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First person convicted under the Bribery Act 2010.

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Mr Munir Yakub Patel was a clerk at Redbridge Magistrates' Court and accepted bribes from over fifty people in order to assist them avoid punishment over various driving offences, he received concurrent custodial sentences of six-years for misconduct in a public office and three-years for bribery. The investigation into Mr Patel was instigated by an undercover 'sting operation' from The Sun newspaper. This involved filming Mr Patel, who asked for money in receipt for promises to ensure that a speeding offence was not entered into the relevant court system. The sentencing judge, His Honour Judge McCreath, emphasised Mr Patel's 'substantial breach of trust' as well as the negative impact his actions would have on the public confidence and integrity of the justice system. He also criticised the fact that Mr Patel potentially facilitated dangerous drivers to continue driving with 'clean' licenses and further noted the economic impact his actions would have on insurers and their clients. The sentence that Mr Patel received for his offending not only demonstrates how seriously the Courts consider this type of offence, but it also highlights that the Bribery Act was not solely intended as a mechanism to prevent corporate crime. The Bribery Act 2010 came into effect on 1st July 2011 and created criminal offences relating to bribery, namely bribing another person or being bribed; bribing a foreign official; and failing to prevent bribery. The final offence of failing to prevent bribery relates to commercial organisations and makes bribery a corporate crime for the first time in the United Kingdom. For more information please complete our Enquiry Form call us on 01245 493939 or email mail@gepp.co.uk The above is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.