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F.H. Bertling Ltd

On 13 July 2016, F.H. Bertling Ltd and seven individuals were charged, by requisition, in connection with a Serious Fraud Office investigation. The SFO alleges that Peter Ferdinand, Marc Schweiger, Stephen Emler, Joerg Blumberg, Dirk Juergensen, Giuseppe Morreale, Ralf Petersen and F.H. Bertling Ltd conspired together and with others to make corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, to an agent of the Angolan state oil company, Sonangol, to allow F.H. Bertling Ltd. to conduct its freight forwarding business operations in Angola and/or to assist F.H. Bertling Ltd. to retain contracts, be paid for contracts and/or be awarded contracts for the supply of freight forwarding services in the country. The alleged activity occurred between January 2005 and December 2006.

F.H. Bertling Ltd and the above-named individuals were requisitioned to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 4 August 2016.

On 28 April and 3 May 2017, the SFO further charged Robert McNally, Georgina Ayres, Giuseppe Morreale, Stephen Emler, Peter Smith and F.H. Bertling Ltd with conspiracy to give or accept corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, for assisting F. H Bertling Ltd in being awarded or retaining contracts for the supply of freight forwarding services to a North Sea oil exploration project known as Jasmine.

In addition, Christopher Lane and Peter Smith have been charged with a separate count of conspiracy to give or accept corrupt payments, contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. The alleged activity occurred between January 2010 and May 2013.

McNally, Ayres, Morreale, Emler, Smith, Lane and F.H. Bertling Ltd are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 May 2017.

Page published on 22 Jul 2016 | Page modified on 4 May 2017