The private company Serco was charged £19.2m over its electronic tagging facility for the Ministry of Justice. Reports allege, Nicholas Woods and Simon Marshall, two former officials at the private security company Serco have been charged over an alleged scandal related to the electronic tagging of criminals.
Nicholas Woods is the former finance director of Serco Home Affairs and Simon Marshall is a former operations director of field services within Serco. Sources suggest, they have been charged with fraud by false representation and false accounting in relation to representations made to the Ministry of justice between 2011 and 2013.
The investigation is active and they are unable to comment further at this point of time. Woods and Marshall were charged by postal requisition and will be seen in the court on a date which is yet to be fixed.
Solicitor Andrew Katzen is representing Nicholas Woods and says his client is really disappointed that the SFO has decided to charge him with the criminal offences dating back to his work at Serco about 10 years ago. The SFO has spent around six years looking into this matter and Nicholas Woods has fully co-operated during the entire investigation. Woods on the other hand has denied the claims and is looking forward to the chance of clearing his name.