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SFO charges former Serco directors with fraud

Wednesday 18th December, 2019

The Serious Fraud Office has charged two former Serco employees with fraud and false accounting in relation to Serco’s electronic monitoring contract with the Ministry of Justice.

Nicholas Woods, Finance Director of Home Affairs and Simon Marshall, Operations Director of Field Services, have been charged with fraud by false representation and false accounting in relation to representations made to the Ministry of Justice between 2011 and 2013.

Nicholas Woods is additionally charged with false accounting in relation to the 2011 statutory accounts of Serco Geografix Ltd.

After an investigation by the SFO, Mr Justice William Davis approved a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with Serco Group subsidiary Serco Geografix Ltd.

Under the terms of the DPA in July this year, SGL was fined £19.2 million over its electronic monitoring contract with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

It followed claims that Serco had charged the Government for electronically monitoring offenders who were allegedly either dead, in jail or had left the country.