Smith & Ouzman pair to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court

Smith & Ouzman
Smith & Ouzman

Two Smith & Ouzman employees will be sentenced tomorrow (Thursday, February 12) for their part in a Serious Fraud Office investigation into corrupt payments.

Christopher John Smith, 71, chairman of the company, and Nicholas Charles Smith, 43, sales and marketing director, are due to appear before Judge Higgins at Southwark Crown Court.

The pair were found guilty of making payments to public officials in Kenya and Mauritania for the award of contracts to the printing firm.

The Brampton Road company, which specialises in security documents such as ballot papers and certificates, was convicted of three counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments, contrary to section 1(1) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, at Southwark Crown Court.

Christopher Smith, from Ripe, was convicted of two counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments.

Nicholas Smith, 43, from Cavendish Avenue, was convicted of three counts of corruptly agreeing to make payments.

David Green CB QC, director of the SFO, said after the conviction, “This is the SFO’s first conviction of a corporate for offences involving bribery of foreign public officials.

“Such criminality, whether involving companies large or small severely damages the UK’s commercial reputation and feeds corrupt governance in the developing world. We are very grateful to the Kenyan authorities for their assistance in this case.”