of approximately $9 million, one of the five largest awards ever paid by the agency. It is the latest in a wave of awards—four over the last three months, all over $1 million—demonstrating the CFTC’s strong commitment to its whistleblowers.
These awards make good on CFTC Enforcement Director James McDonald’s...
What Potential Whistleblowers Need to Know About the Dodd-Frank Act
This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? Passed following the 2008 financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Act aims to prevent fraud and abuse in the financial markets.
For whistleblowers, the Dodd-Frank Act is especially significant, as it also created the SEC Whistleblower Program and CFTC Whistleblower Program.
2019 was another strong year for whistleblowers, who once again collectively recovered billions of dollars for the government and hundreds of millions of dollars in whistleblower rewards through their filing of lawsuits under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers this past year also continued to secure financial rewards under the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower and CFTC Whistleblower programs,...
CFTC Whistleblower Program Annual Report Shows Program Open for Business, yet Challenges Persist
Fifteen million dollars is how much the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Whistleblower Program paid whistleblowers in FY 2019 according to the agency’s annual report to Congress. This amount includes:
$7 million to one individual whistleblower;
Over $2 million to a non-insider whistleblower who provided independent analysis of market data; and,
You know about fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption by an individual or a company. Someone is getting by with cheating -- taking money from the government, taxpayers, or investors, or even harming others, such as patients. You are deeply troubled about it and want the proper authorities to stop it. You are worried whether you will be heard, taken seriously, and protected. You wonder if your information fits within a...