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April 16, 2020

The SEC has announced that its largest whistleblower award so far this year and sixth largest overall since the inception of its whistleblower program has been awarded to an individual who alerted the agency to fraud that was partly committed overseas.  The whistleblower, who will receive $27 million, reportedly contributed significantly to the agency’s enforcement efforts by providing critical investigative leads.  SEC

April 6, 2020

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. has agreed to pay $3.2 million to settle charges of willfully providing the SEC with incomplete and inaccurate securities trading information, also known as “blue sheet data,” for approximately 35 million transactions, over the course of five years.  Because the SEC uses that information to investigate insider trading and other fraudulent activity, Cantor Fitzgerald’s actions prevented the SEC from carrying out its duty to protect investors.  Cantor Fitzgerald has since retained an outside consultant and adopted new policies and procedures relating to the proper submission of blue sheet data.  SEC

April 3, 2020

The SEC has announced that an anonymous whistleblower who provided information to the agency, despite implied threats from the wrongdoer, has been awarded $2 million.  According to the SEC, the information provided would have been difficult for the agency to obtain otherwise and significantly aided in an ongoing investigation.  SEC

March 30, 2020

A whistleblower working in compliance and internal audits has been awarded $450,000 by the SEC.  After efforts to report misconduct internally failed to make a positive impact, the whistleblower reported the same misconduct to the SEC, which helped focus an ongoing investigation and ultimately led to a successful enforcement action.  SEC

March 24, 2020

Two whistleblowers have received awards totaling over $570,000 for their roles in recent enforcement actions by the SEC.  According to the press release, the first whistleblower received approximately $478,000 and the second whistleblower received approximately $94,000.  In keeping with agency practices, the whistleblowers’ identities have not been revealed.  SEC

March 23, 2020

The SEC has announced that it has awarded a whistleblower over $1.6 million for informing the agency of a possible securities violation and providing critical assistance during the investigation.  Because of the whistleblower’s actions, the SEC was able to successfully enforce securities laws while preserving time and resources.  SEC

Catch of the Week: SEC Hits Actor Steven Seagal for Improper ICO Promotion

Posted  03/6/20
bitcoin currency
This week’s Catch of the Week goes to the SEC for securing over $300,000 recovery from actor Steven Seagal in connection with his alleged failure to disclose payments he received for promoting an initial coin offering (ICO) conducted by Bitcoiin2Gen (B2G).   The settlement is part of the SEC’s broader effort to combat the role of celebrities in promoting novel—and sometimes fraudulent—cryptocurrency...

February 27, 2020

Wells Fargo Clearing Services and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network will pay a $35 million penalty to resolve charges that certain of Wells Fargo's investment advisors and registered representatives made unsuitable recommendations to retail clients regarding single-inverse ETF products.  The SEC charged that Wells Fargo lacked policies and procedures that would have detected such unsuitable recommendations, and failed to adequately supervise and train its financial professionals, who did not fully understand the products they were recommending.  Wells Fargo did not admit or deny the SEC's findings; the penalty will be distributed to harmed individuals.  SEC

February 21, 2020

Wells Fargo & Co. will pay a total of $3 billion in a federal settlement resolving criminal, civil, and administrative liability with respect to its “cross-selling” sales practices between 2002 and 2016 that led to the opening of millions of checking, savings, credit card, and other accounts on behalf of individual customers under false pretenses or without the customers’ consent.  As part of the settlement, Wells Fargo admitted that it collected millions of dollars in fees and interest to which the Company was not entitled, harmed customer credit ratings, and unlawfully misused customers’ personal information.  Wells Fargo entered into a three-year deferred prosecution agreement requiring the bank to take certain compliance steps and cooperate with ongoing investigations.  Of the $3 billion settlement, $500 million resolves SEC claims that the bank, knowing about the underlying violations, mislead investors about the success of its business; the SEC settlement will be distributed to harmed investors.  The federal settlement is in addition to a $575 million 2018 settlement Wells Fargo entered into with 50 states and the District of Columbia and a $100 million 2016 fine from the CFPB arising from the same conduct.  DOJ; SEC; WD NC; CD Cal

February 19, 2020

Diageo plc will pay $5 million to resolve SEC charges that the alcohol producer's North American subsidiary, Diageo North America, engaged in channel-stuffing by pressuring distributors to buy products in excess of demand in order to meet internal sales targets in the face of declining market conditions. Diageo failed to disclose the trends that resulted from shipping products in excess of demand, the positive impact the overshipping had on sales and profits, and the negative impact that the unnecessary increase in inventory would have on future growth. SEC
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