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CFTC Whistleblowers2020-07-31T19:38:00+00:00

Whistleblower attorneys representing commodities fraud whistleblowers who submit information to the CFTC whistleblower rewards program.

Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto’s whistleblower attorneys have experience representing whistleblowers in cases involving complex financial and commodities fraud in the commodities markets. Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto currently represents CFTC whistleblowers under the confidential and “anonymous” whistleblower protection provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act and work closely with enforcement officials.

The CFTC whistleblower reward program, established in 2010 under the Dodd-Frank Act, pays whistleblower awards to eligible individuals who voluntarily provide the CFTC with original information on violations of the Commodity Exchange Act that leads to a successful enforcement action resulting in monetary sanctions exceeding $1,000,000. Rewards under the program are mandatory for qualified whistleblowers and are in the range of 10-30% of the collected proceeds. Employers cannot retaliate against whistleblowers or encumber potential whistleblowers from communicating with the CFTC.

If you would like to learn more about how to report fraud in commodities markets or violations of commodities laws under the CFTC whistleblower program, please contact Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto whistleblower law firm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I live outside the US? Can I still obtain a CFTC lawyer?2020-07-01T16:28:47+00:00

Yes. Non-U.S. citizens can hire whistleblower attorneys. CFTC whistleblowers who live outside of the U.S. can hire attorneys to assist in filing their Dodd-Frank Act or Commodity Exchange Act case. In order to file an anonymous claim, you are required to hire a licensed U.S. attorney. Request a free consultation with an experienced attorney today.

What if I live outside the US? Can I still obtain a CFTC whistleblower attorney?2020-05-22T15:56:33+00:00

CFTC whistleblowers who live outside of the U.S. can obtain attorneys to assist in filing their Commodity Exchange Act case. In order to file an anonymous claim you are required to hire a licensed U.S. attorney. To determine whether you have a case you can Request a free consultation with an experienced whistleblower attorney.

What are the differences between CFTC and SEC whistleblower programs?2020-04-23T15:37:58+00:00

The CFTC and SEC whistleblower programs are nearly identical in how they process whistleblower reward claims. The two agencies often cooperate on investigations.

Can an individual anonymously file an CFTC award case?2020-05-22T15:55:06+00:00

Yes. In order to file an anonymous reward claim with the CFTC, you must first hire an attorney. The attorney collects the information from the whistleblower and then files the claim on behalf of the whistleblower to the CFTC. The CFTC knows who the attorney is, but not the identity of the whistleblower.

What happens after a CFTC whistleblower files information of wrongdoing with the Commission under the whistleblower law?2020-05-22T15:54:36+00:00

After filing a whistleblower claim with the Commission, the CFTC will choose whether or not to initiate an investigation. If the investigation results in sanctions of $1 million or more, the case will move to the second stage, the filing of the APP award application. A denial of a reward can be appealed in court.

Who can be a CFTC whistleblower?2020-05-22T15:53:47+00:00

Almost any individual who reports securities violations to the CFTC can become eligible for monetary reward. U.S. citizens and foreign nationals can both be CFTC whistleblowers.

Can CFTC whistleblowers obtain rewards?2020-04-23T15:34:52+00:00

Yes. CFTC whistleblowers who qualify for awards can receive payments ranging from 10 to 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected by the Commission.

How does CFTC whistleblower law work?2020-05-22T15:53:10+00:00

The CFTC Whistleblower Program pays rewards to people who submit evidence of violations in the trading of commodities and/or other violations of the Commodity Exchange Act. The scope of the law is very broad and covers non-publicly traded companies that trade in commodities. It can also cover money laundering and foreign bribery. The CTFC whistleblower law was enacted as part of the Dodd-Frank Act and is very similar to the SEC whistleblower law. CFTC whistleblowers who qualify for awards can receive payments ranging from 10 to 30 percent of the monetary sanctions collected by the Commission.

What is the Commodity Exchange Act whistleblower program?2020-05-22T15:52:36+00:00

Created by the Dodd-Frank Act the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) established a highly effective whistleblower reward program for individual who report commodity frauds, including foreign exchange transactions and frauds in the commodity markets regarding the pricing of oil, food and natural resources.

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