Former chief executive of Old English Inns Brian Warwick is being accused of trying to "bribe" his ex-finance director to stay quiet over alleged accounting irregularities, according to The Independent on Sunday. Warwick insists the bribery claims are a "total fabrication".

Stuart Simpson is claiming more than £70,000 in damages for wrongful dismissal in a case due to start at the High Court this week. His writ claims that he discovered there had been at least £1.5m overstatement of profits during the 1997-98 financial year.

A spokesman for Greene King, which took over OEI last year, said the alleged incidents concerned a time well before the takeover.

The Independent on Sunday 03/03/02 page

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