SFO wins disclosure bid in legal privilege case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 12th, 2017 in disclosure, fraud, news, privilege, prosecutions, Serious Fraud Office by sally

‘Companies can no longer assume that private documents, including interview records used for internal investigations, will be protected after a High Court ruling this week, lawyers have claimed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th May 2017

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Council “did not have power to prosecute alleged legal aid fraud”: Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

‘Thurrock Council did not have power to bring prosecution proceedings on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency in relation to an alleged legal aid fraud, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th May 2017

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High Court rejects litigation privilege claim in test case – Litigation Futures

Posted May 11th, 2017 in civil justice, crime, disclosure, documents, fraud, news, privilege, prosecutions, trials by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a mining company’s claim for litigation privilege in a test case which for the first time involves potential criminal, rather than civil, litigation.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th May 2017

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Legal Aid Agency criticised for trying to prosecute major law firm fraud through local authority rather than CPS – Legal Futures

Posted May 8th, 2017 in fraud, legal aid, local government, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken over prosecution of a major legal aid fraud by a law firm after the Court of Appeal criticised the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for trying to run the case through the fraud department of a local authority instead.’

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Legal Futures, 8th May 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Call for fundraising pages to be regulated amid fraud concerns – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2017 in charities, fraud, internet, money laundering, news by sally

‘It has become a familiar moment in the aftermath of any catastrophe – the appearance of a slew of online fundraising pages designed to funnel donations for the traumatised, injured and bereaved.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2017

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Solicitors, trainee and paralegal jailed after landmark convictions for insurance fraud conspiracy – Legal Futures

Posted April 10th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, paralegals, police, sentencing, solicitors by sally

‘Two solicitors, a trainee and a paralegal are among six men who have today been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years at Liverpool Crown Court for insurance fraud that cost victims £426,000.’

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Legal Futures, 7th April 2017

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Con man convicted of wine fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 7th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, press releases by tracey

‘A con man who tricked his girlfriend and others out of £100,000 by pretending he was a successful international businessman has been found guilty of 22 counts of fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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What are the six types of cybercriminals identified by BAE? – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 4th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, fraud, money laundering, news by sally

‘Defence group BAE Systems faces “serious and persistent” cyber attacks twice a week from hackers trying to steal the defence giant’s secrets. Here are the six types of cybercriminals identified by BAE.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th April 2017

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Serious Fraud Office boss warns big names to play ball – or else – The Guardian

‘David Green, the director of the Serious Fraud Office, has warned that British businesses should not consider deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) the “new normal” if they are caught misbehaving.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2017

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‘Reverse VAT charge’ proposed to tackle construction sector labour fraud – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 29th, 2017 in construction industry, fraud, news, VAT by sally

‘Contractors could become responsible for accounting for VAT on construction labour services that they purchase under plans put forward for consultation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 27th March 2017

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Tesco fined £129m for overstating profits – BBC News

‘Tesco has agreed to pay a fine of £129m to avoid prosecution for overstating its profits in 2014.’

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BBC News, 28th March 2017

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MPs launch inquiry into government’s personal injury reforms – Legal Futures

‘MPs on the justice select committee have launched a “short” inquiry into the personal injury reforms contained in the Prisons and Courts Bill. The announcement comes ahead of the bill’s second reading – during which the principles behind it will be debated – on Monday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th march 2017

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Greedy treasurer jailed for selling sea rescue charity’s lifeboat on eBay – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 20th, 2017 in abuse of position of trust, charities, false accounting, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A “greedy” treasurer sank her own sea rescue charity after selling its lifeboat on eBay.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2017

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Student accused of ETS fraud found to have been unlawfully detained – Free Movement

Posted March 15th, 2017 in detention, examinations, fraud, immigration, judicial review, news, notification by tracey

‘In R (on the application of Iqbal) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 79 (Admin) the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) was found to have unlawfully detained a claimant whom they had alleged had fraudulently obtained an Educational Test Service (ETS) certificate to show that he spoke English to the level required for his immigration application.’

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Free Movement, 15th March 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

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Cold-call gang jailed for £1.7 million investment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 7th, 2017 in conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, telecommunications by tracey

‘A cold-call gang which conned dozens of victims into handing over more than £1.7 million by promoting non-existent investment opportunities have been sentenced today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th March 2016

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Judge convicts Leeds ‘cash for crash’ killers – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2017 in conspiracy, fraud, homicide, insurance, juries, news, road traffic by sally

‘Three men involved in a “cash for crash” scam which killed an 88-year-old woman in Leeds have been convicted.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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Judge in ‘crash for cash case’ dismisses jury and takes case on himself after jurors were offered bribes outside the courtroom – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bribery, conspiracy, fraud, homicide, judges, juries, news, trials by sally

‘A judge used a rare legal power to dismiss a jury and take the case on himself after jurors said they were offered bribes outside the courtroom.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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TalkTalk scam victims say it’s time for answers – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2017 in banking, data protection, fraud, news, telecommunications, theft by sally

‘As another customer explains how he was conned out of £6,300 after the firm’s security breach, the ICO is seemingly stalling while a class action moves closer.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2017

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Law firm insurer fails in High Court bid to recover property fraud losses from solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 17th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, money laundering, news, solicitors by sally

‘A highly experienced solicitor who breached the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in a property transaction that led to a £500,000 fraud did not act dishonestly, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 17th February 2017

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UK foreign aid fraud investigations ‘quadruple in last five years’ – The Guardian

Posted February 9th, 2017 in bribery, charities, foreign jurisdictions, fraud, news, reports by sally

‘Fraud investigations involving foreign aid have quadrupled over five years as more public money is given to “fragile” countries, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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