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Tesco PLC

The case was accepted by the Director of the SFO for investigation in October 2014 and charges were brought by the SFO on 9 September 2016.

Three former Tesco employees who held senior management roles in the Tesco UK business were charged over allegations of fraud. The alleged activity occurred between February and September 2014.

In a retrial of Christopher Bush and John Scouler, which began on 1 October 2018, His Honour Sir John Royce handed down a no case to answer judgment on 26 November 2018. The Court of Appeal on 5 December upheld the decision by the Judge that there was insufficient evidence for a jury to consider in respect of the individual defendants on trial and ordered an acquittal.

A third defendant, Carl Rogberg, was severed from the trial. The SFO is considering whether to pursue a retrial in light of the judgment.

Page published on 4 Nov 2014 | Page modified on 6 Dec 2018