UK opens Criminal Investigation into Unaoil

By John Lee.

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has announced that it is conducting a criminal investigation into Unaoil, the Monaco-based company that has been implicated in an international corruption scandal.

A statement from the SFO called for information relating to the allegations:

The SFO is conducting a criminal investigation into the activities of Unaoil, its officers, its employees and its agents in connection with suspected offences of bribery, corruption and money laundering.  

“We have been approached by a number of sources who may have information relevant to this investigation.  If you have any information please contact us through our secure and confidential reporting channel.”

According to The Guardian, Rolls-Royce, Petrofac and Halliburton are among the dozens of multinationals reported to have hired Unaoil, which acts as an agent to help companies secure business in unfamiliar overseas markets.

(Sources: The Guardian, SFO)

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