Government eyes stronger powers to discipline solicitors as part of insurance fraud crackdown – Legal Futures

Posted May 27th, 2016 in fraud, insurance, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The government yesterday accepted recommendations for stronger fining powers for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), a lower burden of proof before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), and the need to introduce further measures to discourage ‘late’ personal injury claims, in the next stage of its crackdown on fraudulent behaviour.’

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Legal Futures, 27th May 2016

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UK fraud costing ‘£193bn a year’, new study suggests – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2016 in fraud, identity fraud, news, reports, statistics, tax evasion by tracey

‘The annual cost of fraud in the UK has been estimated at £193bn – equal to nearly £3,000 per head of population – according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2016

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Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in complaints, copyright, defamation, fraud, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

‘Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Teenage girls given 12 months youth detention over Facebook baby kidnap plot – The Independent

‘Two teenage girls have been sentenced to 12 months youth detention for conspiracy to kidnap babies in September last year.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2016

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Four Latvians jailed in UK for exploiting vulnerable migrants – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in fraud, gangs, immigration, marriage, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘Four members of a Latvian organised crime gang who used vulnerable fellow migrants to launder stolen money and offered their indebted female eastern European workers as brides for hire have been sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison at Huntingdon crown court.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2016

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Home Secretary’s Police Federation Conference 2016 speech – Home Office

‘Speech given by Theresa May at the Police Federation Annual Conference 2016 in Bournemouth.’

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Home Office, 17th May 2016

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UK proposes ‘sweeping changes’ to corporate liability for economic crimes – OUT-LAW.com

‘The planned introduction of a new corporate criminal offence of failure to prevent fraud, money laundering and other economic crimes would have an “even bigger impact on businesses than the introduction of the Bribery Act”, a corporate crime expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th May 2016

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Agricultural Subsidies – Fraudulent Claims – 36 Bedford Row

Posted May 16th, 2016 in agriculture, EC law, fraud, news by sally

‘This is a very busy time of year for farmers applying for their subsidies under the Basic Payment Scheme. In England the Rural Payment Agency administers the Basic Payment Scheme whereby farmers complete a single application form for farm subsidies. The deadline for 2016 is 16 May 2016.’

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36 Bedford Row, 12th May 2016

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New plans to tackle corporate fraud – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 13th, 2016 in fraud, money laundering, press releases, tax evasion by tracey

‘New proposals to crack down on “economic crimes” such as fraud and money laundering are to be considered later this year.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th  May 2016

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Gang jailed over pensioner phone scam – BBC News

‘Eight men from London have been jailed for a phone scam that defrauded UK pensioners out of more than £1m.’

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BBC News, 4th May 2016

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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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