Bridgework supplier Mabey & Johnson, part of the Mabey Group which includes Fairfield Mabey, today appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, charged with corruption offences and breaking UN sanctions.
The company has indicated it will please guilty to the offences, which relate to evidence that the company: “sought to influence decisionmakers in public contracts in Jamaica and Ghana between 1993 and 2001,” according to a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) statement.
Mabey & Johnson had approached the SFO about the suspected corruption in 2008 following the intervention of a whistleblower, and an investigation was opened.
The company is also being prosecuted for breaching UN sanctions during 2001/02, as they applied to contracts in the Iraq ‘Oil-for-food’ programme, and arises from an investigation that began in January 2007. The company is said to have paid a $200,000 bribe to the regime of Saddam Hussein in order to win a $3.2M bridge job.
The case is the first to have involved a plea-bargain, as used in US cases. 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.
“This has enabled this case to be dealt with in just over a year and is a model for other companies who want to self report corruption and have it dealt with quickly and fairly by the SFO.”
The company will now face a preliminary hearing at Southwark Crown Court on July 17 where it will be sentenced and fines imposed..
“The company have now agreed that it will be subject to financial penalties to be assessed by the Court, will pay reparations and will submit its internal compliance programme to an SFO approved independent monitor,” continues the SFO statement.