30% Maximum SEC Whistleblower Award Divided Evenly Between Two SEC WhistleblowersTwo individuals voluntarily provided original information to the Unites States Securities and Exchange Commission that led to a successful enforcement action in the same SEC whistleblower case. The SEC’s Claims Review Staff (“CRS”) recommended that the Commission grant them the maximum SEC whistleblower award possible. The maximum SEC whistleblower award available for a single case is 30% of what the SEC collects from the wrongdoers. In the CRS’s Preliminary Determination, it recommended that the total overall 30% award be split evenly, with the two whistleblowers receiving individual SEC whistleblower awards of fifteen percent (15%) each. The two whistleblowers informed the SEC that they would not contest the CRS’s determination. The Commission entered an Order granting the joint maximum SEC whistleblower award as recommended by its Claims Review Staff.
Individual SEC Whistleblower Awards Of 15% EachThe Order explained that the two individuals had been “acting in concert” as SEC whistleblowers. For the reasons set forth by the Claims Review Staff, the Commission ordered that the two whistleblowers “each shall receive an award of fifteen percent (15%) for a total of thirty percent (30%) of the monetary sanctions collected” from the perpetrator(s) of the securities fraud(s) or violation(s).
The SEC’s Press Release About The Joint Maximum SEC Whistleblower AwardIn a related press release, the Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”) described the fraud(s) or violation(s) that the whistleblowers had uncovered as “complex”:
These whistleblowers provided original information and assistance that enabled us to investigate and bring a successful enforcement action in a complex area of the securities market.According to the press release, the total 30% SEC whistleblower reward came to more than $875,000, split evenly between the two whistleblowers.