On May 12, the UK Serious Fraud Office announced yet more corruption charges against Alstom SA, the beleaguered French power and transportation company that last yearpleaded guilty in the US to allegations of bribery and agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty for FCPA violations ever to the DOJ.  The new charges were brought against the former senior vice president of ethics and compliance and director of Alstom International Limited for alleged bribery in Hungary related to a Budapest Metro contract for trains.  The charges arise from the same conduct as last month’s bribery charges against another company and employee affiliated with Alstom, and continue the recent trend of compliance professionals facing increased personal liability.

The SFO has now charged six individuals in its long-running investigation of Alstom.