SFO Seeks Info On Claims Rail Project Is Bilking Landowners

Law360, London (August 12, 2019, 7:45 PM BST) -- The Serious Fraud Office is looking into allegations that HS2 Ltd., the company responsible for England's controversial high-speed rail project, is swindling landowners by undervaluing properties, a community group said.

The SFO has asked Stop HS2, a group campaigning against the project, for more information about its allegations that HS2 Ltd. is taking over residential land for the project without providing adequate compensation to landowners. A spokesman for the SFO said Monday he could not confirm or deny this.

The fraud watchdog asked for any evidence of the government undervaluing land it plans to acquire for the project, Joe Rukin, a...

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