Expenses fraud ex-MEP Peter Skinner jailed for four years after falsely claiming more than £100k – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in expenses, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A former Labour MEP who falsely claimed more than £100,000 in expenses to fund his lavish lifestyle and pay off his wife following their divorce has been jailed for four years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2016

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No escape from dishonesty hearing for claimant who discontinued – Litigation Futures

Posted April 27th, 2016 in costs, fraud, news, personal injuries, proportionality by sally

‘A personal injury claimant cannot escape a fundamental dishonesty hearing by serving a notice of discontinuance, a circuit judge has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 27th April 2016

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New ‘unexplained wealth orders’ among UK anti-money laundering reforms – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 26th, 2016 in consultations, financial regulation, fraud, money laundering, news by sally

‘Those suspected of money laundering could be required to explain the origins of any unexpected wealth or risk forfeiture as part of a package of measures put forward for consultation by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th April 2016

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Tribunal rejects Home Office fraud allegation in ETS case but fails to report determination – Free Movement

‘President McCloskey has firmly rejected the Home Office case against students alleged to have fraudulently obtained English language test certificate from ETS (“Educational Testing Services Ltd”) in the case of SM and Ihsan Qadir v Secretary of State for the Home Department IA/31380/2014. The President finds that the Home Office evidence suffered from “multiple frailties and shortcomings” and that the two witnesses produced by the Home Office were unimpressive. In short, the Home Office failed by a significant margin to prove the alleged fraud.’

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Free Movement, 25th April 2016

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Woman defrauded parents of £250,000 with fake Oxford career – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2016 in drug abuse, families, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman has been jailed for conning more than £250,000 out of her parents by convincing them she was a successful student at Oxford University and needed money for research projects and travel.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2016

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Account switch scam nets 5,000 victims – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2016 in electronic mail, fraud, news by tracey

‘More than 5,000 people were conned into sending planned payments to fraudsters’ bank accounts last year.’

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BBC News, 21st April 2016

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Early intervention needed to improve effectiveness of confiscation orders, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

‘Earlier intervention and more formal measures of success are needed if confiscation orders are to be successfully used by the UK courts to deprive fraudsters of the proceeds of their crimes.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th April 2016

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Conveyancers on both sides held liable for fraud in landmark case – Legal Futures

Posted April 19th, 2016 in breach of trust, contracts, conveyancing, fraud, money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

‘The conveyancers on both sides of a property fraud have been found jointly liable for the £470,000 loss suffered by the buyer.’

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Legal Futures, 18th April 2016

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Court heaps landmark contempt sentence on whiplash cheat – Litigation Futures

‘A semi-professional footballer who brought a fake whiplash claim has suffered twice over after a four-month suspended sentence for contempt was heaped on an £11,000 costs order for bringing a fundamentally dishonest claim.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th April 2016

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Police watchdog to take over inquiry into officers’ alleged £1m fraud – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2016 in complaints, fraud, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will take over an investigation into allegations of a £1m fraud at the Police Federation of England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2016

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Serious Fraud Office launches criminal inquiry into Tata Steel – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 8th, 2016 in fraud, inquiries, news, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘The Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal inquiry into Tata’s steel-making operation, the Telegraph can disclose.
Police officers are examining allegations that staff working for the company’s office in Britain may have falsified certificates detailing the composition of the product before they were sold.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th April 2016

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Libor trial: former Barclays bankers were ‘driven by money’ – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2016 in banking, conspiracy, fraud, interest, news by sally

‘Five former Barclays bankers accused of conspiring to rig Libor interest rates were “driven by money” and their offence “is no different from stealing,” a court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2016

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Strengthening the foundations of land ownership – Law Commission

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission is reviewing the legal framework that governs the registration of land in England and Wales. In a consultation opening on Thursday 31 March the Commission – the independent body that advises government on law reform – is asking how the Land Registration Act 2002 is working in practice and whether there are opportunities for the system to be clarified and updated.’

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Law Commission, 31st March 2016

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Land registration law up for review – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 31st, 2016 in consultations, conveyancing, fraud, land registration, Law Commission, news by sally

‘A new formula for determining which of two innocent parties of a land fraud should keep the property in question is among proposals for reform of the legal framework governing land registration in England and Wales to be published today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st March 2016

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Theresa May ‘wrongly deported 48,000 students’ after BBC Panorama exposes TOEIC scam – The Independent

‘Home Secretary Theresa May allegedly wrongly deported up to 50,000 international students after an English test cheating scam at one school was used to incriminate all who had sat the test.’

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The Independent, 29th March 2016

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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe online fraud refund claim provokes anger – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2016 in banking, consumer protection, fraud, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘A police chief’s suggestion that banks should consider no longer refunding some online fraud victims has been branded as “astonishingly misjudged” by a consumer group.’

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BBC News, 24th March 2016

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Jailed Libor trader Tom Hayes must pay more than £878,000 – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2016 in banking, confiscation, fraud, interest, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by tracey

‘Tom Hayes, the former star trader serving an 11-year jail sentence for manipulating Libor interest rates, has been ordered to pay £878,806 after a court ruled the money was the proceeds of crime.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2016

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Four guilty of hijacking migrant workers’ bank accounts – The Guardian

‘Three men and a woman convicted of laundering criminally acquired money in Cambridgeshire after trial over offences relating to exploitation of workers.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

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Holmcroft: Skilled person not amenable to judicial review – Henderson Chambers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in banking, financial regulation, fraud, judicial review, negligence, news by sally

‘On 24 February 2016, in R (Holmcroft Properties Limited) -v- KPMG LLP and others, the Divisional Court dismissed Holmcroft’s judicial review challenge to the skilled person’s role in a mis-selling redress scheme. The skilled person, KPMG, had approved Barclays’ rejection of Holmcroft’s claims for consequential losses it claimed to have suffered as a result of the mis-sale. The court found that the skilled person was not amenable to judicial review and that, in any event, it had acted fairly.’

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Henderson Chambers, 3rd March 2016

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Court of Appeal case: Gentry v Miller & UKI [2016] EWCA Civ 141 – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in appeals, default judgments, delay, fraud, insurance, news by sally

‘This Claim concerns an alleged road traffic accident on 17th March 2013 when UKI’s insured, Mr Miller, is alleged to have negligently driven into Mr Gentry causing him personal injuries and losses. UKI received no co-operation from Mr Miller, but in February 2014 discovered that he knows Mr Gentry. This then formed the basis of an allegation of a fraudulent collusion and the desire for UKI to put and argue this allegation of fraud at Trial.’

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Park Square Barristers, 14th March 2016

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