“Original information” is information that is not already known to the SEC. Thus, if another whistleblower files your information with the SEC first, you will not be eligible for an award based on the same information (unless, of course, you were the original source of the information that the other person submitted).
This information can be derived from your independent knowledge (facts known to you that are not derived from publicly available sources) or independent analysis (evaluation of information that may be publicly available but which reveals information that is not generally known).
For more information about whistleblower rewards and bounties, contact the SEC whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959.
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- See our column in Forbes: One Billion Reasons Why The SEC Whistleblower-Reward Program Is Effective.
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- See our post in Accounting Today: Whistleblower Protections and Incentives for Auditors and Accountants.
- See our article providing Tips for SEC Whistleblowers
- See our post in The Compliance and Ethics Blog: Shkreli Trial Reveals the Challenges Faced by Compliance Whistleblowers.
Original information is any information that’s not otherwise already known by the SEC and this is why it’s important that when whistleblowers become aware of a violation, that they submit this information to the SEC as quickly as possible because if another individual submits the same information or information about the same violation, your information will no longer be considered original information and you will not be eligible for an award under the program.