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Reporting a Sanctions Violation Can Qualify for a Whistleblower Reward

In the Anti-Money Laundering Whistleblower Improvement Act of 2022, Congress expanded the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to require Treasury to pay an award to a whistleblower for a voluntary disclosure of original information that results in the collection of sanctions above $1 million for a violation of:

  • the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.);
  • sections 5 and 12 of the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. 4305; 4312); or
  • the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (21 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.).

A whistleblower who discovers sanctions evasion can report anonymously (if represented by an attorney) and can obtain an award of 10% to 30% of the collected monetary sanctions.

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Reporting a Violation of U.S. Economic Sanctions Can Potentially Qualify for an SEC Whistleblower Award

Violating U.S. economic sanctions can also violate disclosure duties under federal securities laws.  For example, Section 219 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 requires SEC-registered issuers to disclose all Iran-related activities covered by sanctions restrictions. The SEC’s Office of Global Security Risk (OSGC) monitors issuers’ disclosures related to business activities involving US-sanctioned counties.
Recent Office of Foreign Assets Control penalties for sanctions violations have been substantial.  In March 2017, Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation paid $100,871,266 in a settlement agreement for 251 apparent violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.  ZTE used third-party companies to surreptitiously supply Iran with a substantial volume of U.S.-origin goods, including controlled goods appearing on the Commerce Control List.

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Qualifying for an SEC Whistleblower Award

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