back to article Former tech CIO jailed for setting up £475k backhander scam with IT outsourcing firm

A pro-outsourcing CIO whose first act at a new employer was to set up a £475,000 backhander scheme has been jailed for six years. Brian Chant, 62, took the bribes after joining procurement services firm Achilles in 2011, Southwark Crown Court heard. One of the first things he did was recommend outsourcing of various IT …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Amateur

    What do you expect from only £0.5M IT deal that didn't involve a supplier that anybody when to school with

    You wait until you leave the company before getting a nicely renumerative directorship from the supplier.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Amateur

      Up-vote because you are correct. But seeing them pull that scheme on everything here in Sweden at this point just makes me tired. Here the pattern usually is not school chums, but ex-politicians in top roles for a company that then gets sold public assets at bargain basement prices, or are awarded contracts for outsourced services at silly levels. And generally the pol in question was part of deciding that selling everything off was a good idea. Schools, any public building (that is then rented back to the government), etc.

  2. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    DV?

    The article states that his LinkedIn profile claimed he had a DV (Developed Vetting) clearance. When I worked for BT* we were told that a security clearance was not to be stated on a person's public profile, especially 'DV' as it indicated access to SECRET or TOP SECRET information. (Although us CLAS consultants had to have at least SC, and were named on GCHQ-CESG's web site, it was a bit obvious for some.**)

    *OK, well, when I was employed by BT: https://yougov.co.uk/topics/lifestyle/articles-reports/2015/08/12/british-jobs-meaningless

    **Retired now, so all clearances have lapsed and frankly, I never knew anything that any spy would want to pay actual money for.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: DV?

      I had Positive Vetting (as it was called back in my day) I joined a company that did defence work and was asked if I had security clearance.

      The only permitted answer was "I can't say". But which I would only know to say if I did in fact have security clearance.

      We settled on them asking "would there be any difficulty in you obtaining security clearance?", to which I could legally and truthfully answer "no"

      1. AlanSh

        Re: DV?

        I had a high clearance when I was working in some nulcear industry. I was told quite emphatically that I was not allowed to go on holiday to anywhere east of Dubai as I would be in danger of being kidnapped for what I might know (which was nothing - I was only decommissioning stuff).

        That sort of implies that the Eastern blocs all knew who had DV clearance - which was in itself worrying. Either that or the powers that be in the UK were making their roles sound much grander than they were.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: DV?

          Even more bizarrely, I held my PV in the early 90s and wasn't allowed to go to the FORMER East Germany - just in case the whole fall of the Berlin Wall / collapse of the USSR was all just a trick to get hold of a Physics student.

          1. Peter D

            Re: DV?

            When I got my first PV the man who came to my house to do the first interview had a scar on his temple that looked like a bullet wound.

            1. Eclectic Man Silver badge
              Happy

              Re: DV?

              One of my friends told me about his DV interview. The chap asked about living arrangements, and he admitted to living with his (female) partner. "Are you married?" "No." Interviewer sighs "They're all doing that these days." Previously it would have been an immediate rejection, but times change.

              1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

                Re: DV?

                >Previously it would have been an immediate rejection, but times change

                The security services are allowing heterosexuals to join now ?

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: DV?

          Well sure you did! They could interrogate you, learn what you knew, then just do what you said in reverse order!

    2. Insert sadsack pun here Silver badge

      Re: DV?

      "When I worked for BT* we were told that a security clearance was not to be stated on a person's public profile..."

      This was still the official guidance 1.5 years ago.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: DV?

      Yes, that's still the case.

      You're not supposed to crow about what your clearance is or where you work. But everyone does it on LinkedIn, even though LinkedIn is a known habitat for Chinese spies.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: DV?

      Yup. I couldn't mention the clearance I had (now lapsed as I haven't been in those circles for a decade) but I used to say that if you were in the know, you'd know..

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: DV?

        We were told to say "work of a confidential nature in the national interest" as if that wouldn't be a red flag.

        Ironically I had a visiting Russian prof who was in the Soviet Academy of Science and his ID/unpronounceable internal Soviet passport had said something similar.

        Which back in the day was the same euphemism that the KGB used for their staff. Apparently it got you very good service on Aeroflot

  3. Neil Barnes Silver badge
    Holmes

    Same age as me...

    I wonder if he got to fifty and suddenly thought "damn, I forgot to organise a pension. What can I do to keep myself in the lifestyle to which I have become accustomed?"

  4. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Sympathy for the Devil

    "Just as every cop is a criminal

    And all the sinners saints"

    His little traffic wasn't big enough to avoid to been caught, and he hadn't enough connections. Many elected officials do this routinely and never get caught.

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      The difference is that they are elected officials and, as such, practically immune to judicial action unless they really, really push too far. And if they do really push too far, it takes a dozen years or so before anything actually starts catching up to them.

      This guy was s mall-timer without a lot of imagination. He's already in prison and they haven't finished stripping him of his gains.

      Brilliant retirement plan.

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      1. Tilda Rice

        Re: Sympathy for the Devil

        Calm down Guardian readers. This story isn't about lobbying. Just a criminal. Off you go to Twitter.

  5. lglethal Silver badge
    Go

    Just curious, what penalty are the Contracting Firm who paid him that £0.5M getting. Their directors are also heading for the slammer, right?

    1. Peter D

      Possibly but he was clearly at both ends of the deal in that he influenced the buying and profited from the selling. If the company was unaware (or could reasonably argue that they were) that he was actually the buying decision maker but simply an intermediary charging markup the directors could be spared pokey. It's the degree of separation from the buyer that ends up being an important factor when selling in a no questions asked world.

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