Fraud

Our fraud solicitors are experts in defending all types of fraud allegations. We have over 30 years’ experience of representing individuals being investigated or prosecuted for very serious and complex fraud offences.

These cases may involve £multi-million transactions, vast quantities of data or paperwork and the movement of money or assets through multiple overseas territories.

Types of fraud offences

Fraud offences cover a wide and diverse range of circumstances. The following types of fraud include those we come across most commonly:

  • Bank fraud
  • Benefit fraud
  • Boiler room fraud
  • Charity fraud
  • Credit card fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Covid-19 frauds including bounce-back loan fraud and furlough fraud
  • Cyber-crime / internet fraud (hacking, phishing, vishing, scamming, malware, spyware, etc)
  • False representation fraud
  • Forgery
  • Identity fraud
  • Immigration fraud
  • Insider dealing
  • Investment fraud
  • Missing trader / carousel fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Ponzi schemes / pyramid fraud
  • Tax evasion including VAT fraud, false accounting and evasion of import duty
  • Voter fraud
  • White collar crime and corporate fraud

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As fraud usually involves obtaining and dealing with money (or other financial gain), fraud cases often involve money laundering allegations. In addition, a defendant who pleads guilty (or is found guilty) is likely to face restraint and confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In many cases, the court will issue a restraint order at the outset of the proceedings to prevent the disposal of assets.

It is vital that anyone being investigated or prosecuted for a fraud offence obtains specialist legal advice from the earliest opportunity. Our attention to deal and understanding of fraud offences means that we can work with you and (where relevant) a network of the most skilled experts to achieve the best possible outcome.

Call us now on 0121 6056000 or email us at enquiries@salhan.co.uk to discuss your case in confidence.

See below for a selection of our fraud cases.

R v K

[Northampton]:

Our client was found guilty of investment fraud as a result of which proceedings under POCA commenced. The prosecution alleged that our client lived a ‘criminal lifestyle’ and his ‘benefit’ from criminality was in the region of £1.3m. We successfully argued that the ‘lifestyle conditions’ in POCA did not apply and the ‘benefit’ should be £8,000 representing the balance of monies retained from the fraud.

R v R

[Leicester]:

This was a widely reported, high profile case involving frauds against a local authority and a cancer charity. The prosecution alleged that a fictitious employee was created with the connivance of the local authority’s in-house solicitor and that monies were extracted by payments to the ‘employee’. A similar fraud was alleged in relation to the charity. During a contested trial, the prosecution conceded that our client was not involved in either fraud. Although our client was convicted of money laundering, the prosecution accepted that he had not benefited financially. While other defendants received immediate custodial sentences, we were able to persuade the court to impose a suspended sentence.

R v A

This was a £60 million mortgage fraud involving numerous financial institutions and solicitors’ practices. A chartered surveyor would arrange for dishonest property valuations to be provided, on the basis of false commercial leases being in place. The valuations were used to obtain huge mortgage advances, with the funds transferred abroad, including £25 million to Pakistan alone. The case involved a Serious Fraud Office investigation lasting several years.

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