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SFO charges second individual in relation to Global Forestry Investments investigation

31 Gorffennaf, 2019 | Eitemau newyddion

The Serious Fraud Office has charged a second individual in relation to its investigation into Global Forestry Investments.

Omari Bowers, a former director of Global Forestry Investments, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery, and misconduct in the course of winding up. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 2 August 2019.

The charges relate to alleged frauds concerning Global Forestry Investments between August 2010 and December 2015.

This follows the announcement on 9 July 2019 that Andrew Skeene, also a former director of Global Forestry Investments, has been charged with the same offences.

The investigation is ongoing and we cannot provide further comment at this time.

Notes to editors:

  1. The SFO opened its investigation into Global Forestry Investments in June 2014.
  2. Omari Bowers was charged by postal requisition with three offences of conspiracy to defraud contrary to common law, four offences of forgery, one offence of misconduct in the course of winding up contrary to s.208(1)(d) of the Insolvency Act 1986, and one offence of making a false statement not under oath contrary to s.5(c) of the Perjury Act 1911.
  3. Andrew Skeene was charged on Saturday 29th June 2019 with the same offences, having been arrested that day at Heathrow Airport.
  4. The strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 applies.