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In Defense of Whistleblowers: Poppy Alexander Appears on Law & Disorder Podcast

Posted  07/13/21
Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorney Poppy Alexander was interviewed as a featured guest on the Law & Disorder podcast.  In an interview with Heidi Boghosian, Poppy discussed the False Claims Act, including its rewards and protections for whistleblowers.  The FCA allows private persons, known as relators, to bring what are called qui tam lawsuits on the government’s behalf, and claim a share of any recovery...

SEC Cracks Down Again on Companies Chilling Whistleblowers from Reporting Wrongdoing

Posted  07/2/21
By Carolina Gonzalez
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A company’s restrictive compliance manual and training materials ran afoul of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s Rule 21F-17(a), prohibiting actions restricting, impeding, or discouraging whistleblowers from directly reporting wrongdoing to the Commission.  In its settlement against New York broker-dealer Guggenheim Securities, LLC (Guggenheim), the SEC not only censured Guggenheim but also hit it...

June 24, 2021

A whistleblower whose information and ongoing assistance led to multiple SEC enforcement actions has been awarded more than $1 million.  According to the agency, the whistleblower played a critical role in the enforcement actions by prompting the investigation and saving the agency significant time and resources.  SEC

June 21, 2021

The SEC has issued awards totaling nearly $5.3 million to whistleblowers whose information caused the SEC to launch investigations that ultimately resulted in successful enforcement actions.  In the first award, a whistleblower received nearly $4 million for extraordinary assistance, including providing documents, identifying witnesses, and participating in hours of interviews.  In the second award, three whistleblowers received about $1.3 million for providing ongoing assistance that conserved agency time and resources.  SEC

Flood of SEC Whistleblower Awards Continues

Posted  06/17/21
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It has been less than two months since SEC Whistleblower Chief Jane Norberg left the agency for private practice.  As we previously wrote, her five years running the agency's Whistleblower Program were groundbreaking in the number and amount of awards the SEC made and in the agency's efforts to champion the critical role whistleblowers play within the SEC enforcement regime. As we also wrote at the time, the SEC...

June 14, 2021

The SEC has awarded approximately $3 million to two whistleblowers whose separate tips led to a successful enforcement action.  According to the press release, the first whistleblower’s early tip helped agency staff develop its case and focus its resources, while the second whistleblower helped uncover misappropriated funds and fraudulent transfers.  SEC

Whistleblowers Without Borders: International Whistleblowers are Increasingly Important Contributors of Tips to the SEC Whistleblower Reward Program

Posted  06/11/21
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On March 4, 2021, the SEC announced an award of over $5 million to joint foreign whistleblowers whose tip, providing significant information about misconduct abroad, caused the opening of an investigation that resulted in a successful SEC enforcement action. According to Jane Norberg, former Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, “The whistleblowers’ information alerted the staff to misconduct...

Catch of the Week: Second Conspirator Pleads Guilty in Jay Peak EB-5 Fraud Case

Posted  06/4/21
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William Kelly pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with EB-5 securities fraud in the development of the Jay Peak Biomedical Research Park, also called the AnC Vermont project. Kelly, who served as the chief operating officer for the project, was a long-time advisor to project owner Ariel Quiros, who previously pleaded guilty to related charges. Co-defendant William Stenger, the project’s CEO, pleaded...

June 2, 2021

The SEC awarded $23 million to two individuals who voluntarily provided information as whistleblowers that led to recoveries by the SEC and another federal agency in related enforcement actions. Information provided by the first whistleblower, who received approximately $13 million, initiated the investigations.  The second whistleblower, who waited several years before coming forward, provided additional information that substantially contributed, and was awarded approximately $10 million.  Both provided ongoing assistance to the Commission and the other agency, providing documents, participating in interviews, and identifying key individuals and systems involved in the investigations.  SEC

May 27, 2021

An anonymous individual received and SEC whistleblower award of $4.2 million.  According to the SEC, the individual voluntarily provided detailed, original information that caused the Commission to open an investigation that led to a successful enforcement action.  During the investigation, the individual met with investigative staff on multiple occasions, identified key players, and provided additional helpful information and documents.  A second claimant was denied an award; Commission staff stated that they had not communicated with or used any information provided by that claimant.  SEC
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