Fraud can take many forms, from conspiracies to defraud prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, through confidence fraud, employee fraud or insurance fraud, to large or small-scale benefit fraud. The penalties for these types of crime can be considerable, and may involve the seizure of money and assets in order to recoup the financial gains that have been made from that particular crime. At 23 Essex Street we can offer assistance in all matters regarding accusations of fraud, including disputes regarding what is and what is not the proceeds of crime.
White Collar Fraud
White collar crime, or white collar fraud, usually involves deception or abuse of position by a person in a position of trust within an organisation. It may include the embezzlement of funds from a corporate account, or it may involve the fraudulent acquisition of funds and money from customers by a high ranking corporate figure.
Large financial frauds are usually charged as a conspiracy to defrau, and are often prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, although the CPS and other prosecution agencies do deal with some very high value cases. Charges under the Fraud Act 2003 may be brought, but also allegations of corruption, forgery, false accounting, or other Theft Act offences may be treated as frauds. While typically charges are brought against those who have are said to have made financial gains though dishonesty, any gain of any type may be considered fraudulent in certain circumstances.
Forgery may be the creation of false documents, or the tampering of existing documents, to show false and inaccurate information. If these actions are taken to deceive others, then it is considered forgery, and the prosecution may attempt to prove that your aim was to achieve personal gain from these fraudulent activities.
The severity and type of fraud that you are accused will determine the level and severity of the punishment received. There are defences that an experienced lawyer may be able to identify, or they may be able to argue that you should face a lesser charge. Contact us today so that we can ensure you receive the advice and representation that you require from a barrister at 23 Essex Street.