Senior Crown Prosecutor jailed for expenses fraud committed in bid to help indebted son – Legal Futures

‘A Senior Crown Prosecutor who put in £5,800 worth of false travel expenses to help pay off his son’s university debt has been jailed for six months.’

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Legal Futures, 17th August 2017

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Family convicted of keeping at least 18 victims as slaves for up to 26 years – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 14th, 2017 in forced labour, fraud, gangs, news by sally

‘Members of an extended family have been convicted of running a modern slavery ring which kept one of its captives in “truly shocking” conditions for decades.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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TalkTalk fined £100,000 for putting customers at risk from scammers – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 11th, 2017 in consumer protection, data protection, fines, fraud, news by tracey

‘The UK’s data watchdog has hit TalkTalk with its second major fine in a year for failing to protect customers’ information from scammers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2017

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Housing association secures outright possession order on appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2017 in appeals, fraud, housing, local government, news, repossession by sally

‘A housing association has successfully appealed a Recorder’s decision to grant only a suspended order of possession, with the High Court judge concluding that the original ruling was “fatally and demonstrably flawed”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2017

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Ex-soldier jailed for disability benefits fraud after Kilimanjaro climb – The Guardian

Posted August 4th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former paratrooper who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and won a triathlon while fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds in disability benefit has been jailed.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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Two men jailed in UK for horsemeat conspiracy – The Guardian

Posted August 1st, 2017 in conspiracy, food, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men have been jailed for their roles in a conspiracy to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beef – a plot “motivated by greed” that was one part of the wide-ranging horsemeat scandal that came to light in 2013.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2017

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White collar crime prosecutions fall as offences rise – OUT-LAW.com

‘The number of white collar crime prosecutions in the UK fell by 12% between 2015 and 2016, despite a 4% increase in the number of reported offences.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 28th July 2017

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Businessman guilty of mixing horsemeat with beef – BBC News

Posted July 27th, 2017 in conspiracy, food, fraud, horses, news by tracey

‘A businessman has been found guilty of being part of a £200,000 conspiracy to pass off horsemeat as beef, much of which went on to enter the food chain.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2017

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‘The Ombudsman ordered Lloyds to repay us £47,500 – and then changed its mind’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2017 in banking, compensation, conveyancing, fraud, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘A couple who were told by the Financial Ombudsman they would be repaid more than £47,000 stolen in a conveyancing scam have now been told, more than a year later, that they will not be getting their money back.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2017

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CPS considers file on alleged £1m fraud at Police Federation – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘An alleged £1m fraud at the Police Federation has been referred to prosecutors.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2017

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Extent of fraud and cyber crime laid out in new statistics – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 25th, 2017 in computer crime, crime, data protection, fraud, news, privacy, statistics by sally

‘More than five million cases of fraud and computer misuse offences were recorded in England and Wales in a single year, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th July 2017

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Triathlon winner who claimed disability benefits convicted of fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 20th, 2017 in disabled persons, fraud, news, sport by tracey

‘A man who claimed thousands of pounds in disability benefits despite climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, winning a triathlon and competing at the Phoenix Winter Games, has been convicted of fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th July 2017

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MPs urged to pass law against online ‘catfish’ imposters tricking women into sex – The Independent

Posted July 18th, 2017 in crime, fraud, identity fraud, internet, news, parliament by tracey

‘MPs are to be urged to outlaw the practice of ‘catfishing’, which refers to online predators using fake dating profiles to trick victims into sexual relationships.’

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The Independent, 17th July 2017

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News focus: Wish you weren’t here – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2017 in costs, fees, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘Personal injury (PI) lawyers may have experienced a powerful sense of deja vu last week when the government announced a review of fees in holiday sickness claims. The same apocalyptic warnings of rampant fraud; the same incessant lobbying from a trade body. And ultimately the same solution – fixed costs – provided by ministers who would rather the whole thing just went away.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 17th July 2017

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Thomas Cook wins fake holiday sickness case – BBC News

Posted July 12th, 2017 in damages, food hygiene, fraud, holidays, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Travel company Thomas Cook says it has won a legal victory against a fake holiday sickness claim and plans to challenge other such claims in court.’

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BBC News, 11th July 2017

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Why We Should Oppose Gender Identity Fraud Prosecutions – Legal Voice

‘Following the conviction of Gayle Newland for tricking a female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man, Alex Sharpe looks at why such prosecutions are wrong.’

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Legal Voice, 10th July 2017

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Nicholas Goodfellow on Challenging the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards – Littleton Chambers

‘The Commercial Court has recently considered the principles relating to the refusal to enforce a foreign arbitral award on grounds of fraud: Stati and others v The Republic of Kazakhstan [2017] EWHC 1348 (Comm), a decision of Knowles J, writes Nicholas Goodfellow.’

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Littleton Chambers, 19th June 2017

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Defendant Secures non-party Costs order against Credit Hire Organisation – Park Square Barristers

‘In this Judgment handed down last week, the Court considered the potential for credit hire companies, who were not parties to the litigation, to be the subject of costs orders. The Appellant car hire company was the subject of such a non-party costs order at first instance and appealed to the High Court. The decision is one which anyone involved in credit hire should be aware of.

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Park Square Barristers, 29th June 2017

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Section 57 Application to High Value Cases: Stanton v Hunter – Park Square Barristers

Posted July 5th, 2017 in damages, fraud, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘On 31st March 2017 Recorder Hatfield QC, sitting at Liverpool County Court, dismissed the claim in Stanton v Hunter pursuant to section 57 of the Criminal Courts and Justice Act 2015 (judgment available on Lawtel). The Defendant admitted primary liability but alleged contributory negligence in response to the claim for damages as a result of personal injuries arising from an accident which occurred whilst he was working on the Defendant’s property. Following a two-day trial, the Judge found although the Claimant had suffered a genuine injury, he had deliberately and dishonestly exaggerated the extent of his symptoms and in particular his ability to work and dismissed the entire claim.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th June 2017

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Online fraud costs public billions but is still not a police priority, says watchdog – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2017 in computer crime, fraud, internet, news by tracey

‘Police forces are not doing enough to tackle the growing threat of online fraud, a public spending watchdog has found. The National Audit Office (NAO) said the issue was “not yet a priority” for all local police forces and the problem had been overlooked by government, law enforcement and industry.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2017

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