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With few exceptions, any individual or group of individuals, regardless of citizenship, can report a possible violation of the federal securities laws while protecting their identity, securing robust employment protections and earning significant monetary awards. In fact, a whistleblower doesn’t have to be employed by the entity at issue.
A particularly interesting aspect of eligibility is that a successful SEC whistleblower may have absolutely no firsthand knowledge of the misconduct whatsoever. In fact, we represented two financial analysts who tipped the SEC to corporate fraud at Orthofix, a medical device manufacturer. How did these whistleblowers discover the misconduct? While doing their job as outside analysts, studying publicly available data, something didn’t add up. It sure didn’t add up, Orthofix was engaged in a major accounting fraud and our in-house investigators were able to corroborate their concerns by talking to former employees.
For some, for many, for most…always remember that when asking ‘Can I Be an SEC Whistleblower?’ or ‘Can I Get a Whistleblower Award?’…the answer may well be a resounding yes. Check out our eligibility calculator for more information.
As Jordan Thomas wrote in an article on the definitive Wall Street read ZeroHedge, “Crafted by an ad agency immediately following 9/11, the slogan “if you see something, say something” took hold with astonishing speed. The tagline reflected a tectonic cultural shift; the serious and growing need for public participation in the nation’s enforcement paradigm. In many ways, those six words have come to define a change in guard in which government has effectively deputized everyday citizens to be its eyes and ears.”
Please visit ZeroHedge to read the full article.
Eligibility qualification hinges on three factors: The tip must be original; it must be provided voluntarily; and, it must lead to a successful enforcement action resulting in monetary sanctions exceeding $1,000,000. There are, of course, nuances to when information is “original” and when it is provided “voluntarily.” These distinctions may best be discussed with an attorney who is well versed in the SEC investigative process.
Read more about whistleblower qualifications here: eligibility for the SEC whistleblower program