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F.H. Bertling employees sentenced in corruption case

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 20, 2017

Three former senior employees of the F.H Bertling Group were today sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office announced.

The sentencings follow an SFO investigation into corrupt payments made to an agent of the Angolan state oil company, Sonangol, in relation to F.H Bertling’s freight-forwarding business in Angola and a contract worth approximately $20 million.

Joerg Blumberg, Dirk Juergensen, and Marc Schweiger were sentenced, fined, and disqualified as company directors following their convictions for conspiracy to make corrupt payments earlier this year. Schweiger was the manager responsible for the Africa market when the corrupt activity took place between July 2005 and December 2006. Blumberg worked as group CFO, while Juergensen was the managing director of the U.K. subsidiary F.H. Bertling.

Each were each given a 20-month sentence,...

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