Monsanto whistleblower awarded nearly $22.5m in SEC probe

Second-largest corporate payment made under SEC's whistleblower bounty program.

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) this week awarded more than $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped the agency halt a “well-hidden fraud” at Monsanto Co. The award was part of an $80 million penalty imposed for alleged accounting violations and improper financial reporting.

The $22 million-plus award is the second-largest total SEC has awarded a whistleblower. The largest, $30 million, was awarded in 2014 in an unrelated case

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