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Alleged bank fraud leads to potential $100 million whistleblower payout

Alleged Bank Fraud Leads to Potential $100 Million Whistleblower Payout

According to a recent Wall Street Journal analysis, the U.S. government may soon award the largest whistleblower payout in history – up to $100 million total – after three former bank employees alerted authorities to alleged mistreatment of foreign-currency-trading clients by State Street Corp. and the Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

Both banks admitted wrongdoing and settled the cases for a combined total of about $1.2 billion, according to the WSJ article.

Obtaining Recoveries for Whistleblowers and Upholding the Public Trust

Lieff Cabraser represents whistleblowers in a wide range of False Claims Act cases, including medicare and healthcare fraud, defense contractor fraud, securities and financial fraud, and many other false claims.

Under the financial reform legislation enacted in 2010, known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whistleblowers who provide the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with information about a violation of federal securities laws may be entitled to a reward if the government acts on that information.
The recovery in this type of whistleblower case can be from 10 to 30 percent of the amount the government collects.

More broadly, the False Claims Act prohibits people and companies from defrauding the federal government by knowingly presenting, or causing to be presented, a false claim for payment or approval. The act is designed to prevent losses to the federal government. Violations of the False Claims Act can result in judgment in an amount equal to three times the amount of losses the U.S. Treasury sustained, plus civil fines.

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If you know of or suspect a fraud being perpetrated by a financial institution or fraud against the federal government, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the matter with you. There is no fee or obligation for our review of your potential case, and all information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence.