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SEC Whistleblower Receives More Than $4 Million For Reporting Fraud

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  • Posted on: Sep 21 2016

On September 20, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that it awarded more than $4 million to a whistleblower who provided original information about a fraud that resulted in the recovery of monetary sanctions. Since 2011, the SEC has awarded more than $111 million to 34 whistleblowers pursuant to the agency’s whistleblower program.

The SEC did not identify the whistleblower. By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower’s identity.

Commenting on the award, Jane Norberg, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, stated: “Our program continues to incentivize whistleblowers to come forward with solid information that helps us bring violators to justice before more wrongdoing can occur.”

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a whistleblower who provides original information to the SEC that leads to a successful enforcement action resulting in over $1 million in monetary sanctions may be awarded an amount not less than 10% and not more than 30% of the monetary sanctions collected. All payments made to whistleblowers are paid out of an investor protection fund established by Congress that is financed through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators.

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