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Catch of the Week — SEC Hands Two Whistleblowers $54 Million

Posted  09/7/18
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The SEC announced late this week that it had issued two whistleblower rewards totaling $54 million. Of the total reward, one tipster received $39 million-the second-largest reward the SEC has ever granted-while a second received $15 million, the eighth-largest award yet granted. The SEC commended both whistleblowers for providing “critical information and continued assistance” that “helped the agency bring an important enforcement action.” Just what that enforcement action was, as...

July 12, 2018

The CFTC announced an award of approximately $30 million to a whistleblower who voluntarily provided key original information that led to a successful enforcement action. The award is the largest award made by the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program to date and is the fifth award made by the program. Previously, the highest award amount paid to a CFTC whistleblower was in March 2016 of more than $10 million (see CFTC Press Release 7351-16, CFTC Announces Whistleblower Award of More Than $10 Million). CFTC

July 27, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced a whistleblower award of more than $1.7 million to a company insider who provided the agency with critical information to help stop a fraud that would have otherwise been difficult to detect.  Millions of dollars were returned to harmed investors as a result of the SEC’s ensuing investigation and enforcement action.  ''When whistleblowers tip the SEC, it not only can bring wrongdoers to justice but also relief to investors,'' said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.  ''This whistleblower's valuable information enabled us to stop further investor harm and ultimately return money to victims.''  Approximately $158 million has now been awarded to 46 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action. SEC

July 27, 2017

The SEC made a whistleblower award of more than $1.7 million to an undisclosed company insider who provided the agency with critical information to help stop a fraud that would have otherwise been difficult to detect.  The SEC reports that roughly $158 million has now been awarded to 46 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.  SEC

JPMorgan Whistleblowers Set to Reap Record $61 Million Bounty

Posted  07/21/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Two whistleblowers are apparently set to share a record $61 million award from the SEC for helping make the case that JPMorgan Chase & Co. failed to disclose to wealthy clients that it was steering them into investments that would be most profitable for the bank. The SEC issued letters notifying six whistleblower applicants of the preliminary decision. The letters said that two of...

How Two Wall Street Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

Posted  04/27/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team In 2012, an anonymous analyst noticed Texas-based medical device manufacturer Orthofix was outperforming expectations. The analyst suspected that something was off, as the company’s earnings reports showed its wholesale customers were taking longer than usual to pay Orthofix. The company’s executives blamed the delay on logistical problems at foreign offices. The analyst spent months tracking the company’s quarterly reports, earnings calls, and other information...

Protecting Whistleblower Anonymity

Posted  09/14/16
Introduction of Director of SEC Enforcement Andrew Ceresney; Panelist 2016 Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, False Claims Act Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

$2 Million SEC Whistleblower Award To Be Split Among Three Whistleblowers — But The First To The Commission Gets The Most

Posted  03/10/16
The SEC has announced that its most recent whistleblower award, of almost $2 million, will be split among three whistleblowers — but not evenly.  The first whistleblower, identified only as “Claimant 1,” will receive about $1.8 million.  The other two whistleblowers will share about $130,000. The SEC whistleblower program was inspired by, and roughly based on, The False Claims Act (FCA), oft-described as “the federal government’s most powerful anti-fraud tool.” ...
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