Atea's former group CEO Claus Hougesen has been given a lighter jail sentence by the Danish High Court after he was found guilty last year for his involvement in a bribery scandal involving Atea and public sector employees.
Hougesen (pictured) was sentenced to 10 months in prison last year for his part in the exchange of DKK 576,000 (€77,000) in bribes between Atea employees and IT staff in the Danish public sector.
On Friday, the former CEO's sentence was reduced to six months including 120 hours of community service.
Former MD for Denmark Peter Trans, who was sentenced to eight months in prison last year for providing DKK 162,000 in bribes, has also had his jail time reduced - from an eight-month to a three-month conditional sentence.
But Atea's former sales manager Per Andersen, the main culprit in the scandal after he was found guilty of DKK 320,000 in bribes and commissioning a further DKK 510,000, received a harsher sentence as a result of the appeal. The High Court increased his unconditional one-year sentence to 15 months.
Two public sector employees were also part of the appeal. Former IT operations manager for Region Zealand Rene Clausen and IT director Michael Mølkær both receive longer prison sentences. Clausen, who was originally given an 18-month unconditional sentence will now serve a two-year sentence. Mølkær's sentence was increased from 40 days to four months, which can be reduced through 100 hours of community service.
A police investigation into unethical activity between former Atea and former public sector personnel at Region Zealand began in 2015. The investigation found that former Atea staff had given DKK 576,000 in bribes between 2009 and 2014 - including lavish dinners, expensive trips to Dubai and Las Vegas and private purchases of IT equipment.
Five out of seven of the defendants found guilty last year appealed the verdict.
The defendants were also sentenced to pay DKK 840,000 to Region Zealand in compensation as a result of their criminal offences.
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