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SEC Issues $900,000 Award to Whistleblower Who Reported Fraud Occurring Overseas

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a whistleblower award of $900,000 issued to an individual who was key in an investigation into securities frauds occurring overseas.

According to the SEC award order, the whistleblower alerted the Commission to misconduct that would have been difficult to identify otherwise.

Since issuing its first award in 2012, the SEC Whistleblower Program has now issued over $721 million to 114 individuals. Established under the Dodd Frank Act, the Program protects the identity of whistleblowers who file award claims with the SEC.

“Today’s award underscores the significance of the SEC whistleblower program’s global reach,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “The agency has received whistleblower tips from individuals in 130 countries. Overseas whistleblowers are in a unique position to help identify wrongdoing occurring abroad that may otherwise be hard to detect.”

Ben Kostyack also contributed to this article.

Copyright Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP 2020. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 324
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Mary Jane Wilmoth is the firm’s managing partner, and works closely with the partners at KKC, specializing in environmental and nuclear whistleblower protection, Qui Tam/False Claims litigation, and labor and employment law. She joined the firm in 1992, and works on cases and hearings that involve complex nuclear and environmental regulations. In her efforts to assure such safeguards are upheld in the American workplace, she has helped to strengthen whistleblower rights in licensing and enforcement proceedings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also defended whistleblowers at...

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