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Further charge against individual in SFO’s Unaoil investigation

21 December, 2018 | Case Updates

The Serious Fraud Office has further charged Stephen Whiteley with conspiracy to make corrupt payments in relation to the SFO’s Unaoil investigation.

The SFO alleges Mr Whiteley assisted Unaoil Limited to be engaged as a subcontractor for an oil pipeline project in Iraq.  The alleged conduct took place between March 2009 and May 2010.

Stephen Whiteley has been charged with one offence of conspiracy to make corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.

Stephen Whiteley was charged by requisition and will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 10am on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.

Notes to editors:

  1. The SFO opened its investigation into Unaoil in March 2016.
  2. Mr Whiteley was previously charged with one count of the same offence for alleged corrupt payments to secure the award of contracts in Iraq to Unaoil’s client SBM Offshore. He faces two counts altogether.
  3. Details of other individuals charged in relation to this investigation can be found here.
  4. The strict liability rule in the Contempt of Court Act 1981 applies.

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