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UK: Sainsbury's boss takes bribes from potato company

A UK court has heard this week how a corrupt Sainsbury's manager took £4.9million in bribes from a potato firm looking to get a lucrative contract from the chain.

John Maylam allegedly ran up a £200,000 bill at Claridge’s hotel in London and enjoyed a £350,000 trip to Monaco with the cash given to him over two years by Greenvale AP.

The bribes were handed to Maylam by the company's account manager, David Baxter.

Greenvale secured a £40million contract and opened an account called "The Fund" into which they paid £8.7million of ­Sainsbury’s money, giving £4.9million to Maylam, 44, and his associates and keeping the rest for themselves.

Prosecutor Paul Ozin told the court: "What this case concerns is corruption on a massive scale through the payments of gifts and hospitality.

"As a result of the corruption, Greenvale gained the benefit of keeping Sainsbury’s valuable business and ­overcharging Sainsbury’s for potatoes.

"Mr Maylam was corrupted with wholly excessive gifts and hospitality to show favour to Greenvale and work against the interests of his own employers.

"The hospitality ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds. They ­reimbursed Mr Maylam’s own extravagant expenses after he entertained himself at luxury restaurants and hotels, paying his bills at London hotels, including Claridge’s, which came to £200,000.

"There were further payments for luxury ­holidays abroad and very, very lavish corporate entertainment."

Maylam admitted corruption at Croydon Crown Court. Baxter pleaded guilty to making the payments.

Sentencing is being delayed until after the trial of Greenvale finance director, Andrew Behagg, who denies corruption.


Publication date: 5/3/2012


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