LONDON (June 11, 2008)— Two men got three-year prison terms and a third 30 months in sentencing today by a British court over their participation in price-fixing involving marine hose.
The United Kingdom Crown Court sentenced Peter Whittle, sole proprietor of PW Consulting (Oil and Marine) Ltd., and Bryan Allison, managing director of Dunlop Oil & Marine Ltd., to 36 months in prison. David Brammar, Dunlop Oil & Marine sales and marketing director, was sentenced to 30 months.
All three men previously received U.S. prison sentences in a plea bargain with the U.S. Department of Justice. They will receive credit toward their U.S. sentences for any prison sentences imposed in the U.K., according to Thomas O. Barnett, assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ Antitrust Division.
The jail sentences should carry a strong deterrent message to members of international cartels that victimize businesses and consumers in the U.S. and abroad, according to Barnett.
The men pleaded guility to participating in a plot to fix prices, rig bids and allocate market share in the marine hose market.