SEC issues multiple whistleblower awards
On April 20, the SEC announced a $5 million award to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the SEC’s press release, the whistleblower “provided critical evidence of wrongdoing, which helped save time and resources in the SEC’s investigation.” The formal order also states that the whistleblower “promptly reported the information” and “suffered a unique hardship” by being terminated shortly after raising concerns internally.
Earlier on April 16, the SEC announced an award of more than $27 million to a whistleblower in an enforcement action. According to the SEC’s press release, the whistleblower provided “critical investigative leads,” tied in part to misconduct occurring overseas, that “advanced the investigation and saved significant Commission resources.” The formal order also stated that the whistleblower, among other things, provided substantial assistance and cooperation, relayed information that “helped the Commission further significant law enforcement interests,” and “repeatedly and strenuously” raised concerns about internal misconduct within the whistleblower’s organization. The award is the sixth largest overall award since the program began.
According to the SEC, as of April 20 it has awarded 80 individuals a total of approximately $430 million in whistleblower awards since its first award in 2012.