Securities Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer
If you are aware of stock fraud that is actively taking place, you could be rewarded by reporting what you know to the SEC. Find out by working confidentially with a securities fraud whistleblower lawyer.
Securities fraud is a rampant problem in the investment world. In essence, securities fraud can be any action or business practice that attempts to deceive investors, usually resulting in significant losses to these victims while enriching or somehow benefiting the fraudster.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offers substantial financial rewards to people with information that can expose this type of illegal activity. Becoming a whistleblower is a difficult decision, and not only is it the right one, but the reward awarded by the SEC can easily be worth millions of dollars if the securities fraud is significant enough.
There are risks involved, however, which is why you should provide your tip through a securities fraud whistleblower lawyer from Meissner Associates. Doing so can protect your anonymity while ensuring that you are well informed of what sort of result your information is likely to yield.
How Do You Recognize Securities Fraud?
It almost goes without saying that the securities industry is incredibly complicated. One of the reasons that securities fraud whistleblowers are so valuable to the SEC is that it’s often not easy to identify fraudulent activity when it takes place. This makes whistleblowers essential to enforcing the industry’s many laws and regulations.
Most securities fraud has to do with stocks and investments. The fraud itself can take many forms, as it can deal with how the stocks are sold, what sort of information is disclosed and provided to investors, whether the securities are properly registered, whether the stocks are being manipulated, and much more. Detailed below are some of the more common examples of stock fraud that a securities fraud whistleblower lawyer can help you expose to the SEC:
- Insider Trading – Illegal insider trading takes place when the trader buys or sells stocks based on information not publicly available. This information is usually obtained through the trader’s professional duties, but it can also be acquired through other improper activities.
- Ponzi Scheme – A Ponzi scheme occurs when a business pays its investors from funds paid by other investors rather than through legitimate earnings. At its “core,” a Ponzi scheme often doesn’t have a true way to make money other than by bringing in capital through more investors.
- Offering Fraud – Sometimes companies materially misrepresent a stock through offers and information that are too good to be true. This type of fraud can convince unwary investors to purchase stocks while under the impression that they’re making an investment that’s a guaranteed return.
- Embezzlement – Embezzlement is essentially an exceptionally sneaky type of theft. The embezzler finds a way to convert ownership of assets, usually to his or herself, and usually in small amounts spread out over time so as to avoid detection.
- Failure to Disclose – Any time a company or trader conceals information that could influence an investor’s decision, it is a failure to disclose. This could be a failure to disclose fees, a scandal, financial losses, or even a breach of cybersecurity.
Why Become a Securities Fraud Whistleblower?
The answer to this question is twofold. First, exposing stock fraud protects investors from becoming victims of fraudsters. As mentioned, the securities industry is unbelievably complicated, and unethical people can easily defraud innocent people of their life savings. By exposing financial wrongdoing, you could literally save the futures and finances of untold numbers of innocent people.
Second, by submitting an actionable tip to the SEC, you stand to receive a financial reward worth millions of dollars. If the SEC collects monetary sanctions in excess of $1,000,000 thanks to the information you provide, you could receive between 10 and 30 percent of the funds collected, depending on how critical your tip and involvement were to the SEC investigation.
By submitting your tip through a securities fraud whistleblower lawyer from our firm, you can also remain anonymous. The SEC only allows this when you go through an attorney. So in the end, you can protect your identity, help others, and be financially rewarded.
What Protections Do Securities Fraud Whistleblowers Receive?
Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act, stock fraud whistleblowers now receive substantial legal protections when their information results in a successful SEC investigation. You are legally protected from retaliation as a result of your securities fraud tip.
So if the entity you are exposing is the company you work for, you cannot be demoted, harassed, terminated, threatened, or suspended. If an action is filed against you in the state of New York that arises from or relates to your SEC tip submission, your securities fraud whistleblower lawyer from Meissner Associates will defend you as part of our retention agreement.
Securities Fraud Whistleblower FAQ
It’s natural to be hesitant when it comes to blowing the whistle on stock fraud. However, if the SEC feels that you waited an unreasonable amount of time before acting, it can reduce the percentage of the collected sanctions that you are rewarded with. With that in mind, in this section we’ve provided answers to a few common questions that might help you make the decision to submit your tip for a confidential evaluation performed by an experienced securities fraud whistleblower lawyer.
Can I be a stock fraud whistleblower if I was complicit in the fraudulent activity?
You can, but it is possible that your involvement will expose you to criminal prosecution. Your potential reward will most likely also be reduced. If this is your situation, you should make certain to submit your confidential tip with full details so that we can give you a complete answer on what you can expect.
Who is most likely to be a victim of securities fraud?
People over the age of fifty are the most common victims. These are generally individuals who are beginning to seriously plan for their retirement, so by blowing the whistle, you can protect their future wellbeing. At this age, losing one’s life savings is very difficult to recover from—both financially and emotionally.
What happens if someone else has already informed the SEC of the fraud I want to report?
As a condition of receiving a financial reward, the SEC requires that the information you supply is original. This means that if another whistleblower beats you to the punch, you will lose your chance at collecting a reward, making it even more important to submit your tip quickly and decisively.
Help from a Stock Fraud Whistleblower Lawyer
Meissner Associates has been helping whistleblowers expose fraud and corruption since well before Dodd-Frank was enacted. We were responsible for helping a whistleblower recover the largest accounting-related reward to date: $22.4 million. Our firm knows how to frame your information in the manner that is most likely to catch the SEC’s attention.
The tip that you submit for evaluation by a securities fraud whistleblower lawyer is completely confidential, and in return, you’ll receive an honest assessment of the information you have. There’s no risk involved in finding out what you know, so give us a call at 1-866-764-3100 or complete the form below.