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SEC awards more than $1.7M to whistleblower

Jaclyn Jaeger | July 31, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission last week announced a whistleblower award of more than $1.7 million to a company insider who it said provided the agency with critical information to help stop a fraud that would have otherwise been difficult to detect.

Approximately $158 million has now been awarded to 46 whistleblowers who voluntarily provided the SEC with original and useful information that led to a successful enforcement action.

By law, the SEC protects the confidentiality of whistleblowers and does not disclose information that might directly or indirectly reveal a whistleblower's identity.  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 percent to 30 percent of the money collected when the monetary sanctions exceed $1 million.