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2020-130 – Companies and individuals

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Date Answered: 15 Hydref 2020

I am requesting, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information on the number of prosecutions pursued by the Serious Fraud Office for the period January 2010 to September 2020 of (separately):

(a)   companies; and

(b)   individuals.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) have prosecuted 11 companies* and 185 individuals from January 2010 to September 2020.

Please note that our data for the period 2010-2012 has been collected from legacy systems and records and is now held on our central records system. This data has not been collated for any official statistics purposes and has not been subject to quality assurance and as such the SFO cannot guarantee its accuracy.

If possible, please could you also set out the number of prosecutions of (separately) (a) companies and (b) individuals for each different offence?

Offence Charged **

Individual Count

Organisation Count

Aider and abettor to section 3 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

1

 

Aiding and abetting Misconduct in Public Office, Common Law

1

 

Attempting to pervert the course of public justice contrary to Common Law

1

 

BRIBERY, contrary to section 1(1) and (2) of the Bribery Act 2010

4

 

Conceal / destroy of a document relevant to a serious fraud investigation, contrary to S.2(16) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987

1

 

Concealing criminal property and entering or becoming concerned in an arrangement both contrary to the proceeds of crime act 2002.

1

 

Conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation contrary to s.2 of the Fraud Act 2006

6

 

CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD BY FALSE REPRESENTATION, contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977

12

 

CONSPIRACY to contravene section 1(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 contrary to Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977

3

2

Conspiracy to Corrupt -S1 Prevention of Corruption Act 1906

33

6

Conspiracy to defraud – Common law

44

 

Conspiracy to defraud Fraudulent Trading, Companies Act 1985 S23 Financial Services & Markets Act 2000

4

 

Conspiracy to give corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977

5

 

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)

21

 

Contrary to the Fraud Act 2006

10

 

Corruption with agents, contrary to Section 1(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906

3

 

Entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement contrary to section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

3

 

Failing to comply with Section 2 Notice.   S.2(13) of the Criminal Justice Act 1987

1

 

Fraud (abuse of position), contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006

4

 

FRAUD BY FALSE REPRESENTATION, contrary to Section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006

5

 

Fraud by the making of false representations, dishonestly and intending to make gains for yourselves and or others, or to expose others to the risk of loss contrary to s. 2 Fraud Act 2006

5

 

Fraudulent trading contrary to section 458 Companies Act 1985

1

 

Fraudulent trading, contrary to Section 993(1) of the Companies Act 2006

7

 

Money laundering contrary to section 327 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

2

 

Money laundering, contrary to section 329(1) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

2

 

Obtaining a money transfer by deception, contrary to s15A(1) Theft Act 1968

3

 

Section 17(1)(b) of the Theft Act 1968

1

 

Section 397(1)(b) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

1

 

Making a false or misleading statement to an auditor contrary to s.501 of Companies Act 2006

 

2

Section 7(1) of the Bribery Act 2010

 

1

*Some organisations have been charged on more than one occasion. We have counted these as separate prosecutions.

** Individuals or companies can be charged on multiple counts across a number of pieces of legislation. This breakdown has been categorised on the basis of the lead offence charged.