In his recent article, posted to this site on 1st August 2019 we commented on the criticism that HMRC had received arising from the low level of criminal prosecutions that had been pursued.
Tim Thompson of Kangs Solicitors now comments upon press reports that four members of the multinational oil firm, Petrofac, have been named in a court document.
The Press Reports | Kangs Serious Fraud Office Defence Solicitors
It was reported that:
- the Serious Fraud Office has made ‘indirect’ allegations of suspected corruption and money laundering against four senior managers of Petrofac,
- the ‘indirect’ allegations were contained in a charging document filed in criminal proceedings against Mr David Lufkin, a former Petrofac executive, who has pleaded guilty to bribery earlier this year,
- the four senior managers were involved with Lufkin in alleged criminal activity.
The naming of persons in a court document does not constitute evidence against those named; no charges have been brought against the named four, and there is no report that any of them has been interviewed.
Official Comment | Kangs Bribery and Corruption Defence Solicitors
“This is materially prejudicial to the rights and reputation of our people and the company, and also denies them any opportunity to answer the allegations,”
The SFO said it could not comment as investigation continued.
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