On August 2, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced whistleblower awards of more than $4 million to four whistleblowers who provided information and assistance to the SEC in two separate enforcement proceedings.
In the first enforcement proceeding, a whistleblower was awarded more than $2 million for providing the regulator with information that launched an investigation. The informant also provided the SEC with ongoing assistance by participating in interviews and identifying key individuals and entities. Another whistleblower was issued an award of $150,000 for providing the SEC with information that resulted in an expansion of the investigation.
In the second enforcement action, the SEC awarded more than $1.6 million to two whistleblowers. The first individual provided the SEC with information that alerted the SEC to the violations and was awarded $1.1 million. The second whistleblower was awarded $500,000 for providing significant and timely information.