Thursday, November 4, 2010

Should we really believe any 'internal system' of any company committing serious fraud is going to listen to the ones exposing it??

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission took a step toward expanding its ability to reward whistleblowers after the Dodd-Frank financial rules overhaul provided greater incentives for tipsters to come forward.

SEC commissioners voted 5-0 today to propose a rule that authorizes the agency to pay whistleblowers in enforcement cases where sanctions exceed $1 million. Under the proposal, the agency could give claimants as much as 30 percent of all the money it collects when imposing fines or recouping ill-gotten gains. Awards are currently capped at 10 percent of collected money and limited to insider-trading cases.

“Whistleblowers can be a source of high-quality leads,” SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said at a meeting in Washington. “They can provide us with first-hand information about ongoing frauds that may otherwise not come to light. This type of information can be crucial to protecting investors or helping us return their funds.”

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