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CFTC Whistleblower Awards Continue at Brisk Pace

The whistleblower program of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has recently handed out several awards, continuing a recent trend of awards coming from the commission at a fast pace. The CFTC most recently announced a $2 million award to a pair of whistleblowers whose information through multiple interviews and provided documents allowed a significant Read More

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CFTC Announces Whistleblower Award Worth Approximately $1.5 Million

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced a brand-new whistleblower award worth approximately $1.5 million would be paid out to a whistleblower who filed a claim through the agency’s whistleblower compensation program. Per CFTC policy, no information was provided about the whistleblower’s identity or the case they helped resolve, other than to say the whistleblower’s Read More

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Proposed SEC Rule Could Damage Whistleblower Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower program has been an undeniable success since its launch, leading to millions of dollars’ worth of awards to several dozen whistleblowers in that time. Now, the agency has proposed several amendments to the program that have drawn some controversy, as they could implement limits on the size of Read More

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Do Disclosures to the SEC About Cybersecurity Qualify for Whistleblower Awards?

Since the establishment of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program in 2011, there have been some occasional questions as to the scope and limitations of the federal agency’s ability to grant awards to whistleblowers. For example, do disclosures to the SEC about cybersecurity qualify for whistleblower awards? A recent enforcement action taken against Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. Read More

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Whistleblower Receives $5.5 Million Award for Providing Information to SEC

A recent corporate whistleblower who provided information to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about an ongoing fraudulent scheme targeting investors received a $5.5 million award from the agency. It marked the 38th award the agency has handed out since the program’s establishment in 2012. According to the SEC, the whistleblower was still employed Read More

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Potential Exists for Whistleblower Awards for FCPA Tips

The $57 million that has been paid out in 26 whistleblower awards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) since its whistleblower protection program began has not included any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) tips. However, because the SEC’s program is still relatively new and foreign investigations often take a great deal of time, there Read More

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Whistleblowers Could be the First Responders Against Fraud

To rise from error to truth is rare and beautiful. Victor Hugo   We know who the first responders are. When a student opened fire at a Nevada middle school on Monday morning, October 21, 2013, teacher Michael Landsberry sacrificed his life to protect the children in the school. Teacher Victoria Soto hid her 16 Read More

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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 Read More

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The Bed Bug Whistleblower is Awarded Back Pay

A federal court ordered S.E.M. Villa II Inc., a nonprofit corporation that operates a retirement home in Milford, Ohio, to pay a former manager $20,000 in back pay. The former manager filed a complaint with the Clermont County General Health District alleging that S.E.M. Villa II was mishandling a bedbug infestation at the retirement home. Read More

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Whistleblowers Are Being Locked Out of the IRS

Except for the booming payout of $104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, most of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Whistleblower Program‘s claims have not elicited any rewards. Senate Finance Committee Senior Member Charles Grassley insists there are numerous whistleblowers with good claims, but few are finding success at the IRS. At an Read More

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