G4S in second Serious Fraud Office probe

Oliver Smith
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CONTRACTOR G4S will be referred to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for a second time after a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) audit found problems with two further contracts for facilities management in British courts.

The issues surround the invoicing, delivery and performance of these contracts and G4S has been asked to implement a corporate renewal plan.

“While at this stage the department does not have evidence to confirm that dishonesty has taken place, they have today following legal advice referred both matters to the Serious Fraud Office in order to establish whether this is the case,” the government said.

This is the second time G4S has been referred to the SFO following the investigation into the overbilling of the electronic tagging of prisoners who were dead, in jail or overseas.

“We take the MoJ’s concerns very seriously and the company has recently strengthened the service management team on the court FM contracts and continues to work closely with the MoJ to ensure that G4S delivers a facilities management service to the courts that reflects the high standards of performance which G4S expects to provide to all customers,” said G4S.