SEC Pays First Whistleblower Reward

Agency awards $50,000 to individual who helped on an enforcement action involving more than $1 mln in sanctions.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission awarded $50,000 to a whistleblower in its first payout from a program launched last year to reward people who provide regulators with evidence of securities fraud.

The whistleblower helped the SEC bring an enforcement action that resulted in more than $1 million in sanctions, the agency said today in a statement. The award represents 30 percent -- the maximum allowed under the Dodd-Frank Act -- of the approximately $150,000 collected so far.

The agency set up a whistleblower program in August 2011 to reward individuals who provide evidence of securities law violations which results in sanctions of more than $1 million. The program was authorized in the 2010 financial-regulation overhaul, which said awards could range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected.

“Had this whistleblower not helped to uncover the full dimensions of the scheme, it is very likely that many more investors would have been victimized,” SEC Enforcement Director Robert Khuzami said in a statement.

The SEC, which didn’t name the whistleblower or identify the related enforcement action, said it rejected a claim from a second person in the same matter because the information the person provided didn’t lead to or significantly contribute to the enforcement action.

 

For earlier coverage of the whistleblower provisions in Dodd-Frank, see SEC Lets Whistleblowers Bypass Internal Programs and SEC Bounty Hunters.

 

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