This video from Britain says about itself:
11 July 2013
From News Line daily in Britain:
Friday, 20 December 2013
G4S & Serco ‘criminal investigation!’
Earlier this month both were stripped of responsibility for tagging criminals in the UK.
It follows allegations that they charged the government for tagging people who were either dead or in jail.
Serco have now agreed to repay to the government £68.5m, unlike G4S who has not yet agreed a position on repayment.
The Howard league for Penal Reform said: ‘The G4S and Serco contracts fiasco must be the death-knell for government’s dangerous gamble with justice privatisation.’
He said the rival firm would continue to use Serco and G4S’s equipment.
In his latest statement, made yesterday, Grayling said that the conduct of G4S and Serco is ‘now subject to a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office’.
He added: ‘Serco agreed to a forensic audit of the electronic monitoring contract, conducted by PwC, including examination of email traffic relating to the contract. On the basis of this analysis, Serco has now agreed to repay £68.5m excluding VAT.
‘This figure reimburses the government for money owed on the electronic monitoring contract and for other costs.’
His statement continues: ‘On 28 August I announced that Serco’s contract for escorting prisoners to courts (the “PECS” contract) had been referred to the City of London Police.’
He adds: ‘While at this stage, my Department does not have evidence to confirm that dishonesty has taken place, we have today, following legal advice, referred both matters to the Serious Fraud Office in order to establish whether this is the case.’
He concludes: ‘In the light of these developments, both G4S and Serco have decided to withdraw from the MoJ competition for rehabilitation services.
‘This means that neither company will play a role as a lead provider of probation services in England and Wales in this competition.’
Responding to the Justice Secretary’s written ministerial statement regarding Ministry of Justice contracts, Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: ‘The withdrawal of G4S and Serco as prime contractors from the Transforming Rehabilitation programme is welcome news for the taxpayer, given these firms’ exceptionally concerning record running justice services.
‘Given the abject failure of the Ministry of Justice to look after taxpayers’ money when managing contracts, this must surely be the death-knell for the government’s dangerous gamble with justice privatisation.
‘The Coalition’s plan to sell off probation has succeeded only in destabilising the public probation service, which has served the public well for more than 100 years. We hope that at the eleventh hour, this excellent service can now be saved.’
See also here.
- G4S, Serco private prison fraud scandals (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- G4S and Serco to lose electronic tagging contracts (itv.com)
- G4S and Serco lose tagging contracts (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- G4S and Serco lose criminal tagging contracts to Capita (standard.co.uk)
- G4S and Serco stripped of offender tagging contracts over fraud claims (theguardian.com)
- Serco and G4S stripped of criminal electronic tagging contract after overcharging scandal (standard.co.uk)
- G4S and Serco to keep Scottish contracts (scotsman.com)
- Offender tagging: Serco to repay more than £68m in overcharging (theguardian.com)
- Serco to return £68.5m over tagging (bbc.co.uk)
- G4S and Serco under fire amid new fraud allegations – Morning Star Online (morningstaronline.co.uk)