Included in this issue: BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION: Rolls-Royce faces second investigation in Brazil | CYBER CRIME: The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment | HEALTH & SAFETY: Hayes Fuels death: Firm admits breaching health & safety legislation | Chemical firm in court after explosion blows hole in factory | Repeated raw sewage leaks, lead to one of the largest water company fines | Sentencing following death of employee whilst excavating land | FRAUD: BoE probed over guidance to lenders in financial crisis emergency auctions | SANCTIONS: Annual frozen assets reporting exercise | GENERAL: Audi and Skoda say 3.3m cars have 'cheat' emissions software | PM says not enough is being done to tackle tax evasion | Modern Slavery Act 2015 - requirement

Bribery and Corruption

Rolls-Royce faces second investigation in Brazil

Rolls-Royce faces a second investigation in Brazil over its relationship with Brazil state-owned oil company, Petrobras.

The SFO was unable to comment on whether its investigation is now looking at the company’s activity in Brazil. 

The Guardian, 27 September 2015

Cyber Crime

The Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment

Europol issues its review of internet organised crime.

The review identifies the threats visibly impacting on industry and private EU citizens. It undertakes a forward-looking assessment of future risks and emerging threats and provides recommendations to assist in preventing cyber crime.  

Europol, 30 September 2015

Health & Safety

Hayes Fuels death: Firm admits breaching health & safety legislation

One of Northern Ireland's fuel distributors has admitted breaching health and safety legislation in connection with the death of one of its employees. A number of health and safety breaches were found and both the director and risk manager pleaded guilty.

The judge adjourned sentencing for one month. 

BBC News, 25 September 2015

Chemical firm in court after explosion blows hole in factory

A chemical firm has been fined after a hydrogen explosion blew a vessel lid through a factory roof. The company was fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs. 

Health and Safety Executive, 25 September 2015

Repeated raw sewage leaks, lead to one of the largest water company fines

Severn Trent Water Limited was fined £480,000 and ordered to pay Environment Agency Costs of £13,675.38 in relation to a number of pollution incidents. 

Environment Agency, 25 September 2015

Sentencing following death of employee whilst excavating land

Linley Development Limited pleaded guilty to Corporate Manslaughter after a retaining wall collapsed on their employee.  The company was fined £200,000 and ordered to pay towards the prosecution costs.

The Managing Director and Project Manager both pleaded guilty to contravening health and safety regulations and were both sentenced to six months in prison for each offence, suspended for two years. 

Hertfordshire Constabulary, 25 September 2015

Fraud

BoE probed over guidance to lenders in financial crisis emergency auctions

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating whether Bank of England officials rigged auctions by telling lenders to make similar bids for central bank funding.

It is understood that a decision on whether to bring charges is expected before the end of the year. 

The Telegraph, 28 September 2015

Sanctions

Annual frozen assets reporting exercise

As part of its annual frozen assets reporting exercise, HM Treasury requires any person or entity that holds or controls assets belonging to a designated person to provide it with the details of all frozen accounts and other funds or economic resources no later than Friday 16 October 2015. The report should include the value of such assets as at close of business on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

A failure to comply with or any action to circumvent this request is a criminal offence. 

HM Treasury1 October 2015

General

Audi and Skoda say 3.3m cars have 'cheat' emissions software

Audi and Skoda say that 3.3 million cars were fitted with a software that allowed parent company Volkswagen to cheat US emission tests.

The former chief executive, Martin Winterkorn will be investigated over "allegations of fraud in the sale of cars with manipulated emissions data". 

BBC News, 28 September 2015

PM says not enough is being done to tackle tax evasion

David Cameron accuses some British overseas territories and crown dependencies of not doing enough to tackle tax evasion and money laundering. 

The Guardian, 30 September 2015

Modern Slavery Act 2015 – requirement

From October, businesses with a turnover of £36 million or more are required to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement explaining what steps they have taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking taking place in any of their supply chains or their own businesses. 

Prime Minister's Office, 29 July 2015