Multi-million-pound conspiracy to defraud investigation closed without charges

12 February, 2019

R v B & Others

Richardson Lissack was instructed by a corporate client in relation to a pre-charge investigation. The client, who was a Director of a multinational company, is alleged, together with other persons engaged as Costs Advisers and Project Managers by the NHS Health Board, to have falsified financial records which were produced to the Health Board, NHS Facility Services, the Government and the NHS Specialist Services Unit.

It was further alleged that this was done in order to show that costs incurred in the redevelopment project of a hospital aligned with budget figures in the region of £89.9m which were identified in Outline and Formal Business Cases and to show that the project was not subject to financial risk when this was not the case.  The offences being investigated were fraud, fraud by abuse of position, false accounting, forgery, using a false instrument, misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office and bribery.

No further action was taken against our client following strategic advice and the submission of documentary evidence which assisted in the avoidance of charge.