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Expert Witness : Criminal

Offenders to pay more toward victim services

Picture of Helen Grant for Expert Witness storyFrom 1 October new rules will come into force making more criminals to pay towards supporting victims of crime, following an announcement by Helen Grant (pictured), the minister at the Justice Department responsible for victims' redress.

In an overhaul of the way services for victims and witnesses of crime are funded, the 'victim surcharge' will be increased and extended. Currently offenders who have been fined contribute a surcharge of £15 – accounting for around a sixth of the funding for victims' services. Taxpayers provide the rest. Extending the victim surcharge is part of the government's plan for offenders to provide up to £50m more each year for victim services.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:19

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Police custody in Greater Manchester - Firm foundations for improvement in place, but still more to do

 

Police custody provision in Greater Manchester was heading in the right direction but there were some significant concerns, said Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons, and Dru Sharpling, HM Inspector of Constabulary, publishing the report of an unannounced inspection.
 The inspection was part of a national programme of joint inspections of police custody. It looked at ten custody suites operating 24 hours a day in: North Manchester, Longsight, Pendleton, Swinton, Tameside, Cheadle Heath, Bolton, Wigan, Bury and Chadderton, as well as two standby suites at Stretford and Oldham. Overall there were some areas of excellent practice, but some areas which still needed to be addressed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:19

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Money launderers target litigators

Picture of US dollars for Expert witness storyThe Law Society has issued a warning to its members regarding two areas of litigation that have become the targets of money launderers. The two favourite targets are debt recovery and matrimonial litigation.

According to the Law Society Gazette, guidance to help firms avoid being the victim of fraudsters has been reissued by Chancery Lane.

There is, according to the article, a perception that solicitors engaging in litigation may not be sufficiently vigilant on client due diligence that has lead both money launderers and fraudsters to target law firms.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:18

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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.

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 April 2018 09:18

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