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Top Ten Whistleblower Recoveries for 2023

Posted  01/22/24
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2023 was another big year for whistleblowers, helping the government recover billions of dollars in dozens of fraud enforcement actions.  As usual, virtually all these whistleblower-prompted recoveries were under the government's three primary whistleblower rewards programs -- the False Claims Act, the SEC Whistleblower Program, and the CFTC Whistleblower Program.  Successful whistleblowers under each of these...

Top FCPA Recoveries of 2023

Posted  01/19/24
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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) bars payments to foreign officials for any kind of business advantage, such as securing government contracts or other kinds of favorable business treatment.  The statute covers any form of consideration including gifts, meals, travel, and entertainment.  It also imposes strict record-keeping and internal control requirements to prevent falsifying company books and records...

Top Ten SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Awards for 2023

Posted  01/16/24
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It was a relatively quiet year for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in their payout of whistleblower awards under their respective whistleblower programs.  Under the SEC Program and CFTC Program -- both enacted under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- whistleblowers who provide information that leads to a successful government...

December 22, 2023

Seven whistleblowers will receive over $28 million combined for providing information that significantly contributed to an SEC investigation. The group, comprised of a single claimant and two sets of joint claimants, provided significant and detailed information at crucial points in the investigation, saving the SEC staff considerable time and resources. SEC

Better Markets Heralds SEC Whistleblower Program as a Model To Follow

Posted  12/14/23
Better Markets -- a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting the public interest in financial reform and the economy -- just released (on December 7) a report on the SEC Whistleblower Program, touting it as a $6 billion success story.  In announcing its findings, Better Markets did not spare its high praise for the whistleblower program, highlighting "just how critical [it] has been as a law enforcement tool, allowing the SEC...

September 29, 2023

Registered investment adviser D. E. Shaw & Co. L.P. has agreed to pay $10 million to settle charges of violating the whistleblower protection rule of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  According to the SEC, between 2011 and 2019, the company required new employees to sign agreements prohibiting them from disclosing information to anyone outside the company without company authorization, a court order, or as required by law.  Between 2011 and 2023, the company also required about 400 departing employees to sign releases stating they had not filed complaints with any federal agency before they were able to receive benefits.  SEC

September 29, 2023

Interactive Brokers Corp., an introducing broker, and Interactive Brokers LLC, a futures commission merchant, has been ordered to pay $20 million to the CFTC and $35 million to the SEC to resolve charges of failing to maintain and preserve records.  The records included communications through unapproved channels, such as text and WhatsApp, which employees at all levels used and which the company failed to maintain and preserve.  The SEC also resolved charges against other firms for similar misconduct, including Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. ($15 million); William Blair & Company LLC and William Blair Investment Management LLC ($10 million); Nuveen Securities LLC ($8.5 million); Fifth Third Securities Inc. ($8 million); and Perella Weinberg Partners LP, Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Securities LLC, and Perella Weinberg Partners Capital Management LP ($2.5 million).  CFTC; SEC

September 19, 2023

Commercial real estate firm CBRE, Inc., a subsidiary of CBRE Group, Inc., has agreed to pay $375,000 to settle charges of violating the SEC’s whistleblower protection rule between 2011 and 2022.  In order to receive separation pay, CBRE allegedly required over 800 of its departing employees to sign releases stating they had not filed complaints with any federal agency.  As part of its settlement with the SEC, CBRE has informed former employees who signed the release of their right to communicate with the government, as well as taken revised all of its releases to be in compliance with the whistleblower protection rule.  SEC

SEC Awards $18 Million Whistleblower Award

Posted  08/25/23
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today (August 25) a whistleblower award of $18 million "to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action."  Due to the agency's commitment to keeping the identity of its whistleblowers strictly confidential, it did not disclose who the whistleblower is, or the enforcement action to which the reward is tied. All we...
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