Jail for men who tried to defraud and blackmail solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in blackmail, computer crime, fraud, law firms, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men who were part of an organised fraud network that conned solicitors and others out of over £300,000, as well as a man who tried to blackmail a law firm to pay over €10,000 for the return of data stolen from its systems, have been sent to prison.’

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Legal Futures, 21st November 2017

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CDM Decision and Penalty: Re Huntley (2) – Law & Religion UK

Posted November 15th, 2017 in Church of England, clergy, disciplinary procedures, fraud, insurance, news, tribunals by tracey

‘On 1 November 2017, the Church of England Document Library posted Huntley 2, the Decision and Penalty of the Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal for the Diocese of Durham between Mr Andrew Thurston (Complainant) and The Reverend David George Huntley (Respondent). This followed the Tribunal’s earlier Decision, May 2016, and Decision (Appeal) and Order in August 2016, which concerned the same clergyman but on a significantly different matter.’

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Law & Religion UK, 15th November 2017

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

Men jailed over huge £100m tax fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Five men have been jailed today (November 10) for their part in a £100m tax fraud.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th November 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Munby cancels 21 divorces handled by fraudster ex-barrister – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 9th, 2017 in barristers, costs, divorce, documents, fraud, impersonating a barrister, news by tracey

‘The High Court has torn up 21 divorce petitions that were engineered by a convicted fraudster and former barrister.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th November 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Policeman jailed for selling crash data to claims firm – which were sold on to law firms – Legal Futures

‘Two married constables working for Lancashire Police were sentenced last month for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Fraud may justify ‘collateral use’ of documents in multiple sets of civil proceedings, court rules – OUT-LAW.com

‘The “strong public interest” in pursuing claims for fraud, bribery and corruption may justify allowing the use of documents obtained in one set of legal proceedings in a different set of proceedings, the High Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 3rd November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Serious Fraud Office zeros in on large-scale fraud as prosecutions for other offences fall – The Independent

‘As the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) increasingly focuses on large-scale frauds, the overall number of fraud prosecutions in the UK is falling, new figures show.’

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The Independent, 5th November 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Edge Hill University dean and secret lover jailed for £500,000 fraud – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in fraud, news, sentencing, universities by sally

‘A former university dean who employed his secret lover as part of a £500,000 scam has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chudley v Clydesdale: identifying the body – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in banking, contracts, fraud, news, third parties by sally

‘A recent Commercial Court case, Chudley v Clydesdale Bank plc has provided a rare comment on the application of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 (the 1999 Act) and, in particular, on how you decide whether the contract adequately identifies the third party so as to allow them to enforce the contract.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 20th October 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Tax Evasion – As the Government ‘Cry Wolf’, is it Anything More Than a Hollow Complaint? – Drystone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in fraud, news, tax evasion by sally

‘As recently reported in the Times on 14th September 2017 under the headline ‘Amazon in £1.5bn tax fraud row’, HMRC has claimed that Amazon and eBay (among others) have failed to co-operate in fully tackling a multi-billion pound fraud. The article comes after a series of hearings in front of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (‘PAC’).’

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Drystone Chambers, 9th October 2017

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Tax Raid on Premier League club lawful – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in fraud, news, search & seizure, sport, taxation, warrants by sally

‘Newcastle United has failed in its attempt to quash HMRC’s search warrant for documents involving suspected major tax fraud.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 11th October

Source: www.sportslawbulletin.org

Sherlock Holmes fraudster who used name of fictional detective is jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 20th, 2017 in fraud, impersonation, news, sentencing by sally

‘As Sherlock Holmes once mused: “Crime is common. Logic is rare.”

Indeed, it seems fraudster Aaron Cowan was rather lacking in logic when he decided to pose as a police officer and use the name of a fictional detective from the famed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series to commit his crimes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th October 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Couple who faked holiday sickness are jailed – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2017 in compensation, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, private prosecutions by sally

‘The government has stepped up attempts to eliminate fake holiday sickness scams, as a middle-aged British couple who had boasted on social media about having “sun, laughter and fun” on their holidays were jailed after making false insurance claims.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Eight sentenced over bus ‘crash for cash’ fraud – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2017 in fraud, insurance, news, personal injuries, road traffic, sentencing by tracey

‘The biggest number of claimants ever tried together in an insurance fraud case have been handed sentences ranging from community service to custody.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th October 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government calls for holiday sickness fraud evidence as it treats ABTA figures with caution – Legal Futures

Posted October 13th, 2017 in costs, fraud, holidays, insurance, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice has today issued a call for evidence that it said would give ministers “a greater insight into the reported rise” in fraudulent holiday sickness claims, but displayed caution in the use of the oft-cited figure of a 500% increase in cases.’

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Legal Futures, 13th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

New court complex planned to bolster City of London after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in courts, fraud, HM Courts Service, internet, London, news by sally

‘A major court complex specialising in cybercrime and fraud cases is to be built in the City of London to promote the UK’s financial and legal services post-Brexit.’

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The Guardian, 9th October 2017

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Claimant who sued council over bogus highway accident guilty of contempt – Local Government Lawyer

‘A man who sued Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for £10,000, claiming he was injured after tripping in a hole in the payment, has been found guilty of contempt of court and jailed for four months.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th September 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court comes down hard on fake certificate sellers – Technology Law Update

Posted September 28th, 2017 in examinations, fraud, news by sally

‘Students hoping to secure places in higher education or with employers will want to put their best foot forward with a sheaf of hard-won qualifications. But fake certificates sold online are an increasing problem. Now the body representing the main UK examination boards, the Joint Council for Qualifications or JCQ, has won an important court victory against the fraudsters, sending a strong message to others making money from this illicit trade.’

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Technology Law Update, 27th September 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

Disability benefits cheat who spent holidays quad biking and scuba diving sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 27th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A woman who claimed £65,000 in disability benefit over 21 years but spent holidays scuba diving and riding quad bikes has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years today (25 September).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th September 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Charity commission and fundraising websites plan crackdown on fraudulent donation pages – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2017 in charities, Charity Commission, fraud, internet, news by tracey

‘Charity regulators are cracking down on fundrasing scammers after concerns that fraudsters had used tragedies such as Grenfell Tower and terror attacks to dupe donors.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk