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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Snorkelling benefits cheat sentenced for ‘barefaced lies’ – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A benefits cheat caught out by holiday photos showing her snorkelling has been given an 18-month suspended jail term.’

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BBC News, 25th September 2017

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DPP – John Harris Memorial Lecture – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 20th, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, mental health, news, terrorism by sally

‘Speech from Alison Saunders, DPP, on developments in technology and society, and addressing terrorism, fraud and mental health issues.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2017

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Birmingham fashion designer jailed for fake Oscar-ticket fraud – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2017 in bail, fraud, news, sentencing by sally

‘A fashion designer who duped investors into buying fake tickets to the Oscars, telling one couple they would sit on Julia Roberts’ table, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2017

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G4S faces investigation over running of immigration detention centre where detainees were abused – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2017 in detention, fraud, immigration, news, restraint, security companies by tracey

‘G4S faces an investigation over allegations it has been overcharging the Home Office to run a scandal-hit immigration detention centre where migrants have been abused and humiliated.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2017

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Judge attacks Department for Work and Pensions for failing to tackle benefits cheats – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 13th, 2017 in benefits, delay, fraud, government departments, judges, news by tracey

‘A judge has attacked the Department for Work and Pensions for failing to tackle benefits cheats and said he thinks they should be forced to pay back money sooner.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2017

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Rooney traveller family jailed for modern slavery offences – BBC News

‘Nine members of a traveller family who kept workers in squalid conditions in caravans have been jailed for modern day slavery offences.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2017

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Art dealer who stole celebrity portraits of the Rolling Stones, Princess Diana and Bob Dylan jailed for four years – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2017 in artistic works, fraud, imprisonment, news, proceeds of crime, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A Cotswold art dealer who stole nearly £500,000 worth of artworks, including paintings by the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, from clients, has been jailed for four years.’

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The Independent, 13th September 2017

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Priest who stole dead parishioner’s disabled parking badge said he was telling the ‘gospel truth’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2017 in clergy, community service, costs, disabled persons, fraud, news, parking, sentencing by tracey

‘A priest who denied stealing a dead parishioner’s blue badge so he could park for free said he was telling the “gospel truth.” Father Bill Haymaker, accompanied to Hove Crown Court by his official clerical dog The Venerable Mr Piddles, was found guilty of stealing the badge from woman who had died two months before and then using it in his own car.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th september 2017

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DPP – John Harris Memorial Lecture – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 8th, 2017 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, mental health, police, speeches by tracey

‘Speech from Alison Saunders, DPP, on developments in technology and society, and addressing terrorism, fraud and mental health issues.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2017

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Former MP to sue Scotland Yard over child sexual abuse investigation – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, fraud, news, perverting the course of justice, police by tracey

‘A former MP is to sue the Metropolitan police over their handling of the investigation into historical child sex abuse allegations against him. Harvey Proctor was cleared by the Met in 2016 after the collapse of Operation Midland, the £2.5m investigation into accusations of a paedophile ring operating in Westminster.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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Solicitor General’s speech at Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Solicitor General discusses preventing and controlling economic crime in the modern world.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 4th September 2017

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Court continues freezing order after suspected email fraud – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 4th, 2017 in electronic mail, fraud, freezing injunctions, news by sally

‘An individual has successfully applied for continuation of a freezing order, after being able to show that there was a real risk that money held in another’s account would be dissipated if the order was not continued.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st September 2017

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