They live in a secret world, risking their careers and reputations to expose corporate fraud—and sometimes make tens of millions of dollars.
Wall Street is suddenly paying attention because the new Dodd-Frank financial reform law extends whistleblower provisions to Wall Street for the first time. That means employees who expose fraud and wrongdoing stand to collect 10 to 30 percent of the amount recovered by the government.
Some of these whistleblowers have already made millions, others have ended up in prison, but all have unique perspectives on the risks and rewards of turning in big companies. Here are some of the most interesting whistleblowers, in their own words, from interviews with CNBC.
By Eamon Javers
Posted 8 Feb 2011