A warning was sent out today as the first person to be convicted under the Bribery Act was jailed for a total of nine years.
This week saw the publication of the first edition of Serious Economic Crime by White Page Ltd, in association with the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”).
Following the news that a former Business Unit Director of Innospec Ltd, David Turner, appeared before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, charged with conspiring to make corrupt payments to public officials in Indonesia and Iraq, the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) announced yesterday that two further Innospec executives have now been charged with associated corruption offences.
It was widely reported, yesterday, that the Serious Fraud Office have arrested and charged prominent Canadian investor Victor Dahdaleh with bribing officials of a Bahrainian state-owned smelting company.
Following on from my post about the first person to be charged under the U.K. Bribery Act, Munir Yakub Patel recently appeared before Southwark Crown Court to answer the charge that, in exchange for £500, he used his job as an administration clerk to avoid putting details of a traffic summons offence on a court database.
It was today reported by the Telegraph that, in the wake of the recent News International phone hacking scandal, a new policy has been implemented by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp as part of a fresh crackdown on "illegal activities".
At this week's Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime, the head of the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”), Richard Alderman, warned that companies believed to be paying bribes to obtain work overseas will be forced to hand over their tax records to the SFO.
A court clerk, who allegedly accepted £500 for fixing a motoring offence, has the dubious honour of becoming the first person to be charged under the U.K. Bribery Act.
Following on from my recent post about the pharmaceutical industry, and the methods used by drugs companies to ‘market’ their products, it is now generally accepted that the UK Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) is looking for some high-profile cases to demonstrate its commitment to the prosecution of both companies and individuals involved in acts of bribery and corruption.
Now that the fanfare is over, it has been suggested by several commentators, including Jonathan Russell in The Telegraph, that the Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) will need to take “a big scalp” before the Bribery Act becomes a real deterrent to companies carrying out corrupt activities.