Two ex-Serco directors accused of fraud and false accounting over tagging contract

Two former directors of Serco have been charged with fraud and false accounting over an electronic tagging contract.

Nicholas Woods, ex-finance director of Serco Home Affairs, and Simon Marshall, former operations director of field services within Serco, are jointly charged with one count of fraud by false representation and one count of false accounting over representations made to the Ministry of Justice between 2011 and 2013.

Marshall is accused of another two counts of fraud by false representation, and Woods of one count of false accounting in relation to the 2011 statutory accounts of Serco Geografix Ltd.

They were charged by postal requisition and will appear in court on a date to be fixed.

Solicitor Andrew Katzen, of Hickman and Rose, who is representing Woods, said: “Mr Woods is very disappointed that the SFO (Serious Fraud Office) has decided to charge him with criminal offences dating back to his work at Serco about 10 years ago.

“The SFO has spent six years investigating this matter and Mr Woods fully co-operated throughout.

“He denies the allegations and looks forward to the opportunity of clearing his name.”

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