On September 22, 2014, the SEC issued a press release announcing an expected award of over $30 million to a whistleblower who provided original information about an ongoing fraud, which led to a successful SEC enforcement action. Press Release, SEC, SEC Announces Largest-Ever Whistleblower Award, Release No. 2014-206 (Sept. 22, 2014). According to the SEC, the ongoing fraud would have been difficult to detect without the information provided by the whistleblower, who is a foreign national. The Chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower also emphasized that this award “shows the international breadth of our whistleblower program” and encouraged “anyone, anywhere” to come forward.