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Analysis

'Weak' Fraud Trial Raises Questions About SFO's Approach

Law360, London (December 8, 2018, 1:26 AM GMT) -- The collapse of the trial of two former Tesco directors accused of fraud and false accounting by the Serious Fraud Office is the latest blow for the white collar crime agency and calls into question its dual strategy of pursuing deferred prosecution agreements with companies and criminal prosecutions of individuals, attorneys say.

Judge John Royce on Thursday instructed jurors to acquit Chris Bush, the former U.K. managing director at Tesco, and John Scouler, who was Tesco’s U.K. food commercial director, of charges of fraud and false accounting brought by the SFO.

The agency had accused the pair of masterminding a fraud...

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