Automotive sector: criminal cartel investigation

Office of Fair Trading (OFT) closed criminal cartel case.

Case reference: CE/9229-09

Update: 4 October 2011

In February 2010 the OFT commenced a criminal investigation under the Enterprise Act 2002 into alleged cartel conduct involving suppliers to the automotive sector. Following a thorough investigation it has been decided to close the case, and that no individual should be charged with any offence.

Summary of work

The OFT conducted a criminal investigation into suspected cartel activity in the automotive sector. The investigation was carried out under the Enterprise Act 2002 which makes it a criminal offence for individuals dishonestly to engage in certain cartel conduct.

The OFT’s investigation was coordinated with investigations by a number of other competition authorities.

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