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SEC Announces Second-Largest Whistleblower Award for Company Insider Who Helped Uncover Fraud

On August 30, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced the award of more than $22 million to a company insider whistleblower.

According to the SEC order, the SEC determined the whistleblower’s tip and extensive assistance helped the agency stop a well-hidden fraud at the whistleblower’s employing company.

The $22 million-plus award is the second-largest total the SEC has awarded a whistleblower.  The largest award was $30 million, and it was awarded in 2014.

The Dodd-Frank Act established the SEC whistleblower program in 2011, and it entices “whistleblowers” to come forth and help the SEC identify possible fraud and other violations much earlier than might have been possible, consequently reducing harm to investors, preserving the integrity of U.S. capital markets, and swiftly holding perpetrators of unlawful conduct accountable, according to the SEC Office of the Whistleblower website.

Additionally, the Act offers confidentiality, protection from retaliation, and rewards fraud tipsters for reporting wrongdoing that leads to an SEC enforcement action in which over $1 million in sanctions is ordered.  The award can range anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of the sanctions, according to the website.

To date, more than $107 million has been awarded to 33 whistleblowers who became eligible for an award by voluntarily providing the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.

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Scott L. Silver, managing partner of the Silver Law Group, was an early proponent of the legislation and authored a primer on the SEC Whistleblower Program.  Our legal team includes former defense attorneys and government prosecutors now working to protect whistleblowers.

Scott L. Silver and David R. Chase are committed to the protection of whistleblowers through the whistleblower claim process and can prosecute your whistleblower claims.  If you have questions about your legal rights as a whistleblower, please contact Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group for a free consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or toll free at (800) 975-4345.

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