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Top Ten SEC and CFTC Recoveries of 2022

Posted  02/1/23
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In 2022, the SEC and CFTC redoubled their efforts to preserve market integrity and shut down financial frauds.  Both in size and composition, the agencies’ major recoveries look quite different from a year prior.  2021 was all about crypto, with four of the top ten recoveries relating to crypto offerings or exchanges.  With the recent collapse of the crypto market—exposing some of the biggest frauds since the...

Top Ten Whistleblower Awards of 2022

Posted  02/1/23
2022 was a big year for whistleblowers, who once again recouped billions of government dollars and in turn received hundreds of millions in whistleblower rewards.  This year’s top rewards came from various government whistleblower programs, including the qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act, various state False Claims Act programs, and the Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Program. Below is a...

Top Ten FCPA Recoveries of 2022

Posted  01/13/23
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In recent years, the United States government has recovered billions of dollars going after companies that bribe foreign officials in order to further their business interests, a practice that violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Two principal United States government agencies, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, investigate and prosecute FCPA violations. Whistleblowers...

January 13, 2023

The SEC has awarded more than $5 million to a whistleblower who first reported internally, and whose subsequent tip to the agency helped shape its investigation.  Based on the whistleblower’s information, agency staff were able to identify witnesses and effectively draft document and information requests.  SEC

December 19, 2022

A company outsider who submitted multiple anonymous tips to the SEC and the target company, which initiated an internal investigation based on the information, received a whistleblower award of $37 million.  The company reported the whistleblower’s information to the Commission, which then opened its own investigation.  Claimant submitted an additional tip to the Commission within 120 days that included the email that Claimant had sent to the company.  Claimant’s award was based on amounts recovered by the Commission and amounts recovered in a related action.  SEC

December 12, 2022

The SEC approved a whistleblower award of $20 million to an anonymous individual who voluntarily provided original information to the Commission that significantly contributed to an investigation that had been previously opened based on a referral from the Division of Examinations.  While noting that much of the information provided by the whistleblower was already known to Enforcement staff, the individual provided some helpful new information, met with Enforcement Division staff multiple times, and remained cooperative throughout the investigation.  SEC

SEC Whistleblower Program 2022 Annual Report Shows Continued Strength of Program

Posted  11/28/22
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Last week the SEC Whistleblower Office released its 2022 Annual Report, with office chief Creola Kelly saying that the SEC Whistleblower Program is “effectively incentivizing whistleblowers to make the often difficult decision to come forward with information about potential securities-law violations.” The data confirms that whistleblowers are making a big difference in protecting the markets and investing...

November 28, 2022

An anonymous whistleblower received a $20 million award from the SEC, with the SEC finding that the whistleblower provided significant information and continuing helpful assistance in the Commission’s investigation.  The award order notes that the individual did not have information relating to one part of the enforcement action, and delayed reporting for two years after being involved for a short period in the conduct underlying part of the enforcement action, at the direction of their supervisor.  Four other claimants were denied any award related to the covered action.  SEC
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