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F.H. Bertling Ltd (Angola operations)

On Friday 11 January 2019 Stephen Emler and Giuseppe Morreale were given the following sentences:

  • Stephen Emler was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment to be suspended for 2 years and fined £15,000 in relation to the SFO’s Angola investigation. He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment to be suspended for 2 years and to be served concurrently in relation to the Jasmine charge.
  • Giuseppe Morreale was sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment to be suspended for 2 years and fined £20,000 in relation to the SFO’s Angola investigation. He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment to be suspended for 2 years and to be served concurrently in relation to the Jasmine charge.

This follows an SFO investigation into corrupt payments made to an agent of the Angolan state oil company, Sonangol, in relation to F.H Bertling’s freight forwarding business in Angola and a contract worth approximately $20 million.

On 19 October 2017, Joerg Blumberg, Dirk Juergensen and Marc Schweiger were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, fined and disqualified as company directors following their convictions for conspiracy to make corrupt payments earlier this year.

Each was given a 20 month sentence, suspended for 2 years, a £20,000 fine, payable within 3 months with a default sentence of 1 year for non-payment and were disqualified from being company directors for 5 years.

Marc Schweiger, a German national living in Uganda, was the manager responsible for the Africa market when corrupt activity took place between July 2005 and December 2006.

Joerg Blumberg worked as Group CFO while Dirk Juergensen was the Managing Director of the UK subsidiary F.H. Bertling Ltd. Both are German nationals living in Germany.

F.H. Bertling Ltd, Giuseppe Morreale and Stephen Emler pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal law Act 1977 and section (1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 on 1 September 2016.

Ralf Petersen also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make corrupt payments but is now deceased.

Peter Ferdinand was acquitted by jury at Southwark Crown Court on 21 September 2017.

The activity took place between January 2004 and December 2006.

Tudalen wedi ei chyhoeddi ar 26 Medi 2017 | Tudalen wedi ei haddasu ar 14 Ion 2019