The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced an award of more than $5.5 million to a whistleblower who provided pertinent information that helped the SEC uncover an ongoing scheme on January 6, 2017.
According to the SEC’s order, the whistleblower was employed at the company involved in the wrongdoing. The whistleblower proceeded to report the information directly to the SEC, which brought a successful enforcement action to end the scheme.
Enforcement actions from whistleblower tips have resulted in more than $904 million in financial remedies according to the SEC’s whistleblower main page. The SEC whistleblower has awarded approximately $142 million to 38 whistleblowers since issuing its first award in 2012.
The Dodd-Frank Act established the whistleblower program in 2012, 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.
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.
Silver Law Group is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at (800) 975-4345.