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SEC Whistleblower Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program provides a reward to those who report violations.

In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Congress established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Program as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer protection Act. The program provides a reward for whistleblowers who report violations of the securities laws, if the information reported by the whistleblower results in sanctions exceeding $1 million. Other key aspects of the program include anonymous reporting and protection from retaliation.


The reward for successful reporting ranges between 10% and 30% of the amount recovered, provided that the sanctions exceed the $1 million threshold.

Whistleblower claims for reporting securities law violations cover a broad range of misconduct, including:

  • Accounting fraud

  • Money laundering

  • Insider trading

  • Mispricing of stock

  • Violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

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