According to the report, the SEC issued more whistleblower rewards in Fiscal Year 2014 than every previous year combined. Recently, the SEC authorized an award of more than $30 million to a whistleblower “who provided key original information” regarding “an ongoing fraud that otherwise would have been very difficult to detect.” This award is the largest made by the SEC’s whistleblower program to date. It also marked the fourth award to a whistleblower living in a foreign country, “demonstrating the program’s international reach.” In total, the SEC issued fourteen (14) awards in FY2014. This year also saw other notable developments for whistleblowers, including a significant increase in the number of whistleblower tips and the first anti-retaliation award in the program’s history.
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