Fraud is criminal deception that is intended to result in financial or personal gain. There is an ever expanding list of types of fraud that a person may be accused of, and the introduction and widespread use of the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) means that these cases can become particularly complex, very long winded, and may result in the seizure of assets and the freezing of cash. By instructing an experienced lawyer you can help ensure that, whether you plead guilty or not to the crime, you will receive fair treatment and not be left without anything.
The type of fraud that you are accused of will typically determine who will prosecute or investigate the case against you. Likely agencies and authorities include the HMRC, FSA, and the Fraud Prosecution Service. All will attempt to provide that you deliberately and illegally deceived one or more people in order to try and make a financial or other form of personal gain.
More and more benefit fraud cases are being prosecuted, and these may involve lengthy investigation by government agencies. Typically, people that are guilty of this type of fraud will have claimed for one or more forms of benefit, including but not limited to housing benefit and unemployment benefit, knowing that they were not entitled to it, and by lying on applications. More serious cases may involve the creation of fake identities and addresses.
Insurance fraud is also commonplace, and the government has promised a crackdown on this type of crime. Non-existent injuries and even faked passengers may be included in insurance claims following accidents, and this is considered a form of insurance fraud that insurers take a particularly dim view of. Criminal rings may even orchestrate accidents themselves, ensuring that they look as though they were caused by the other motorist, and then claim highly inflated damages.
Fraud cases can become extremely complex, especially where multiple victims are involved, or where large sums of money that are difficult to trace and account for are involved. Ashcott Solicitors can not only help defend your case, but also provide you with assistance in fighting POCA cases that might be connected to your fraud case.
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