The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules that could reward individuals who blow the whistle on illegal activity in securities markets, with bounties on successful prosecutions.To be considered for an award, the SEC’s whistleblower program requires the individual to provide "original information" that leads to the successful enforcement by the SEC of a federal court or administrative action where penalties exceed $1 million.

Whistleblowers could be paid from 10% to 30% of the money paid in such cases.

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