The U.S. Whistleblower programs of regulators such as the SEC and CFTC are becoming a lucrative business for agencies that focus on the procurement of whistleblower information. This includes activities outside the U.S. This week the SEC awarded $900,000 for the detection of securities law violations overseas. Whistleblowers get their awards from monetary sanctions paid to the regulator from the offenders.
In the fiscal year 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dealt with 715 regulatory enforcement actions addressing a broad range of significant issues. Through these actions, the SEC obtained judgments and orders totaling approximately $4.68 billion in disgorgement and penalties and returned more than $600 million to harmed investors.