By: James W. Kraus
On August 21, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that an individual who had provided documents and other significant information in the investigation of a multi-million dollar securities fraud scheme had been awarded nearly $50,000. This is the first pay-out from a new SEC program designed to reward people who provide evidence of securities fraud. The award represents 30% of the dollar amount collected in an SEC enforcement action against the perpetrators of the scheme. This (30%) is the maximum percentage pay-out allowed by the Whistleblower Law.
The Whistleblower’s assistance led to a court ordering more than $1 million in sanctions, of which approximately $150,000 has been collected thus far. It is still possible that additional sanctions will be issued. Any such increase, will increase payments to the Whistleblower.
Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, stated, “this Whistleblower provided the exact kind of information and cooperation we were hoping the Whistleblower program would attract.” He indicated further that, “had this Whistleblower not helped to uncover the full dimensions of the scheme, it is very likely that many more investors would have been victimized.”
The SEC did not approve a claim from a second individual seeking an award in this matter, because of the information provided that did not lead to or significantly contribute to the SEC’s enforcement action, as required for an award.
The SEC indicates that the quality of tips that has been receiving is on the increase. It indicates that it has received about 8 tips per day since establishment of the program in August of 2011.
James W. Kraus, of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, has been selected as the recipient of the DRI’s Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award which will be presented during the DRI Annual Meeting on October 17 in Chicago, Illinois. This award honors a program chair who created a dynamic educational program enhancing… Read more »Read More
James W. Kraus has been appointed to serve as the Chair of the Directors and Officers Coverage Subcommittee of the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee (GECC). DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. The GECC provides opportunities for education… Read more »Read More
Joseph L. Gordon will be presenting on “OSHA’s Ten Most Common Violations – An Insider’s Perspective on Easy Solutions to Overlooked Hazards” at The Pennsylvania State Council of SHRM’s 2019 State Conference in State College, PA. Joe will be a co-presenter with Nicholas DeJesse, an Assistant Regional Administrator with OSHA.Read More
Marc Stephen Raspanti will be speaking at a False Claims Act Enforcement Roundtable on September 19, 2019 from 4:00-6:30pm in Miami, Florida. This event is being co-hosted by Pietragallo, Morgan Lewis, the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, and the American Bar Association’s Qui Tam Subcommittee for a False Claims Act/Qui Tam Roundtable, “Florida Style.” The discussion… Read more »Read More