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Types of Corporate
SEC Crimes

Whistleblowers reporting SEC corporate crimes earn an average reward of $5,000,000

If you know about a violation of the FCPA or other law enforced by the SEC then take our award-winning online whistleblower evaluation. Only the first person to report a violation receives an award, so it’s vital to act quickly. If you’re not sure about what you witnessed is a violation of SEC rules or regulations, then take a look below at some of the types of corporate crimes that qualify for a whistleblower award,


In order to qualify for a reward from a whistleblower program, any crimes you report to the SEC must be against laws, rules or regulations enforced by the SEC. Below are some types of corporate crime that can qualify for an SEC whistleblower reward.

Bribery (FCPA)

Bribery and corruption are the most obvious violations to report to the SEC, as these are violations of the FCPA. FCPA stands for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is a law aggressively enforced by the SEC. Bribery is illegal under the FCPA and bribery can include offering payment or anything of value to a foreign government official in order to obtain or retain business. “Anything of value” is a fairly broad term– it could be money, stock, jobs, vehicles, equipment, and the list goes on. If you know of a potential FCPA violation, contact our experienced FCPA whistleblower attorneys now.

Accounting Violations (FCPA)

The FCPA doesn’t just prohibit bribery, failing to keep accurate books and records, or accounting records, can violate the FCPA. Furthermore, failing to implement sufficient anti-bribery compliance policies may also qualify as a violation of the FCPA. Even if the you cannot prove a bribe has taken place, improper payments that were not accurately recorded can still qualify as FCPA violations.

Securities Fraud (SEC)

The most common type or corporate crime prosecuted by the SEC is securities fraud. Securities fraud violations are prosecuted by the SEC aggressively. Securities fraud can include Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes, stock manipulation, broker embezzlement, lying about investment risk or rate of return, falsifying earnings or making material misstatements to the market. If you work at a publicly traded company and you believe something unethical or improper is taking place, it may qualify as securities fraud and you should take immediate action by contacting our experienced whistleblower attorneys. Not only can reporting securities fraud result in a whistleblower reward, but there are significant legal protections against retaliation for whistleblowers who report securities fraud to the SEC.

Contact An Experienced FCPA Whistleblower Attorney

If you have information on any SEC crimes, it’s important to act quickly. Speak with one of FTI Law’s experienced FCPA and SEC whistleblower lawyers now to learn more about violations, whether you are protected from retaliation, and whether you could qualify for a whistleblower award.

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