What does a fraudulent CEO do when he discovers a whistleblower in his company? In the case of NS8’s founder and CEO Adam Rogas, he impeded the employee’s access to company systems, raided his personal electronic accounts, prevented the employee from contacting the SEC and fired them once discovering that they were reporting the fraud. Continue reading
In a recent press release, the SEC announced that it had awarded a $20 million bounty to a whistleblower who provided credible and useful information, which helped the Enforcement Division complete an enforcement action much quicker. Through offering additional information and continuing to assist staff, the SEC’s enforcement action was ultimately successful. Continue reading
In their latest announcement, the SEC has awarded $10 million to a whistleblower who provided considerable assistance that led to a successful enforcement action.
The whistleblower met with SEC staff twice and brought them significant information. The charges in the enforcement action were closely aligned with the whistleblower’s allegations, which were essential to the SEC’s investigation. Continue reading
On September 26, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested three men for running a $100 million fraud based out of Hometown International, the corporate owner of a small New Jersey deli.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it was a classic “pump and dump” scheme. While the deli had less than $40,000 in annual revenue, the defendants claimed Hometown had a market capitalization of $100 million. Continue reading
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the creation of two new offices—an Office of Crypto Assets (OCA) and an Office of Industrial Applications and Services (OIAS)—within its Division of Corporation Finance’s Disclosure Review Program (DRP). While the offices haven’t yet opened, it’s already worth understanding their significance and expected roles. Continue reading
Earlier this year, rumors circulated that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc. In July of 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began a probe into whether Coinbase improperly allowed Americans to trade digital assets that should have been registered as securities. Continue reading
Twitter has been in the news quite a bit this year, and, in this case, not all publicity is good publicity. In August of 2022, the Washington Post and CNN gained access to a whistleblower report alleging mismanagement, spying, and security concerns at Twitter. The report came from Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, the company’s former head of security and noted hacker and cybersecurity expert. Zatko filed the whistleblower report with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Continue reading
In August, CNN published an expose detailing accusations from a whistleblower that social media giant Twitter misled its board and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulators about security vulnerabilities on its platform. The news has been explosive. The whistleblower is Peiter Zatko, Twitter’s former head of security and a noted cybersecurity expert. But Twitter fired Zatko in early 2022. Continue reading
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has recently ratcheted up enforcement of insider trading cases, announcing investigations against ten people in four different cases in July. The headline-grabbing case involves a former Coinbase manager, his brother, and a friend alleging a scheme to trade the cryptocurrency ahead of announcements that crypto assets would be available for trading. Continue reading