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9 convicted in £16m and $21m FH Bertling bribery cases

Staff Writer | November 29, 2018
Stephen Emler and Giuseppe Morreale pleaded guilty for their part in a corrupt scheme to secure a ConocoPhillips freight forwarding contract, eventually worth over £16m, for FH Bertling as part of the ‘Jasmine’ North Sea oil exploration project, it can now be reported.
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Christopher Lane pleaded guilty to a separate bribery scheme involving overcharging. Colin Bagwell was convicted by the jury of the same offence.

Paying over £350,000 in bribes and facilitation payments, FH Bertling executives made these corrupt payments to ensure their bid for the ConocoPhillips ‘Jasmine’ shipping contract was successful and separately to obtain assurance that inflated prices it charged for additional services were waved through by ConocoPhillips staff.

These convictions add to the seven already secured by the SFO against former FH Bertling Group senior executives and the company, including Stephen Emler and Giuseppe Morreale, for a separate Angola bribery scheme.

In related proceedings, Georgina Ayres, Robert McNally and Peter Smith were acquitted of charges relating to the ‘Jasmine’ case on 27th November 2018. Colin Bagwell was found guilty of conspiring with Christopher Lane in the overcharging scheme.

The criminal investigation into corruption at FH Bertling began in September 2014, with the first charges announced in July 2016. In total, 13 individuals were charged as part of the SFO’s case, with 9 convicted of one or more charges and 4 individuals acquitted.