SEC Issues its First Whistleblower Award in a Case Related to a Settlement with Another Agency

The SEC recently announced a $9.2 million award to a whistleblower, an award that was significant not just for its sizable dollar figure, but also the manner in which it was awarded.

This marked the very first award in which the SEC gave an award to a whistleblower who provided information that led to a successful settlement by another agency (the Department of Justice, in this instance).

Whistleblower program rules led to this settlement

In December 2020, the SEC changed some of its whistleblower program rules to allow awards for whistleblowers whose information aided other agencies. The SEC chief said the latest award “reflects the Commission’s determination that a whistleblower’s eligibility for an award should not depend on the procedural vehicle a federal agency selects to resolve an enforcement matter.”

The whistleblower in the case was first awarded for providing information to the SEC that resulted in a successful enforcement action. The whistleblower gave that same information to the DOJ, also leading to successful enforcement action.

As of this award, the SEC had awarded more than $750 million to 136 total whistleblowers since its very first issued award in 2012. Fiscal year 2021 is off to a hot start, making it the biggest year for whistleblower awards in the history of the agency. Since October 1, the agency has issued more than $188 million in awards, and there’s still half the fiscal year to go.

As always, the confidentiality of the whistleblower is protected. The agency does not disclose any information about the enforcement action or the case to ensure the whistleblower’s identity will not be compromised.

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