First company to be prosecuted for corruption sentenced

A UK printing company has been fined £1,316,799 for corruption and ordered to pay £881,158 confiscation, as well as £25,000 prosecution costs. The conviction follows a Serious Fraud Office investigation into corrupt payments made in return for the award of contracts to the company. The company was convicted under the old legislation as the offences pre-dated the Bribery Act 2010.

Two directors were also convicted and sentenced. The first was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for two counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments. The second was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for three counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments. Both men were disqualified from acting as company directors for six years.