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Whistleblowers make reports anonymously if represented by an attorney. Government whistleblower programs also offer protections for anyone retaliated against for filing a report. Kelley, Wolter & Scott attorneys have represented many whistleblowers in claims submitted anonymously to numerous government agencies.
A whistleblower can help the government identify and prosecute violations much earlier than might otherwise have been possible. The government recognizes that whistleblowers are the first line of defense against corruption, fraud, and wrongdoing and the single most effective source for information about fraud and other illegal activities.
Certain government agencies are authorized by Congress to provide monetary awards to eligible individuals who come forward with high-quality original information that leads to an enforcement action in which over $1,000,000 in sanctions is ordered. The range for awards is between 10% and 30% of the money collected.
Some of the agencies that offer recoveries for successful whistleblower claims include the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Treasury Department. Whistleblower claims can involve a variety of issues, including:
- Financial fraud or misconduct within a company;
- Investment fraud and Ponzi schemes;
- Securities, futures and commodity fraud;
- Corporate reporting violations;
- Paycheck Protection Program fraud;
- ESG investment schemes;
- Money laundering;
- Cryptocurrency fraud;
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations;
- Tax fraud; and
- Health and Safety violations in the workplace.
Our Minneapolis-based whistleblower attorneys at Kelley, Wolter & Scott understand that the decision to come forward with information about fraud or other wrongdoing is not one taken lightly. Contact us for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.