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Entries in Serious Fraud Office (239)

Wednesday
Aug052015

After first Libor trial, UK jails convicted trader 14 years

The first defendant to go on trial in the UK as part of the Serious Fraud Office's criminal investigation into the manipulation of Libor was convicted and sentenced Monday at Southwark Crown Court.

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Monday
Aug032015

SFO launches probe of Soma Oil and Gas

Somali Minister of National Resources Abdirizak Omar Mohamed and Lord Howard of Lympne, chairman of SOMA, on August 6, 2013 (Image courtesy of Soma)The UK Serious Fraud Office confirmed Friday that it has opened a criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd and allegations of corruption in Somalia.

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Monday
Jul272015

SFO wins forfeiture for DOJ in Griffiths Energy case

The UK High Court upheld a forfeiture order sought by the Serious Fraud Office at the request of U.S. authorities against $6.8 million linked to the sale of shares in a Canadian energy company.

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Thursday
Jul162015

SFO scorecard: 78% conviction rate, 16 new investigations, 30 defendants await trial

The UK Serious Fraud Office filed its annual report for the year ended March 31, 2015 with the government Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Jun022015

SFO loss: UK defendants acquitted for Nigeria payments

Image courtesy of Google MapsThree employees of Swift Technical Solutions Ltd were found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London of corruption offenses related to the tax affairs of a Nigerian subsidiary, the SFO said Tuesday.

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Monday
Jun012015

SFO: DPAs are a chance to live your corporate values

Ben Morgan, joint head of bribery and corruption at the UK Serious Fraud Office, spoke at this year's Global Anti-Corruption and Compliance in Mining Conference in London. He talked about the benefits of cooperation (sound familiar?).

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Monday
May112015

British procurement engineer jailed for taking foreign-project bribes

A British man was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to take bribes in connection with purchasing decisions for energy and infrastructure projects in Egypt, Russia, and Singapore.

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Monday
Apr272015

Second FCPA-related subpoena for United Technologies

Image courtesy of United Technologies CorporationUnited Technologies Corporation said Friday it received a second subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission that seeks information about potential payments by an agent in China that might have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Monday
Mar302015

SFO fined £180,000 for disclosing confidential BAE witness data

The UK data privacy watchdog fined the Serious Fraud Office £180,000 ($266,000) Monday for mistakenly disclosing evidence in the BAE investigation about 64 confidential witnesses in the case.

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Wednesday
Feb252015

SFO: ‘Some things just don't add up’

Image courtesy of the SFOThe FCPA Blog is a fanboy of the UK Serious Fraud Office. Partly because we enjoy the way the SFO talks. An example is the guidance it posted about where to find graft and how to recognize it.

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Friday
Feb132015

UK court sentences father and son from printing company for Africa bribes

The chairman of a UK-based printing company and his son, the sales and marketing director, were sentenced Thursday for bribing public officials to win contracts in Kenya and Mauritania.

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Wednesday
Feb112015

Heads up: The UK Government has an anti-corruption plan

Image courtesy of HM GovernmentOn December 18, 2014 the UK Government issued its long awaited “UK Anti-Corruption Plan.” The plan sets out over sixty action points for the Government and its partners, organized around four key themes of “Pursue,” “Prevent,” “Protect” and “Prepare." 

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