The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced the latest award in its whistleblower program that issues payments to those who help the commission identify possible fraud and other violations.
In a news release, the SEC said it had awarded over $10 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance significantly contributed to a successful SEC enforcement action.
The commission said the individual provided important documents and met twice with its enforcement staff, adding that the whistleblower’s allegations were critical to the investigation and eventual charges.
“The whistleblower awarded today provided information that resulted in the return of a significant amount of money to harmed investors,” said Creola Kelly, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “This illustrates how the Whistleblower Program works to benefit, via financial remediation, investors who are victimized by those who violate our securities laws.”
Created by Congress under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the whistleblower program is financed entirely through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators. Individuals who voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible information that leads to a successful enforcement action may be eligible for a whistleblower award. The confidentiality of all whistleblowers is protected by the SEC, and no information is disclosed that could reveal their identity.
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