For the record…

SFO fraud case
An article headed ‘Millions wasted as SFO witness in money laundering case is rejected’ (16 February) reported on the collapse of the money laundering trial of Dariusz Maruszak and others. The Serious Fraud Squad has asked us to point out that while in that trial it was found that there was no case to answer, convictions of two defendants for the underlying fraud had already been secured at an earlier trial. On 11 October 2002, Thomas Pilz and Richard Walker were sentenced to four-and-a-half and three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment respectively for the theft of $16m (£8.8m) through a fraudulent high-yield investment scheme.