Firm pleads guilty to overseas corruption charges

9 July 2009

10 July 2009 | Jake Kanter

Engineering firm Mabey & Johnson (M&J) today became the first UK company prosecuted for corruption in respect to overseas contracts.

The company, which supplies steel bridging, pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court to charges of trying to influence buyers in Jamaica and Ghana to win public contracts between 1993 and 2001. In a statement Mabey & Johnson said it regretted the conduct and has taken steps to stamp out corruption through training. The case was brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) which was alerted to the matter following an internal M&J investigation. SFO director Richard Alderman said: "These are serious offences and it is significant that Mabey & Johnson has cooperated with us to get to this landmark point." The company said five of its directors have resigned since the investigation came to light in Spring 2008. The company could face a financial penalty when it returns to court for sentencing later this year. Mabey & Johnson managing director Peter Lloyd said: "We deeply regret the past conduct of our company, and we have committed to making a fresh start, wiping the slate clean of these offences." The firm also admitted to breaking UN sanctions when it bid for contracts in the Iraq oil for food programme between 2001 and 2002.

SMjul2009

LATEST
JOBS
Swindon, Wiltshire
upto £40K base (+ Paid overtime and corporate benefits)
Honda Manufacturing Ltd
Kew gardens, Richmond upon Thames, London (Greater)
£37,000 - £42,500 per annum pro rata, depending on skills and experience
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
SEARCH JOBS
CIPS Knowledge
Find out more with CIPS Knowledge:
  • best practice insights
  • guidance
  • tools and templates
GO TO CIPS KNOWLEDGE