SEC Awards Approximately $36 Million to Whistleblower
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington D.C., Sept. 24, 2021 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of approximately $36 million to a whistleblower whose information and assistance significantly contributed to the success of an SEC enforcement action as well as actions by another federal agency.
The whistleblower provided crucial information on an illegal scheme to the SEC's and the other agency's staffs, which included multiple meetings and the identification of key documents and witnesses. Under the SEC's whistleblower program, individuals who provide critical information to other agencies may be eligible for a related action award if they are also eligible for an award in the underlying SEC action.
"Today’s whistleblower brought valuable new information to the attention of the SEC and to another federal agency, greatly assisting ongoing investigations," said Emily Pasquinelli, Acting Chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower. "Whistleblowers can act as a springboard for an investigation or, like here, they can propel forward an already existing investigation."
The SEC has awarded approximately $1.1 billion to 214 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012. 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. No money has been taken or withheld from harmed investors to pay whistleblower awards. Whistleblowers may be eligible for an award when they voluntarily provide the SEC with original, timely, and credible information that leads to a successful enforcement action. Whistleblower awards can range from 10-30% of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million.
As set forth in the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose any information that could reveal a whistleblower's identity.
For more information about the whistleblower program and how to report a tip, visit www.sec.gov/whistleblower.