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UK authorities probe Rio Tinto following suspected foul play

The UK Serious Fraud Office is looking into a suspicious payment made by miner Rio Tinto to a consultant back in 2011, reports the Financial Times.

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The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is now probing a suspicious payment from mining company Rio Tinto to a consultant back in 2011, according to the Financial Times.

London-based mining group Rio Tinto took it upon itself to notify the SFO as well as US and Australian authorities in late 2016 concerning the USD 10.5 million payment to consultant Francois Polge de Combert for his services in Guinea in West Africa six years ago.

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