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SEC Issues $3.8 Million Whistleblower Award in Fraud Case

In July, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a $3.8 million award to a whistleblower who assisted the commission by providing crucial information during an ongoing investigation into a fraudulent scheme. According to the press release the SEC put out to announce the award, the whistleblower provided the agency with information that “helped Read More

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SEC Sees Significant Increase in COVID-19 Related Tips and Complaints

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) noted it has seen a “spike” in tips, complaints and referrals related to COVID-19, prompting brand new investigations for the commission. The agency is specifically focused on fraud relating to the pandemic. According to the SEC, it has issued more than 30 trading suspensions since early February based 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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SEC Awards $27 Million to Whistleblower

April 2020 was a busy month for the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower and its whistleblower award program. The headline award of the month was a $27 million award to a single whistleblower, which ranks among the larger awards given out by the SEC since the inception of its program. The award also helped the Read More

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SEC Issues Charges to Several Defendants for Unregistered Securities Sales

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Crystal World Holdings, Inc., The New Sports Economy Institute and Christopher Paul Rabalais for misleading its investors in an unregistered offer and sale of Crystal World Holdings securities to domestic and international investors. Case background According to the SEC complaint, Rabalais and his two companies listed as Read More

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Whistleblower Challenges SEC After Lengthy Delays on Award Decision

A whistleblower who produced information leading to a corruption case against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is asking a federal court to intervene in the matter, arguing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking too long to determine whether the individual will receive an award. The anonymous whistleblower filed the petition in late April. Read More

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SEC Accused of Mishandling Whistleblower Claim Regarding Financial Misconduct at Deutsche Bank

The economy has come a long way since the financial crisis of the late 2000s. However, the fallout for the big banks and discussions of how the federal government should regulate them continues. One whistleblower accused a senior Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official during the financial crisis of mishandling a tip he sent in Read More

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SEC Expected to Get Tougher on Cyber Fraud

A report from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last fall warned that publicly held companies with insufficient internal accounting controls are more likely to cause cyber fraud and could be in violation of federal law and subject to future fines from the SEC. This indicates the agency is looking to crack down even further Read More

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The SEC’s Groundbreaking Settlement with Yahoo

On April 24, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement with the Altaba, Inc., formerly known as Yahoo! Inc., worth $35 million. The figure settled charges that the company deliberately misled investors by waiting a full two years to release information about a data breach that resulted in hackers gaining access to personal Read More

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Wall Street, Pay Attention: Whistleblowers Will Reap $45 Million in CFTC Awards in 2018

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act created whistleblower programs under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). For the most part, it’s been the SEC’s program that has garnered headlines in these first eight years. However, experts believe the CFTC program is about to begin making headlines of its own. Read More

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