How could it take the Serious Fraud Office 7 years to decide NOT to prosecute G4S for a £100m fraud against the tax payer?
Of course, the SFO is a byword for delay "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past". But even so...in this case, one of the most uncomplicated frauds one can imagine (2 contracts, one customer, one jurisdiction): 7 years? Longer than WW2?
There's a clue in the hearing a year ago on the agreement not to prosecute SERCO for a similar offence. "The SFO has argued that the public interest would not be served by [SERCO] being debarred from...any government procurement excercise...This would be the consequence....were there to be a conviction...." The SFO ie the MoJ had been desperately seeking ways to AVOID prosecution - because they need them as much as SERCO/G4S need Government.
Too big to fail = too big to prosecute. Beyond the law. Outsourcing has corrupted the British State.
I was formerly Finance Director of the Prison Service and then Director of the National Offender Management Service responsible for competition. I also worked in the NHS and an IT company. I later worked for two outsourcing companies.
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