The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a whistleblower award of roughly $36 million to a whistleblower that provided information to the SEC on an illegal scheme. The information led to successful regulatory enforcement actions by the SEC and another federal agency.
In total, $161 million has been awarded to whistleblowers this month. On September 17, 2021, the SEC announced an award of $11.5 million to two whistleblowers. On September 15, 2021, the SEC announced two awards totaling $114 million. That award marked a milestone for the SEC’s 10-year-old whistleblower program, as it put the total amount of awards issued to over $1 billion.
In total, the SEC has awarded over $1.1 billion to 214 individuals since the whistleblower program became effective in August 2011. The awards are paid out of an investor protection fund established by Congress financed entirely through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators. Money is not taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards.
Congress established the whistleblower program to incentivize whistleblowers with specific, timely, and credible information about federal securities law violations to report to the SEC. A whistleblower may receive an award if they voluntarily provide the SEC with qualifying information, leading to successful enforcement. The award can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected due to the enforcement action.
Whistleblowers play an important role in fighting corruption, protecting retail investors, and maintaining a free and healthy market. Iorio Altamirano LLP, an investor advocate law firm, is committed to the effective representation of whistleblowers.
Individuals who have information regarding fraud or other violations of federal securities laws should contact whistleblower law firm Iorio Altamirano LLP for a free consultation to review your legal rights on how to file a whistleblower tip to the SEC and preserve eligibility to receive a whistleblower award.