On 21st May 2015, three employees of Swift Technical Solutions Ltd ( who supply specialist manpower to the global oil and gas industry) were found not guilty at Southwark Crown Court of corruption offences in relation to the tax affairs of a Nigerian subsidiary. The corporate itself was not charged with any offence and co-operated with the SFO.
All charges were brought under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 as the period during which the offences were alleged to have occurred was between 1 January 2008 and 31 October 2009.
The prosecution case was that these defendants conspired to make corrupt payments to officials of two Nigerian Boards of Internal Revenue, one in Rivers State and the other in Lagos State. This was rejected by the jury.