The U.K. Serious Fraud Office recently announced that it has brought fresh charges against Alstom Network U.K. and an Alstom employee in phase three of its ongoing investigation.
The SFO launched its investigation as a result of information provided to it by the Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland concerning the Alstom Group, in particular Alstom Network U.K., fformerly called Alstom International, a U.K. subsidiary of Alstom.
Alstom Network UK, a manufacturer in the rail, power, and electricity transmission sectors, has been charged with a further two offenses of corruption in violation of Section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, as well as two offenses of conspiracy to corrupt in violation of Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act. Michael John Anderson, who was working as a business development director for Alstom Transport SA in France, has been charged with the same offenses. The alleged offenses took place between 2006 and 2007 and concern the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro.
The first hearing in this case will take place at Westminster Magistrates' Court on May 12.
Last year, the SFO charged Alstom Network U.K. and British nationals, Graham Hill and Robert Hallett,with corruption in India, Poland, and Tunisia. That matter awaits trial in May 2016.