Definition of the Serious Fraud Office from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Serious Fraud Office

 
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(abbreviation the SFO)
 
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a British government agency set up in 1988 to investigate cases of fraud (= deceiving people in order to obtain money or goods) which are too large or complicated for the police Fraud Squad to deal with. The government confirmed that the Serious Fraud Office was investigating the bank's activities.