All Serious Fraud Office articles – Page 3

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    Petrofac makes governance changes amid SFO probe


    The board of directors of oilfield services provider, Petrofac, recently announced a number of significant governance changes, amid a bribery and corruption investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

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    SFO investigates Petrofac over Unaoil


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office confirmed that it is investigating the activities of oilfield services provider Petrofac, its subsidiaries, and their officers, employees and agents for suspected bribery, corruption and money laundering.

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    U.K. probes KPMG for Rolls-Royce audits


    The United Kingdom’s independent accounting regulator said it has commenced an investigation into the conduct of KPMG for audits it performed on Rolls-Royce.

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    Rolls-Royce responds to $800M global resolution in FCPA case


    British engineering company Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay the United States nearly $170 million as part of an $800 million global resolution with U.S., U.K., and Brazilian authorities into a long-running bribery scheme. Jaclyn Jaeger reports.

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    SFO investigates Airbus for fraud, bribery, and corruption


    Five years after the Bribery Act, the Serious Fraud Office has yet to produce a major conviction. Will Airbus—the latest aerospace company under investigation—be its first big collar? Neil Hodge reports.

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    SFO brings charges in Tesco accounting scandal


    Tom Fox examines the Serious Fraud Office’s recent indictments against three individuals from the October 2014 Tesco scandal in which the British grocery chain overstated earnings by fraudulently accounting certain revenues received back from suppliers.

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    RICS fines Sweett Group £125,000 in bribery case


    Following the outcome of a disciplinary panel, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) this month found that Sweett Group “did not at all times act with integrity” concerning a bribery case relating to its Middle East operations. Jaclyn Jaeger reports.

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    New blood at the Serious Fraud Office


    A report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has attacked the Serious Fraud Office for being a largely white, all-male board. Paul Hodgson examines the merits of the report and the SFO’s response.

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    SFO general counsel Alun Milford offers details on inner workings of SFO


    Image: During remarks at the European Compliance and Ethics Institute conference in Prague, Alun Milford, general counsel for the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, provided some rare insight into the inner workings of the SFO. He also provided some hints on cases that are on the horizon, including “a LIBOR-fixing trial ...

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    SFO brings more charges in Alstom case


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has brought further charges as part of its ongoing investigation of Alstom Network U.K., a U.K. subsidiary of French engineering company Alstom, this time against Alstom’s country president for the United Kingdom and managing director of Alstom Transport U.K. and Ireland. He is the seventh ...

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    Sweett Group to pay £2.25 million for Bribery Act violations


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office last month sentenced and ordered the Sweett Group to pay £2.25 million ($3.21 million) to resolve an SFO investigation into the company’s activities in the United Arab Emirates. The conviction and punishment represents the first under Section 7 of the Bribery Act and offers many ...

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    U.K. SFO Drops Olympus Probe: Misleading Auditors Not a Crime


    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has dropped a two-year case against Japanese endoscope maker Olympus Corp., in the wake of a London court ruling that doctoring reports to auditors is not a criminal offence under English law. The move is a setback for SFO Director David Green, who has been ...

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    SFO Speeds Up Tesco’s Accounting Probe


    The Serious Fraud Office has accelerated its probe into the accounting irregularities at Tesco, hoping to resolve the criminal investigation by year-end. The supermarket chain’s former chief executive Philip Clarke is one of many former Tesco executives being scrutinized by the agency in its investigation; Laurie McIlwee, former finance ...

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    Report: U.K. Regulator’s Victory in the Libor Scandal


    Image: Tom Hayes, once a “star trader” at UBS and Citigroup and the first to stand trial in the Libor scandal, has been charged with eight counts of conspiracy to manipulate Libor and will serve 14 years in prison. This case serves as a major turning point for the U.K. ...

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    SFO in Talks With Barclays to End Long-Running Criminal Probe


    The Serious Fraud Office has extended a deferred-prosecution agreement to Barclays to end an investigation into the bank’s alleged role in the £2 billion Qatari 2008 fundraising and other practices that helped the bank weather the financial crisis. British regulators recently gained the power to issue DPAs, and the SFO ...

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    Anti-Corruption Groups Challenge the SFO on DPAs


    Image: Title: GreenA number of well-known anti-corruption activists, such as Transparency International and Corruption Watch, are urging David Green, director of Britain’s Serious Fraud Office, to rethink replacing criminal charges with deferred prosecution agreements. The group warns that if DPAs are offered, that will allow banks and other companies to ...