FRAUD investigators have charged Alstom with corruption. The charges follow a four-year investigation into the French-owned firm, which has a major base in Stafford, by the Serious Fraud Office.
The SFO has charged Alstom Network UK, the giant power engineering firm’s transport business, with three counts of corruption and three counts of conspiracy to corrupt relating to “large transport projects” in Tunisia, Poland and India.
The first hearing in the case is due at Westminster magistrates court, London, on September 9.
The charges follow a long investigation, which was halted for a time when two former suspects challenged the SFO with a judicial review.
The SFO said its investigation into individual members of staff was continuing and officers interviewed former Alstom employees in Paris earlier this year.
Alstom said it was aware that the SFO had started proceedings against Alstom Network UK. A spokesman said Alstom was “in ongoing communications with the SFO about its investigation and will continue to work with the SFO to seek a fair and appropriate resolution.”