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Tag Archives: SEC whistleblower program

Successes Highlighted in SEC Whistleblower Program’s Annual Report

The SEC Office of the Whistleblower recently released its annual report for 2017. The big headline coming from the report is that whistleblower tips have helped the SEC recover nearly $1 billion in monetary sanctions from wrongdoers at agencies and businesses across the nation, including more than $671 million in the disgorgement of illegally received […]

Recent Whistleblower Case Shows Potential for Reduction in Monetary Awards

On February 28, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) awarded a whistleblower 20 percent of the sanctions paid in association with an enforcement action brought forth as a result of unique information provided by that whistleblower. In this case, the SEC clarified that the whistleblower’s own culpability in some of the securities violations at […]

SEC Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $4 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new whistleblower award in April. This time, the payout was worth nearly $4 million for a whistleblower who provided a valuable tip to the agency, and then assisted with the follow-up investigation. According to the SEC, the whistleblower provided the agency with “detailed and specific information […]

What You Should Know About the SEC’s Whistleblower Program

For the past five years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has run a program that offers monetary awards to any individuals who can provide useful information regarding a company’s wrongdoing. If these tips lead to SEC enforcement actions, the whistleblower could earn up to 30 percent of the total sanctions the agency levies […]

Was Richard Bowen’s Whistle Stuffed?

Five years have passed since Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy. Richard M. Bowen III, a former Citigroup executive who blew the whistle on their bad business practices, provided 1000 pages of documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and 28 pages of testimony to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC). Nevertheless, Bowen’s voice has not been […]

SEC Whistleblower Program Gets Blowing

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced August 20, 2013 that it awarded more than $25,000 in total to three whistleblowers. The SEC reports that this payment was the first installment in a series that is projected to total $125,000 for each whistleblower.  Enforcement action  The awards are from the SEC’s enforcement action against CEO […]

The Securities and Exchange Commission Whistleblower Program Breaks Out with a $14 Million Award

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a $14 million award to a whistleblower whose tip led to an enforcement action. The whistleblower, who remains anonymous, gave original information to the SEC that enabled the agency to complete its investigation and enforce the matter in less than six months from receiving the tip. This is […]

SEC’s Whistleblower Program Is Waiting to Blow a Big Payout

Stephen Cohen, associate director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower, spent the early part of the summer blowing his commission’s whistle and promising big awards on the horizon. However, in its first three years, the SEC has made only two awards. In the first, the whistleblower received $50,000, 30 […]

Whistleblowing at the Right Time for the SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower rejected a claim for an award earlier in the summer because it was not “original” under the SEC’s whistleblower law. The claimant originally filed a report of accounting fraud in 2006. The SEC pursued the claim and a consent judgment for penalties, disgorgement and interest […]

Blowing the Whistle and Nobody Hears

When a person assumes the role of a whistleblower to stop the illegal and fraudulent activity of a corporation or governmental agency, it is understood that there may be harsh retaliatory acts taken by the violating organization. One reaction that the whistleblower does not expect is the deafening silence that many hear when they report […]

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