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Vereit Settles SEC Fraud Case to Tune of $8 Million

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged Vereit, Inc. (previously known as American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.) with intentionally overstating important performance metrics, a form of fraud. As a result, Vereit agreed to settle the charges by paying an $8 million penalty, which will be shared among defrauded investors. Case background According Read More

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Whistleblower Claims Wall Street Has Been Routinely Manipulating Mortgage Funds

A whistleblower claims there is evidence to believe Wall Street is once again engaged in some of the very practices that led to the financial crash of 2008. A whistleblower complaint submitted last year to the Securities and exchange Commission accuses some of the largest banks in the world (including Deutsche Bank and Wells Fargo) Read More

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Latest SEC Whistleblower Award: $3.8 Million

The most recent SEC whistleblower award was a $3.8 million bounty to a whistleblower who offered information to the agency that resulted in a successful enforcement action. As always, the information provided by the SEC about the whistleblower award was vague so as to protect the identity of the whistleblower. The SEC said the whistleblower Read More

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PwC to Pay $625 Million in Damages After Audit

U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein ordered PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. more than $625 million for negligence in an audit of Colonial BancGroup, Inc., a bank holding company in Alabama that went under during the most recent economic downturn. The FDIC requested the damages, leading to the case overseen by Read More

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Is it Possible to Receive an SEC Whistleblower Award When Reporting Financial Fraud?

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program allows eligible whistleblowers to obtain monetary awards when providing the agency with original information about securities violations, which may include financial fraud. If the SEC uses the information you provide to bring a successful enforcement action against the offender, you could receive anywhere from 10 to 30 Read More

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Big Payout Rings Bank of America Fraud Trial

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. – Thomas Jefferson Edward O’Donnell, a former executive at Countrywide Financial, Inc., may collect up to $1.6 million under an almost forgotten 1980s law. O’Donnell filed a whistleblower suit against the Bank of America last year under the False Claims Act, which empowers whistleblowers to bring Read More

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