The whistleblower which I featured in yesterday’s blog who was awarded $30 million by the Commodities Futures Trading Commission for blowing the whistle on JPMorgan Chase, will also receive an additional $48 million from the Securities and Exchange Commission. That means he will receive $78 million! His name is Edward Siedle and he is a former lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission, now turned forensic investigator, who alerted the SEC to the bank’s wrongdoing. Prior to this, Mr. Siedle, investigated pension funds for overcharging beneficiaries, alerted regulators of a mutual fund scam being run by JPMorgan Chase in 2011, The Post has learned.
The larger part of his whistleblower award comes from a $267 million settlement between JPMorgan and the SEC, which investigated the bank for steering high-net-worth clients toward its own investment funds that could cost more than those managed by rivals. The CFTC joined the investigation because some of the JPM investment products involved commodities. The bank agreed to pay $100 million to settle the CFTC probe. Siedle said he has filed about two whistleblower suits a year since the program started, and has no immediate plans for the award.
–Jeffrey A. Newman