The Potential Rewards for Blowing the Whistle on Wall Street Just Went Up

As an incentive to blow the whistle, the Securities and Exchange Commission awards tipsters who supply credible information resulting in successful enforcement actions up to 30 percent of monetary penalties paid by securities violators. The unique features of the program encourage tipsters from all walks of life and sectors to step forward. For example, the SEC paid $4.5 million to a former Brazilian orthopedic surgeon for blowing the whistle on a kickback scheme orchestrated by a global medical device manufacturing company. To date in 2019, the SEC has awarded nearly $60 million to five individuals.[1]

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