Supply of precast concrete drainage products: criminal investigation
The CMA investigated suspected cartel activity in the supply of products to the construction industry.
Case reference: CE/9705/12
Update 13 June 2017
Following a thorough investigation, the CMA has determined that there is insufficient evidence to charge any further individuals with the criminal cartel offence under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002. This decision was reached after applying the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The criminal proceedings in relation to Barry Kenneth Cooper remain ongoing and it is inappropriate to comment further at this time.
The CMA’s related civil investigation into whether businesses have infringed the Competition Act 1998 remains ongoing. No assumption should be made at this stage as to whether the Competition Act has been infringed.
Update 21 March 2016
At a Pre-Trial Preparatory Hearing on 21 March 2016, at Southwark Crown Court, Barry Kenneth Cooper pleaded guilty to one count under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the criminal cartel offence.
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7 March 2016: This has been updated having regard to reporting restrictions under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
On 7 March 2016, the CMA confirmed that it had commenced criminal proceedings against one individual under section 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002, the criminal cartel offence, following an investigation into suspected cartel conduct in respect of the supply of precast concrete drainage products.
No assumption should be made at this stage that any criminal offences have been committed.
- Press release: Man charged in CMA criminal cartel investigation (7.3.16)
The CMA is conducting a related civil investigation into whether businesses have infringed the Competition Act 1998. No assumption should be made at this stage that the Competition Act has been infringed.
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Published: 7 March 2016
Updated: 13 June 2017
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