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Father and daughter guilty of legal fraud

A father and daughter from Nelson, Lancashire, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court on 25 July to running a £250,000 legal fraud, part of which involved defrauding the Legal Services Commission (LSC) with regard to legal aid.

Mohammed Arshid Khatana and his daughter Mahria Khatana were arrested after a three-year investigation by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the LSC. Enquiries into the Khatana's two companies – POCA Consulting Ltd and Ultima Consulting – revealed that, despite having no legal qualification or accreditation, they would offer legal representation to clients in proceeds of crime and other criminal matters.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:18

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Carousel fraud attracts heaviest sentence

Expert Witness crime story Ravjani pictureConfiscation proceedings are underway to recover assets following the successful prosecution of a 15-strong criminal gang who attempted to defraud in excess of £176m in VAT through complex mobile phone trading scams – a so-called 'carousel fraud'. The ring leader, Dilawar Ravjani, was jailed for 17 years: the longest sentence ever given to an individual in the UK for this type of fraud.

The gang claimed to have sold four million mobile phones worth £1.7bn. In many cases the phones did not exist and the fraud came to light when they claimed to have sold thousands which were of models not then available in the UK. Over 5,700 fake business transactions were created, including many by vans crossing and re-crossing the Channel and amassing paperwork.

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General public can become their own legal expert

Your Expert Witness HandcuffsThe public can now track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, using new data published on the Government's crime mapping website, Police.uk. In this new development, residents can not only access street-level crime data but also see what action the local police have taken as a result. The site will also start to show whether offenders went to court.

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Mad or bad? Expert witnesses and the Breivik trial

Your Expert Witness anders breivikNorwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people last year, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad? The Conversation reports.

Published in collaboration with The Conversation, a website that features commentary, research and analysis from Australian universities and the CSIRO.

On July 22, 2011, Norwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad?

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New custody guidance published

Your Expert Witness cuffsA new, second edition of the ACPO Guidance on the Safer Detention and Handling of Persons in Police Custody has been published. The guidance focuses on practical issues within custody and aims to provide a definitive guide to police forces on strategic and operation policies to raise standards of care within custody.

Along with ACPO itself and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), the guidance was shaped by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The IPCC made a number of recommendations on best practice as a result of learning from its investigations into deaths and serious injuries, complaints appeals and its Study of Deaths in or Following Police Custody, which have been reflected in the new guidance.

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