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U.K. Fraud Office Loses Corruption Case, Owes £6M Legal Bill

Roberta Holland | February 18, 2015

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office has been ordered to pay a £6 million legal bill in connection with a failed attempt to prosecute six individuals for an allegedly fraudulent mining scheme related to Celtic Energy, according to media reports.

Mr. Justice Hickinbottom threw out the case, calling the SFO’s prosecution attempt “improper and unreasonable,” according to an article in The Telegraph.

The SFO had accused two former directors of Welsh mining concern Celtic Energy, Richard Walters and Leighton Humphreys, and four others of attempting to defraud the Coal Authority, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, and Powys councils by transferring leases for four opencast mining sites in Wales to a firm in the British Virgin Islands. The SFO said this was an attempt by Celtic Energy to avoid requirements to restore its mining sites after the coal...

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