Recent Legal Aid Cases related to Fraud
The case was investigated for a Romanian gang; known as Colchester Gang who targeted more than 60,000 bank customers in a £16 million fraud. The case involved an allegation of fitted spy cameras of the sides of bank machines all over Britain and used miniature skimming devices to snatch card details.
R-V- J B (FRAUD)
The case involved a human trafficking organization to make profits of over three million pounds. The case consisted of a number of co-defendants and involved a criminal enterprise on a commercial basis. Allegations were made of a significant operation of prostitution and females were being trafficked into the UK from foreign countries. A basis of plea was argued in Court and full submissions were enforced to the Crown. The submissions were followed in Court which resulted in a significant reduction in sentence.
R-V- J L R (FRAUD/CONSPIRACY)
The case involves a multi-handler operation of an allegation of a conspiracy of possession and importation Class A drugs of over 20kg and possessing the criminal property of over £100,000 cash. Case is ongoing.
R-V-R J (FRAUD)
Case consisted of a multi-million chargeback bank fraud and involved more than 17 defendants who were divided into multiple trials. Sentence submissions were accepted in Court and was argued to the Crown which resulted in a significant reduction of sentence.
R-V- M K (FRAUD)
The case involves a complex bank fraud in which bank employees and staff members have been compromised. The case consists of a multi-million-pound bank fraud and as it currently stands it’s a 6 handler case which is still ongoing.
POLICE STATION CASE:
V J (FRAUD/CONSPIRACY)
The case involved an all allegation of suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering. Our client was arrested on the allegation of outsourcing monies into and out of the UK to foreign countries. The case was concluded at the Police station offering No Further Action after legal representation was made to the instructed officers and reviewing lawyers in the case.
R V QF: Conspiracy to assist/defraud Board agency from European country
R V C C: Prosecuted by HMRC at Warwick Crown Court. Importation of Class B drugs in very large quantity. defendant was acquitted.
R V UC: Importation of large quantity of class B drugs. Under section Custom and excise Management acts 1979.
R V VM: Prosecuted by UKBA at Isleworth Crown Court, the case of conspiracy to defraud with six co-defendants. This was a large scale multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the secretary of state. The case was concerning false documentation and various sham organization which was used to facilitate the fraud.
Operation Bypass: Case involved a large number of defendants alleged for smuggling of 24 million cigarettes. It involved the importation of class A & B in very high quantity, over 1.3 tones. Defendants were operating under the ERTS facility as outsource by HMRC. The value of class A & B was estimated over 20 million. The case was made after a long period of surveillance/under cover operation with investigations spanning globally to China, Dubai, Uganda, and Kenya, to name a few.
Operation Gesticulate: Case was investigated by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). It involved syndicate members to assist or facilitate the arrival of an asylum seeker in the United Kingdom and conspiracy to defraud secretary of state. The case also involved a lot of forged travel documents, bank statements showing higher credit balance and forged English language test. Spanish law endorsement agency was also involved in the investigation to provide recordings. A Large quantity of paperwork was served by the prosecution.
Cheat with HMRC: Case involved defendant who had not paid taxes for a long period of time and VAT was not been paid according to the HMRC’s guidelines. The period involved for nonpayment of tax was over 10 years. It was a very complex matter resulting in induction of forensic accountant. Alleged fraud with HMRC was estimated at over 3 million.
R V CC: We have successfully defended a case of importation of a large quantity of class B drugs, prosecuted by HMRC at Warwickshire Crown Court. The case went on for around two years. Defence advised the defendant not to give evidence during the trial. Defendant accepted the defence advice, which resulted in acquittal. The prosecution asked for a retrial, but no evidence offer in the event of a defendant, not inclined to give evidence.