Fraud Office charges Sweett

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office has charged infrastructure consultancy Sweett Group in relation to alleged acts of bribery.

Sweett has been charged with failing to prevent the bribing of Khaled Al Badie “by an associated person, namely Cyril Sweett International Limited, their servants and agents, which said bribing was intended to obtain or retain business, and/or an advantage in the conduct of business, for Sweett Group”.

The charge relates to the allegations first made against the firm’s Middle East activities by the Wall Street Journal in June 2013.

Earlier this month, Sweett revealed it had admitted the offence and had been expecting the charge to be laid shortly. The firm also said it expects the likely outcome of the charge to be a fine.