Alstom facing further charges in SFO inquiry

Caitlin Morrison
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FRENCH engineering group Alstom is facing further corruption charges filed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of its ongoing investigation.

Both Alstom Network UK, a subsidiary of Alstom, and Michael John Anderson, a UK resident who was previously business development director for Alstom Transport in France, have been charged with two corruption offences and two offences of conspiracy to corrupt.

The allegations centre around the supply of trains to the Budapest Metro, and the offences are said to have taken place between January 2006 and October 2007.

The fraud office announced yesterday that the charges had been brought against the company and one of its employees in what it called “phase three” of its inquiry.

The case will begin at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 12 May.

The SFO began investigating the company in 2009 as a result of information it received from the Swiss Attorney General.

Last July, the watchdog charged Alstom and two former employees with corruption in India, Poland and Tunisia. That case is due to go to trial in May next year.