On June 14, the SEC announced whistleblower awards to two individuals totaling an initial combined payment of approximately $3 million for information and assistance provided in a successful enforcement action. According to the redacted order, the SEC awarded the first whistleblower for providing assistance early in the investigation and helping enforcement staff focus its resources and theories. The second whistleblower was rewarded for helping to uncover misappropriated funds and fraudulent transfers. The SEC noted that both whistleblowers provided ongoing assistance in the investigation, including participating in interviews and providing helpful documents involved in the investigations.
The SEC has awarded approximately $932 million to 172 individuals since issuing its first award in 2012.