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Mabey & Johnson prosecuted for corruption

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.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Yes the truth has finally come back. This company operated with impunity when they were building a bridged over the Oti River in my village called Damanko in the Volta region in Ghana. They dug and collected gravel and rocks from farmland for their contract and refused to pay any compensation/royalty to the villagers who were farming there. They left very deep holes in the village which collected water and became the breeding the for mosquitoes in the rainy season. They ran their tipper trucks through our dusty road that through the village. These trucks killed our animals that roamed freely in the village and still no body paid any compensation to the owners. Cattle fell into the ditches that were dug on the farmlands, broke their legs and died. They whole village was like a construction site filled with dust from over eight tipper trucks that ran through the village carrying gravel to the river side. The students union in town at the time complained to the chief and errected their own speed rumps but they were too small for mabey-and-johnson's earth moving trucks.We then pleaded with them to water the roads to reduce dust but they refused. several complaints to the district assembly did not yield any results. The Politicians can not just be boarded. The Forman of the Damanko project took money from a near by village called Pibila to build a raod from Damanko to the village. He then collected gravel and rocks and heap them on the road and few days latter he disappeared. The villagers lost their money. If this story is true and Mabey and Johnson admits to corrupting our politicians, it will all make a lot of sense to me. Markfolie@yahoo.co.uk

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