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Serious Fraud Office

The Serious Fraud Office is an arm of the Government of the United Kingdom, accountable to the Attorney-General. It is responsible for investigation and prosecution of cases of serious fraud. It has jurisdication over England and Wales and Northern Ireland, but not Scotland.

It has been in existence since 1988, as a recommendation of the Roskill Report, which recommended that this specialist duty be taken away from normal police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service. The report came in the wake of several failed prosecutions.

The current Director is Robert Wardle, who was appointed on April 21, 2003.

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