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SFO secures more convictions in F.H. Bertling corruption case

Jaclyn Jaeger | November 27, 2018

Stephen Emler and Giuseppe Morreale pleaded guilty for their part in a corrupt scheme to secure a ConocoPhillips freight forwarding contract, worth over £16m (U.S. $20.4 million), for logistics and freight operations company F.H. Bertling as part of the ‘Jasmine’ North Sea oil exploration project, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office announced.

Christopher Lane pleaded guilty to a separate bribery scheme involving overcharging. The jury convicted Colin Bagwell of the same offence.

Paying over £350,000 (U.S. $447,000) in bribes and facilitation payments, F.H. Bertling executives made these corrupt payments to ensure their bid for the ConocoPhillips ‘Jasmine’ shipping contract was successful and separately to obtain assurance that inflated prices it charged for additional services were waived through by ConocoPhillips staff.

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