Fraud / False Accounting

Fraud covers a wide range of offences from trying to use someone else’s credit card to organised large scale VAT carousels. False accounting charges often go hand in hand with fraud. Not only your reputation but also your liberty may be at stake!

A conviction for an offence involving dishonesty can be a serious handicap in the job market. You should not face prosecution for an offence of this type without legal representation.

Fraud is an imprisonable offence and the more serious cases proceed to the Crown Court.

There may be related a Proceeds of Crime Application upon conviction seeking the recovery of any money / property stolen, together with any perceived financial benefit you may have had from commission of the offence. The Crown may seek to argue that you have a criminal lifestyle and / or hidden assets.

If the Crown are successful in obtaining a Proceed of Crime order this will be for a specified sum which you will be ordered to repay within a specified time period. This is irrespective of whether you have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment for the offence(s). If you fail to repay the sum ordered then you will serve a term of imprisonment in default. Serving that term does not wipe out the debt. It remains payable.

Have you been invited to attend a police station? Some of the most important decisions made in relation to a case are made at the police station. If Morton’s solicitors are involved at an early stage of an investigation, we are often able to affect the outcome.

You are not obliged to say anything to the police and we advise all clients to maintain their right to silence until they speak with us.

A case can proceed solely on admissions made to the police without the need for witnesses to ever attend court.

You are entitled to have a solicitor present free of charge at any police interview. This is true for what may seem to be the most trivial offences, e.g. an altered bus pass. You should never be interviewed without legal representation.

Successfully defending an allegation of fraud often involves:-

• Detailed expert analysis of documentary evidence and exhibits

• Expert cross examination of the alleged victim and any other prosecution witnesses

• Cross examining police officers

• The instruction of expert forensic accountants

• The instructions of handwriting experts

• The instruction of forensic experts in fingerprinting

• The use of specialist computer analysts, who can counter any expert evidence relied upon to prosecute you

• Preparing defence witness statements

You need specialist and expert advice now! Morton’s solicitors can advise you and provide expert representation. Call us now for immediate advice.

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