Have you been accused of fraud offences?
You are bound to be feeling the strain of what is a worrying and uncertain time. Our fraud solicitors can help to alleviate some of the stress and answer the questions you have, while providing expert guidance to bring the situation to a successful resolution.
Why choose our fraud solicitors to defend you?
Which fraud charges are you facing?
Fraud is a general term for deceiving someone or using criminal dishonesty in order to make a gain from a victim, or cause the victim to suffer a loss. Different types of fraud are prosecuted in different ways, but many of the main fraud offences are covered by the Fraud Act 2006.
Some of the most common fraud charges are:
Fraud by False Representation
Why have you been charged with fraud by false representation?
What can you expect after being charged with fraud by false representation?
If your case does go to trial at the Crown Court, the prosecution and defence will each present their cases to the jury, who will deliver a verdict as to whether you are guilty or not guilty. If the jury finds you guilty, the judge will sentence you.
Can you go to jail for fraud by false representation?
Sentences of that length are reserved for the most serious frauds. The length of sentence is determined by several factors, including the size of the fraud, any abuses of power or trust involved in the fraud, and previous convictions.
Six months’ imprisonment is the maximum sentence if your case is heard at a magistrates’ court.
Fraud by failing to disclose information
Why have you been charged with fraud by failing to disclose information?
Whatever the allegations, the Crown Prosecution Service has agreed with police that the evidence against you is sufficient for you to be prosecuted.
What can you expect after being charged with fraud by failing to disclose information?
Can you go to jail for fraud by failing to disclose information?
Longer prison sentences are reserved for frauds in which there are a large number of victims, the victim or victims were targeted based on their vulnerability, the fraudulent activity was carried out over a long period of time, and other aggravating factors.
Fraud by abuse of power
Why have you been charged with fraud by abuse of power?
What can you expect after being charged with fraud by abuse of power?
Can you go to jail for fraud by abuse of power?
The nature of fraud by abuse of power means the offence often entails some of the aggravating factors that result in longer sentences, such as abuse of a position of power, trust or responsibility and deliberately targeting a victim on the basis of vulnerability.
Conspiracy to defraud
Why have you been charged with conspiracy to defraud?
The fact that you are charged with this particular offence would suggest you have a considerable number of co-defendants. The Crown Prosecution Service generally favours this charge when large numbers of people are accused of working together to make money by dishonest means, such as through pyramid investment schemes, boiler room scams and advance fee frauds.
It is also used when the evidence is too complex or too weak for there to be a successful prosecution under one of the Fraud Act 2006 offences.