Whistleblowers Awarded Over $54 Million by SEC

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SEC Awards More Than $320 Million The Securities and Exchange Commission is awarding $39 million to one whistleblower and $15 million to another whose critical information and continued assistance helped the agency bring an important enforcement action.  The $39 million award is the second-largest award in the history of the SEC’s whistleblower program. “Whistleblowers serve as invaluable sources of information, and can propel an investigation forward by helping us overcome obstacles and...
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JP Morgan Chase Whistleblower Gets Record $30Million

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A J.P. Morgan Chase whistleblower will receive about $30 million for providing crucial information to a successful Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigation into the biggest U.S. bank. The award was the largest in the history of the program, the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) said Thursday in a statement. It disclosed little else about the case, saying that it is prohibited from revealing information that could identify whistle-blowers. The payment was linke...
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Whistleblower Laws Violated by Gag Orders at Federal Agencies

Agencies can't bar speech without reminding workers of their rights In December, The Washington Post revealed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recommended employees not use certain words, including “diversity” and “entitlement,” when preparing budget documents for Congress. According to a federal watchdog, which verified parts of The Post’s reporting, this was one of several questionable decisions the CDC and its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Ser...
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Whistleblower Exposes $32M in Unaccounted Gear at Naval Base

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Federal investigators announced Monday they had sent a letter to President Trump and Congress notifying them of "mismanagement" at a unit of Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel's letter and an accompanying 2017 report by Navy investigators were prompted by complaints from a whistleblower who previously worked at the local base. The Navy ultimately determined that more than $32 million worth of equipment could not be accounted for because warehouse em...
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Largest-Ever SEC Whistleblower Award

Washington D.C.,- The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its highest-ever Dodd-Frank whistleblower awards, with two whistleblowers sharing a nearly $50 million award and a third whistleblower receiving more than $33 million. The previous high was a $30 million award in 2014. “These awards demonstrate that whistleblowers can provide the SEC with incredibly significant information that enables us to pursue and remedy serious violations that might otherwise go unnoticed,” said J...
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New Jersey Appeals Court Gives State Larger Chunk of Whistleblower Awards

A whistleblower who was awarded $1.2 million in a False Claims Act suit must pay state taxes on the entire amount of the award, even if the amount paid in legal fees and portions of the proceeds were shared with other relators, a New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday. Anthony Kite, who filed a whistleblower suit accusing several hospitals of overbilling Medicare by as much as 400 percent, was able to deduct his legal fees for the case from his federal income taxes. But he must pay state tax...
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Business Insider / Foreign National Awarded $4.1 Million

The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded more than $4.1 million to a former company insider who alerted the agency to a widespread, multi-year securities law violation and continued to provide important information and assistance throughout the SEC’s investigation. “Company insiders often have valuable information that can help the SEC halt an ongoing securities law violation and better protect investors,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “The breadth o...
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Over $162 million awarded to 47 Whistleblowers by SEC

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that a whistleblower has earned an award of more than $1 million for providing the SEC with new information and substantial corroborating documentation of a securities law violation by a registered entity that impacted retail customers. “Today’s award reflects the impact that whistleblower information can have in uncovering violations that harm the retail investor,” said Jane Norberg, Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower. “W...
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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis/amp  What we know about Hanford we know mainly from whistle-blowers who worked inside the nuclear facility—and who have been ostracized by their community for threatening the industry in a one-industry town. (“Resistance to understanding a threat grows with proximity,” writes Brown.) One hundred and forty-nine of the tanks in the Hanford farms are made of a single shell of a steel ill-designed to contain highly...
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Former Cardiovascular Systems Inc. Employee Awarded $25 million in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury has awarded more than $25 million to a whistleblower who was fired for reporting what he considered illegal sales tactics and surgeon kickbacks by a Minnesota medical device company. Steven Babyak won his lawsuit against former employer, St. Paul-based Cardiovascular Systems Inc., for both whistleblower retaliation and wrongful termination in Los Angeles Superior Court. The jury on Monday awarded $2.7 million for past and future wage loss, and $22.4 million in punitive dama...
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