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March 10, 2022

The CFTC has awarded two whistleblowers awards totaling approximately $500,000 after they separately provided significant information and substantial assistance that helped lead to a successful enforcement action.  According to the agency, the whistleblowers’ tip helped expand the scope of an existing investigation and led to other key evidence.  CFTC

November 22, 2021

Two whistleblowers received awards totaling approximately $1 million, with the CFTC finding that the first claimant voluntarily provided specific, credible, and timely information that led the CFTC to open an investigation, and the second claimant voluntarily provided information that significantly contributed to the success of the covered action.  In support of a larger award for the first claimant, the CFTC cited their submission of documents and sharing of knowledge during the earliest stages of the CFTC’s investigation, which focused investigative efforts and conserved government time and resources.  CFTC

October 21, 2021

The CFTC has issued a final award of nearly $200 million to a whistleblower whose information significantly contributed to government investigations resulting in successful enforcement actions by the CFTC, another U.S. federal regulator, and a foreign regulator.  In making the award, the CFTC noted that the information provided by the whistleblower was specific and credible, leading to important, direct evidence of wrongdoing, as well as voluntarily provided and timely, even though the CFTC already had an open investigation at the time of the whistleblower’s report.  The CFTC had first issued a preliminary order denying the individual’s application; the whistleblower requested reconsideration and provided information about how his information was utilized, including in the parallel investigations.  CFTC

September 27, 2021

Citibank, N.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Limited, which are provisionally registered swap dealers, will pay a $1 million civil penalty to resolve allegations that they failed to properly report Legal Entity Identifier information to a swap data repository as required by applicable regulations.  In addition, Citi was found to have supervisory failures and to be out of compliance with a prior 2017 order on related matters.  CFTC

September 11, 2020

Two whistleblowers who made specific, credible, and timely reports to the CFTC of an ongoing fraud have been awarded an undisclosed sum.  The first whistleblower, based in the U.S., made the first report and provided information and documents that would have otherwise been difficult to obtain.  The second whistleblower, based abroad, provided additional information, including the wrongdoers’ attempts to avoid detection.  According to the CFTC, the whistleblowers’ joint efforts helped lead to a successful enforcement action.  CFTC

September 4, 2020

An anonymous individual received a whistleblower reward in an unspecified amount, after providing information that caused the CFTC to open an investigation into ongoing fraudulent activity affecting individual investors.  The whistleblower provided assistance and documentation, enabling the Commission to act quickly to stop fraud that would have been difficult to detect without the whistleblower's information. CFTC
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