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SEC Whistleblower Program: What violations qualify for an SEC whistleblower award?


Whistleblowing About Violations of the Federal Securities Laws

Any violation of the federal securities laws qualifies for an SEC whistleblower award. The SEC has broad jurisdiction over a wide range of industries and entities—both public and private.  In FY 2023, the SEC received more than 18,000 whistleblower tips alleging a variety of misconduct.  The most common complaint categories reported by whistleblowers were Manipulation (24%), Offering Fraud (19%), Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto Asset Securities (14%), and Corporate Disclosures and Financials (10%).  The most common SEC whistleblower tips involve:

Contact our experienced and effective SEC whistleblower lawyers today to find out if you might be eligible for an SEC whistleblower award.  We provide critical guidance to whistleblowers throughout this process to protect their identities and increase the likelihood that they obtain the maximum award.

In conjunction with our courageous clients, our SEC whistleblower lawyers have helped the SEC halt multi-million dollar investment schemes, expose violations at large publicly traded companies, and return funds to defrauded investors. And we have secured multi-million dollar awards for our clients.

Under the SEC Whistleblower Program, a whistleblower’s tip must lead to collected monetary sanctions (penalties, disgorgement, and interest) in excess of $1 million to be eligible for an award. Click below to hear SEC whistleblower lawyer Matt Stock’s tips for SEC whistleblowers:

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Recently the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners published a profile of SEC whistleblower lawyer Matt Stock’s success working with whistleblowers to fight fraud:

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For more information about whistleblower rewards and bounties, click here and contact the SEC whistleblower lawyers at Zuckerman Law at 202-262-8959.

To learn more about the SEC Whistleblower Program, download Zuckerman Law’s eBook: SEC Whistleblower Program: Tips from SEC Whistleblower Attorneys to Maximize an SEC Whistleblower Award:

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SEC Whistleblower FAQs

These FAQs provide additional examples of the types of securities law violations that can qualify for an award:

Eligibility for an SEC Whistleblower Bounty and Tips for SEC Whistleblowers

Tips to Successfully Navigate SEC Whistleblower Process

SEC Whistleblower Awards


Any violation of federal securities laws qualifies for an award under the SEC Whistleblower Program. The FCC has broad jurisdiction over both public and private entities. The most common tips that the SEC receives involve violations in public filings, investment violations, and insider trading tips. However, other notable areas of SEC enforcement include things such a foreign bribery, EB-5 fraud, and even auditor independence violations.

Jason Zuckerman, Principal of Zuckerman Law, litigates whistleblower retaliation, qui tam, wrongful discharge, and other employment-related claims. He is rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo, was recognized by Washingtonian magazine as a “Top Whistleblower Lawyer” in 2015 and selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America® and in SuperLawyers.

Matthew Stock is the Director of the Whistleblower Rewards Practice at Zuckerman Law. He represents whistleblowers around the world in SEC, CFTC and IRS whistleblower claims. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and former KPMG external auditor.