SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s state financial watchdog said Friday it paid more than 120 million won (US$100,000) last year in cash rewards for helping punish violators of capital market rules.
A total of 120.7 million won was given to five informers of such irregularities as stock price manipulation, unfair trading and the use of undisclosed information, according to the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS).
It marks the largest-ever amount of cash rewards since the agency introduced the public merit system in 2000.
The maximum cash rewards were lifted to 2 billion won in 2013 from 100 million won in 2004 and 5 million won in 2000.
The payment of cash rewards has been largely on the rise.
The amount stood at 41.4 million won in 2013, 104 million won in 2014 and 59 million won last year.
“Unfair transactions in the capital market tend to be growing sophisticated. In taking actions against those, reporting from (informers) has become more important,” an FSS official said. “We will continue to thoroughly keep the information on informers secret and protect them.”
Informers need to offer details of any violation and related evidence to receive the cash reward.