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Mar
2012

Bootlegging and Duty Evasion 6 min read
March 28, 2012
The phrase 'bootlegging' is centuries old. It eminates from returning sailors who would hide alcohol in their boots - away from the sight of the duty men at the ports. Smuggling can of course take on many forms from simple 'booze cruise' overloads through to drugs, guns, counterfeited products and even people smuggling. We attempt here to look at a few frontier type offences both old and new. Read more

Mar
2012

Financial Offences 6 min read
March 28, 2012
In this article we attempt to address some of the issues that often arise when a Defendant is charged with a 'financial offence'; e.g. conspiracy to defraud or cheat, fraudulent trading, false accounting, tax or duty evasion, MTIC (or Carousel ) frauds and the like. There is not the space here to look at each specific offence - instead we have made some general points about defending this type of case. Of course no short article like this can ever cover the multitude of variables that arise in this broad spectrum of offences, but there are things that both Defendants and their defenders can bear in mind at an early stage of the case. Read more

Mar
2012

Fraud Act 2006 5 min read
March 28, 2012
FRAUD UNDER THE FRAUD ACT 2006Much of the 'old' law on fraud was to be found in the Theft Acts of 1968 and 1978 as well as some common-law offences (i.e. developed in case-law rather than by Parliament). Many of the statutory provisions led to technical arguments and difficulties in practical application. It was clear that the law on fraud needed updating and the Law Commission produced a report on the topic in 2002. That report led to the Fraud Act 2006 which came into force on 15/1/07. Its provisions apply to conduct committed on or after that date. The Act widened and simplified the law of fraud, though Parliament has still kept in place some of the common-law offences such as conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to cheat the revenue. Read more

Mar
2012

Serious Fraud - A glance at the future 6 min read
March 28, 2012
The world's richest man, Warren Buffet, the American investor famously said "you can only find out whose swimming naked when the tide goes out." Around the time last year when we were all getting to used to the dreaded phrase 'credit crunch' and its unpleasant consequences another American, Bernie Madoff, must have been worried that he, and probably hundreds of his investors, were about to be exposed by the fast receding tide. It seems he wasn't the only one with reason to worry. Readers may recall that Madoff admitted last December that the asset management arm of his firm was a giant 'Ponzi fraud'. These frauds are really very simple; you take money from one investor and pay it to an earlier investor pretending that that is the return on his investment. Inevitably such schemes must at some stage collapse but as a great deal of Madoff's clientele were charities they were in no rush to call in investments. Since Madoff there has been the Sir Allen Standford scandal. He is another American billionaire and cricket magnate of Antigua. He is accused of fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Unfortunately, it appears that much of the money he had was invested with Maddoff - so the ripple effect of the credit crunch continues, and continues to these shores. Read more

Mar
2012

Fraud: Tax Evasion & Money Laundering 5 min read
March 28, 2012
In this short article we highlight the increasing importance of tax fraud type offences and money laundering cases. Read more

Mar
2012

Police Corruption 7 min read
March 12, 2012
On 4th December 1997 the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon (now Lord Condon) gave evidence to House of Commons Home Affairs Committee and accepted that there were corrupt officers in his force - he numbered them at around 100-250. The Met has done much since to rid its force of corruption but it is too much to expect any force to have no problems at all with 'bent coppers'. In this article we take a brief look at the law, the reasons why officers become criminals and the legal arguments that can be mounted by those on the wrong end of police corruption. Read more

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