Criminals Beware: SEC’s Whistleblower Program Goes Live

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched a new webpage that will allow whistleblowers to report violations of federal securities laws. They can also apply for a financial reward.

The webpage came about via the Dodd–Frank Act. To be eligible for a reward the whistleblower has to provide "new and timely information" that helps "lead to a successful SEC enforcement action with more than $1 million in monetary sanctions."

"Securities fraud is not a victimless crime," says Sean McKessy, chief of the SEC's Office of the Whistleblower. "That's why it is so important for people to step forward when they witness an ongoing securities fraud or learn about one that has taken place or is about to occur. Our new whistleblower award program makes it easier for people to take that step."

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