Sam Stein QC
“Get a top fraud barrister on your side from day 1”
Although primarily a financial crime, fraud can be an extremely emotive crime for victims that have lost money, and the courts will often take a dim view if the victims are considered to be vulnerable, for example because of their age or because of their status. As well as major fraud cases, that can include the prosecution of organised credit card fraud rings, cases may also include others, such as car insurance fraud and benefit fraud.
The likely sentence will depend on the type of fraud, the amount of money and number of victims involved, and any other circumstances surrounding the case. As well as the prosecution of the crime itself, the courts will sometimes freeze cash and assets, forcing the accused to live off a small stipend, and they may also demand that the fraudster repay the money that they made from their crimes under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.
Car insurance fraud figures have risen considerably over recent years, and the courts take a dim view on this type of crime. Such cases may be brought against a single person that has attempted to claim more than the money that they are due following a genuine accident, or a case may include several defendants and involve crashes that have been orchestrated intentionally, with the primary intent of fraudulently claiming.
Internet and digital fraud, along with identity and data theft, are often also considered to be part of a fraud investigation. In these cases, especially, it is common for the courts to freeze the cash and assets of those that are being tried. Whether you are guilty or innocent of the crime that you are accused, it is important that you have enough money to live on and that you do not surrender more than your crimes provided.
Fraud cases can be intensely complex, and may involve large volumes of data, as well as evidence from a number of professionals and experts in their field. In order to ensure that you receive a fair trial, enjoy a fair result, and that you do not have to surrender money that you do not owe, you should ensure that you have a professional lawyer that is experienced in dealing with financial crimes, and specifically with cases of fraud.
© 2014 Sam Stein QC