Eric Ben-Artzi, a former Deutsche risk officer, has told the SEC he is declining his share of a $16.5m payout — the third largest in the whistleblower programme’s history — awarded for information that led the agency to fine Deutsche Bank $55m last year. The SEC found Deutsche misstated its accounts at the height of the financial crisis by improperly valuing a giant derivatives position. Mr Ben-Artzi said the fine should be paid by individual executives, not shareholders, and suggested the “revolving door” of senior personnel between the SEC and Germany’s largest bank had played a role in executives going unpunished. “This goes beyond the typical revolving-door story,” Mr Ben-Artzi wrote in an opinion article for the Financial Times. “In this case, top SEC lawyers had held senior posts at the bank, moving in and out of top positions at the SEC even as the investigations into malfeasance at Deutsche Bank were ongoing,” The SEC, citing confidentiality, and Deutsche Bank also declined to comment.