SFO probe to unveil first case under changed plans
SFO investigators expect to unveil their first fraud cases under its contentious plan to team up with business
The first cases in the Serious Fraud Office’s ‘partnerships’ with the City
will be unveiled soon, according to watchdog director Richard Alderman.
Alderman, an SFO outsider brought in earlier this year – told the
Financial Times the new approach of working more closely with big
business and other watchdogs would help resolve problems which had long hampered
the fight against corporate fraud and bribery.
Alderman said the SFO would continue to bring cases to court but would also
do US-style deals under which businesses would be offered leniency in exchange
‘There has been some comment in the press … that we are not interested in
taking on big cases. Well, we are – but we are interested in doing them in a
different way in the future,’ he said.