First UK Bribery Act Case Results in Six Year Sentence

In the first case under the UK's Bribery Act, a sentence of as much as six years in prison was imposed against a court clerk, Munir Patel.  Munir Patel was sentenced to six years for 'misconduct in public office' and three years for violating the UK's Bribery Act.  Munir Patel pled guilty to engaging in improper conduct that allowed at least 50 alleged traffic offenders to avoid fines, points against their driving licenses or disqualification.  This first case under the UK Bribery Act was a bit of a surprise since it involved domestic bribery in the handling of traffic offenses by a court clerk and a prosecution by the Crown Prosecution Service.  But it is expected that UK Bribery Act will be employed by the UK's Serious Fraud Office in major international foreign bribery cases in a manner somewhat similar to the manner in which the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice employ the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  For more information about the FCPA and PriceSanond's anti-corruption practice, please click here.