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Former company director pleads guilty to £12 million bribery scheme unearthed by SFO

In a hearing conducted at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30 May, Carole Ann Hodson pleaded guilty to bribery in relation to a scheme orchestrated to secure £12 million worth of contracts for ALCA Fasteners Ltd, a company she owned at the time. The scheme, which operated...
Posted On 02 Jun 2019
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Security Minister launches all-new Serious and Organised Crime Strategy for Wales

A strategy designed to protect communities from the threat of serious and organised crime has been launched in Wales by the UK Government, in turn building upon successful collaboration between law enforcement, charities and the Welsh and UK Governments. Ben Wallace, the...
Posted On 09 May 2019
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Specialist Task Force formed by Government to tackle staff corruption in prisons estate

A dedicated specialist Task Force designed to tackle staff corruption in Britain’s jails has been announced by Justice Secretary David Gauke. The new Counter Corruption Unit will proactively pursue those suspected of corrupt activity in prison and probation services across...
Posted On 07 May 2019
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Tackling Economic Crime Awards launched to honour security and law enforcement professionals

Economic crime has a significant impact on the UK;s economy, with – according to the Office for National Statistics – an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences taking place in the year ending March 2018. Organised by the World Excellence Awards team who also run the...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019
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PKF Littlejohn appoints Robert Brooker as co-head of specialist Forensic and Fraud team

PKF Littlejohn has appointed Robert Brooker as co-head of the company’s Forensic and Fraud team. Brooker joins the firm after over ten years at Transport for London (TfL), where he was head of fraud.  At TfL, Brooker managed a team of investigators, prevention staff and...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019
Aziz Rahman
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Scaling Down The Rolls-Royce Investigation: A Sign of Panic at the SFO?

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has finally stopped investigating a number of former Rolls-Royce employees in connection with the bribery and corruption scandal that has been rumbling on for many years now. A shrewd decision based on available evidence? Or the frightened actions...
Posted On 10 Jan 2019
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Drum Cussac’s World Risk Map reveals most dangerous destinations for travellers in 2019

Drum Cussac, the global travel risk consultancy “responsible for 15 million lives on a daily basis”, has released its 2019 World Risk Map highlighting which countries pose the most risk to travellers. Countries have been ranked from least to most risky using 20...
Posted On 07 Nov 2018
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New joint principles published to compensate victims of economic crime overseas

The new agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) establishes a common framework to identify cases where compensation is appropriate and act swiftly in those cases to return funds to the affected...
Posted On 01 Jun 2018
Professor Mark Button
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University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies to host Economic and Industrial Espionage Conference

Economic and industrial espionage are significant issues for many organisations, with episodes causing billions of pounds of economic damage to countries around the world. Figures on the costs vary significantly, but it’s clear the losses are staggering and, in the US...
Posted On 02 May 2018
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“No improvement in corruption within businesses” reports EY’s Global Fraud Survey

The scale of bribery and corruption has shown no improvement globally since 2012, despite the unprecedented level of enforcement activity enacted and the introduction of new corporate criminal liability laws in that time. This is according to the 15th EY Global Fraud Survey,...
Posted On 27 Apr 2018