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This is FCPA Whistleblower clipart.SEC rewards are available to health, safety, and environmental (HSE) personnel at all levels who report corporate bribery to the SEC under the Dodd-Frank program. The Dodd-Frank reward program covers corporate violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). International whistleblowers and HSE personnel who provide information about corporate bribery of foreign government officials by SEC-regulated companies can receive large rewards. The SEC already has made more than $179 million in payments to whistleblowers. This post will discuss how current or former HSE personnel working in foreign countries may have reward eligible information relating to bribery.

HSE personnel often encounter local regulatory officials during audits and inspections. In many cases, the local HSE personnel will be responsible for obtaining safety and environmental permits and licenses and addressing issues identified during inspections. Sometimes companies will make payments to these regulatory officials to obtain the permits, licenses, and to avoid inspection violations. 

In both the mining and energy sectors, environmental assessments and safety inspections can take a long time and be very disruptive to business. Companies often will engage “consultants” to pay or otherwise bribe the local regulatory officials – who often make very little from their government salaries – to obtain the necessary environmental assessment and permits and avoid any safety inspection issues that would disrupt the company’s operations. If current or former HSE personnel learn of payments being made to obtain environmental assessments, permits, licenses, or to avoid violations, they should feel free to email me at arickman@rickmanlegal.com, as this could be valuable information. For more information and details about how the reward program applies to FCPA whistleblowers, please click here.

Andy Rickman is an FCPA whistleblower attorney who has filed Dodd-Frank reward submissions for international clients residing in more than 50 different countries. He is based in Washington, DC where Dodd-Frank reward submissions are filed and the SEC is headquartered. Mr. Rickman offers a free consultation to anyone who would like to discuss whether he or she has a Dodd-Frank reward eligible case. Please feel free to contact him at arickman@rickmanlegal.com.