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Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program

The Dodd-Frank Act, which aims to combat financial fraud, created an incentive for whistleblowers to come forward and report suspected violations of the Commodity Exchange Act.   The Commodity Futures Trading Commission whistleblower program was established by Dodd-Frank to create a streamlined approach for whistleblowers who wish to report suspected wrongdoing. The Program not only provides whistleblowers with a protocol to follow if they identify violations of the Commodity Exchange Act but it also provides financial incentive for coming forward to report such violations.

It is important to understand how the Commodity Futures Trading Commission whistleblower program works and to take appropriate action within this program if you believe that you have evidence of a violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Evans Law Firm can provide you with assistance in understanding what constitutes a violation, whether the evidence you have is appropriate to submit to the Program, and what your rights are when it comes to obtaining a financial reward. You should give us a call to talk with an experienced whistleblower lawyer as soon as possible as a substantial amount of money could be at stake if you have information that leads to the collection of monetary sanctions.

How Does the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower Program Work?

To participate in the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Whistleblower program as a whistleblower, you will need to submit a Form TCR (Tip, Complaint, or Referral) to the Whistleblower Office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  Form TCR is a lengthy and detailed form.  You should work with counsel on completing the form, as your application will be rejected if the form is incomplete.

You should provide as much detailed information as you can to make it simple and easy for the Commission to conduct an investigation and take appropriate action based on the tips that you provide.  There are anti-retaliation provisions in Dodd-Frank so when you submit your tip, your employer is prohibited from retaliating against you, even if you assist with an investigation.

If the CFTC brings an enforcement action based upon the information that you provide, you will be entitled to financial rewards, provided that the CFTC enforcement action results in at least $1 million in monetary sanctions. If other authorities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Department of Justice bring an enforcement action based on the information that you provide as a whistleblower, you will also be entitled to financial compensation provided that monetary sanctions are collected due to the enforcement action.

The total amount of your financial reward could be between 10 percent and 30 percent of the total monetary sanctions that are collected by the CFTC or that are collected in a related action brought by other government entities.  However, in order to be eligible for a reward, you must know the rules of the whistleblower program and follow the required process for coming forward with your information.

Evans Law Firm has provided assistance to many whistleblowers who participate in this CFTC program. We know the ins-and-outs of how the program works and we can assist you in making sure you provide appropriate and comprehensive information in accordance with the rules so you can obtain your financial reward. There may be millions of dollars at stake when fraud is occurring, so you should not hesitate to take action and contact a whistleblower attorney at our firm for assistance as soon as you suspect that the Commodity Exchange Act is being violated.

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