Former Tesco executives pressured staff ‘to cook books’ court told

Former Tesco executive Christopher Bush (centre) arrives with his legal team at Southwark Crown Court in London September 25, 2017. — Reuters picFormer Tesco executive Christopher Bush (centre) arrives with his legal team at Southwark Crown Court in London September 25, 2017. — Reuters picLONDON, Sept 29 — Three former Tesco executives abused their positions of trust to encourage the manipulation of profit figures, lied to auditors and misled the , prosecutors told a London court today.

The senior executives were “cooking the books” to secure huge compensation packages, and bullying subordinates into compliance, lead prosecutor Sasha Wass told London’s Southwark Crown Court.

Christopher Bush, who was managing director of Tesco UK, Carl Rogberg, who was UK finance director, and John Scouler, who was UK food commercial director, all deny charges of fraud and false accounting.

“The three defendants on trial are not the foot soldiers,” she said.



“The defendants in this case are the generals in a position of trust and had huge compensation packages to safeguard the financial health of Tesco.”

She said the three encouraged the manipulation of profit figures and “pressured others working under their control to conduct themselves in such a way that the stock market was ultimately misled”.

The case stems from a £250 million (RM1.4 billion) over-statement of a Tesco profit forecast in 2014, mainly due to booking commercial deals with suppliers too early.

Tesco suspended eight senior members of staff including Bush, Rogberg and Scouler as its shares tumbled and it was plunged into the worst crisis in its near 100-year history. — Reuters

Source: The Malay Mail Online





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