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SFO case manager Ronan Duff said, "This was an audacious, persistent fraud that enabled these defendants, Mr Kallakis in particular, to lead the lifestyle of the super-rich. The SFO have been equally persistent in investigating this elaborate scam and in ensuring that justice has been delivered".
The former energy secretary Chris Huhne has quit politics and is facing a possible jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by asking his ex-wife to take speeding points for him.
An end to Britain's 'holiday camp' jails, with a ban on Sky TV, fewer televisions, more prison uniforms, less pocket money for inmates and a ban on gay couples sharing cells is planned by the Government.
Ministry of Justice staff lack confidence in the organisation’s leadership and ability to manage change, the civil service’s annual people survey has revealed. The results show that 28% of staff had confidence in senior management and 32% said the department is managed well.
The government failed to make any significant impression on the £600m of outstanding debt from court fines during the latest financial year. Helen Grant, justice minister, told parliament this month that outstanding impositions stood at £1.8bn at the end of April 2012.
A précis of some key events from 2012.
The prevalence of 'whistleblowing' in the UK demonstrates the importance of firms being open with regulators about concerns they have about their involvement in bribery.
More than 90,000 burglars, muggers and other serious criminals with ten or more convictions escaped with a slap on the wrist when they committed another offence last year. Incredibly, the number of serial law-breakers who avoided a jail sentence in this way is greater than the 83,000 inmates currently behind bars.
The number of companies voluntarily admitting wrongdoing to the Serious Fraud Office has nearly doubled in the past fiscal year, suggesting that anti-bribery legislation is proving a deterrent.
Consistently high re-offending rates have led to the radical overhaul with almost half of all prison-leavers reoffending within 12 months – for those serving less than a year that figure rises to almost 58 per cent. Half a million crimes are committed by convicted crooks each year.
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