The Insurance Act 2015: practical changes for insurers to consider – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 25th, 2015 in contracts, disclosure, fraud, insurance, Law Commission, legislation, news, Scotland by sally

‘The 2015 Insurance Act will, subject to an 18-month transition period, introduce what the UK government has described as “the biggest reform to insurance contract law in more than a century”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, March 2015

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New sentencing measures to take effect next month – Ministry of Justice

‘A series of tougher sentencing measures, new criminal offences and a more balanced judicial review system will come into force when the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 takes effect on 13 April.’

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Ministry of Justice, 20th March 2015

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Cambridge University bursar jailed for stealing £300,000 to fund bingo addiction – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2015 in accountants, false accounting, fraud, gambling, news, sentencing, theft, universities by sally

‘A woman who stole nearly £300,000 from one of Cambridge’s most famous colleges as she squandered more than £6 million on bingo has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2015

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Golf champ Alan Bannister jailed for £26,000 benefit fraud – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A champion golfer who claimed £26,000 in benefits saying he was too ill to walk but played the sport regularly has been jailed for six months.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2015

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Judge expresses anger at “flagrant non-compliance” with Commercial Court rules on pleadings – Litigation Futures

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in barristers, codes of practice, costs, fraud, news, penalties, pleadings, time limits by sally

‘A High Court judge has handed out a tongue-lashing and a costs penalty over a party’s failure to stick to the rules governing the length and content of statements of claim laid down in the Commercial Court Guide.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2015

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HSBC should face UK criminal charges, says former public prosecutor – The Guardian

‘HSBC’s Swiss arm is potentially open to a range of criminal charges in Britain because there is “credible evidence” that it has had a role in enabling tax evasion, according to a former director of public prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2015

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ATE insurer not estopped from avoiding policy, High Court rules – Litigation Futures

Posted February 19th, 2015 in costs, estoppel, fraud, insolvency, insurance, misrepresentation, news by sally

‘After-the-event (ATE) insurer Temple Legal Protection was not estopped from avoiding payment on a policy after a fraudulent misrepresentation, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th February 2015

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Bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry is jailed for attempting to break UK immigration laws – The Independent

Posted February 17th, 2015 in conspiracy, fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘A bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry has been jailed for attempting to undergo a bogus wedding to cheat immigration laws.’

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The Independent, 13th February 2015

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Insurance surgery: Up for the challenge – New Law Journal

‘How should local authorities respond to the compensation claims landscape, asks Carol Dalton.’

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New Law Journal, 13th February 2015

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Tax authorities should prosecute evaders, says Keir Starmer – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2015 in banking, fraud, news, select committees, sentencing, tax evasion, taxation, whistleblowers by sally

‘Criminal prosecution for tax evasion should become the default position of the tax authorities, Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions, has said, as HM Revenue and Customs came under further scrutiny over whether it responded to an email from a French whistleblower setting out details of the scale of tax evasion by HSBC.’

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The Guardian, 13th February 2015

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Lithuanian fraudster used ‘clever’ scam to steal £32,000 from John Lewis – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2015 in fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘Judge condemns Laima Butke’s devious con and jails her for 19-months, saying she hurt “decent company” John Lewis.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th February 2015

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Judge to see forensics that point to Tower Hamlets vote fraud – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in elections, expert witnesses, forensic science, fraud, news by sally

‘Evidence from an independent forensic scientist will form the centrepiece of a rare election fraud trial opening at the High Court on Monday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2015

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City fraudster who scammed £5.5m out of 100 investors is jailed for seven years – The Guardian

Posted February 2nd, 2015 in banking, financial services ombudsman, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fraudster who scammed more than 100 investors out of £5.5m and spent nearly half to fund his lavish lifestyle has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2015

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Former Royal Navy chef jailed over £1m ‘fake’ sea bass scam – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 30th, 2015 in food, forgery, fraud, news, sentencing, trade descriptions by sally

‘Judge brands £1.1 million fraud a ‘scandal’ after it is revealed Michael Redhead sold 400,000 packs of a cheaper oriental perch to Iceland.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th January 2015

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Sandra Dunham given 18 days’ home confinement in US fraud case – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2015 in extradition, fraud, guilty pleas, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who admitted a $1m (£640,000) expenses fraud and money-laundering will not spend any more time in jail.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Maximum benefit fraud fines could be increased to £5,000 – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2015 in benefits, fines, fraud, news, social services by sally

‘The maximum administrative penalty for benefit fraud that can be offered as an alternative to prosecution could be doubled under government proposals.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Fake Help for Heroes collection ‘soldier’ Liam O’Brien jailed – BBC News

Posted January 16th, 2015 in armed forces, charities, fraud, handling stolen goods, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Wiltshire man who posed as a serving soldier and falsely claimed to be collecting money for the charity Help for Heroes has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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HMRC Dishonesty Allegation “seriously flawed” – RPC Tax Take

Posted January 15th, 2015 in banking, fraud, HM Revenue & Customs, news, taxation, tribunals, VAT by sally

‘The First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (“FTT”) has ruled, in Citibank NA v Revenue and Customs Commissioners, that HMRC’s pleadings were “seriously flawed”. When alleging fraud against a taxpayer, HMRC must clearly plead that the taxpayer had a dishonest state of mind.’

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RPC Tax Take, 14th January 2015

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Football ‘spot-fixing’ case dropped – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2015 in evidence, fraud, gambling, media, news, prosecutions, sport by sally

‘The case against 13 footballers investigated over alleged spot-fixing has been dropped due to “insufficient evidence”, the CPS has said.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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National Crime Agency v Robb – WLR Daily

Posted January 14th, 2015 in fraud, law reports, proceeds of crime, victims by tracey

National Crime Agency v Robb; [2014] EWHC 4384 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 1

‘The court gave guidance on the hearing of applications brought by victims of fraud under section 182 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as to the principles to be applied in following and tracing recoverable property obtained by the defendant through unlawful conduct.’

WLR Daily, 23rd December 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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