Ex-CEO gets 16 months in prison for allowing corruption in contracts

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
2 August 2014

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3 August 2014 | Paul Snell

A former CEO has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for accepting payments of £2.9 million to allow corruption in contracts for the supply of goods and services to the company.

Bruce Hall, who was the CEO of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) between 2002 and 2005, took payments in exchange for allowing the corrupt arrangements that had begun before he was appointed as CEO to continue.

Hall pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to corrupt, and in addition to the prison sentence he will have to pay back more than £3.07 million or serve an additional 10 years, and pay Alba more than £500,000 and a £100,000 contribution to the costs of the prosecution.

"This was an extremely serious use of corruption… you breached the trust that was placed in you as the CEO of Alba,” said Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith.

"Corruption has been described as an insidious plague that has corrosive effects across communities … [But] there was a reluctance by you to accept that what was done by you was as corrupt as it so obviously was."

The judge said Hall’s could have faced six years in jail, but as he had co-operated the sentence was reduced. No pleas were entered on a further two charges, of corruption and acquiring and transferring criminal property, and they will not be proceeded with and will lie on file.

The investigation began in July 2009, and was carried out by the Serious Fraud Office, with the support of the City of London Police overseas anti-corruption unit.

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