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With the start of the NFL season comes a different kind of bounty program. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it paid its first reward to a whistleblower under the Dodd Frank Act’s new whistleblower program. Federal regulators awarded almost $50,000 to an informant who helped the SEC tackle an investment firm engaged in fraud. The reward amounted to a 30 percent share of the sanctions collected to date—the maximum reward percentage allowed.

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