The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded a whistleblower more than $700,000 to a company outsider who conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.
“The voluntary submission of high-quality analysis by industry experts can be every bit as valuable as first-hand knowledge of wrongdoing by company insiders,” said Andrew Ceresney, Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “We will continue to leverage all forms of information and analysis we receive from whistleblowers to help better detect and prosecute federal securities law violations.”
Sean X. McKessy, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower, added, “This award demonstrates the Commission’s commitment to awarding those who voluntarily provide independent analysis as well as independent knowledge of securities law violations to the agency. We welcome analytical information from those with in-depth market knowledge and experience that may provide the springboard for an investigation.”
The SEC’s whistleblower program has paid more than $55 million to 23 whistleblowers since the program’s inception in 2011. Whistleblowers who voluntarily provide the SEC with unique and useful information that leads to a successful enforcement action may be eligible for an award. Whistleblower awards can range from 10 percent to 30 percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million. All payments are made out of an investor protection fund established by Congress that is financed entirely through monetary sanctions paid to the SEC by securities law violators. The law also includes provisions to protect the anonymity of the whistleblower if represented by counsel, and provisions to safeguard whistleblowers from retaliation.
For more information about the SEC Whistleblower Program and the Firm’s resources in this area, please visit the Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Whistleblower page.