Sallah Astarita & Cox $1.8 Million Whistleblower Award

A former South Florida Morgan Stanley Smith Barney broker’s decision to blow the whistle on alleged misconduct has resulted in an almost $1.8 million award from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which said the complaint helped uncover crucial evidence and claw back millions for investors.

Represented by James Sallah of Sallah Astarita & Cox, LLC and Scott Silver of Silver Law Group the complaint revolved around a foreign currency trading program called “CitiFX Alpha.” Brokers went on to recommend that clients invest in the program to offshore clients between August 2010 and July 2011, but investors lost millions when it imploded.

The SEC called the former broker’s assistance ”extraordinary” in a press release that said it would have struggled to uncover what it did without the tip.


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Mark Astarita is a nationally recognized securities attorney, who represents investors, financial professionals and firms in securities litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters, including SEC and FINRA investigations and enforcement proceedings.

He is a partner in the national securities law firm Sallah Astarita & Cox, LLC, and the founder of The Securities Law Home Page -, which was one of the first legal topic sites on the Internet. It went online in 1995 and is updated daily with news, commentary and securities law related links.

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