The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced an award of approximately $1.5 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance led to a successful SEC enforcement action.
In connection with the announcement, Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of Whistleblower, said that the “whistleblower alerted the SEC to previously unknown conduct and thereafter provided multiple submissions, identified potential witnesses, and met with staff on several occasions.”
Congress established the whistleblower program to incentivize whistleblowers with specific, timely, and credible information about federal securities laws violations to report to the SEC. A whistleblower may receive an award if they voluntarily provide the SEC with qualifying information that leads to a successful enforcement action. The award can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected as a result of the enforcement action.