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CPS law clerk receives commendation from Judge in fraud case


Jill Savin, a law clerk for the CPS Special Casework Unit, has received a commendation from His Honour Judge Testar for her work in securing the convictions of ten men accused of fraud, totalling £3 million.

The defendants were accused of a series of frauds on banks in the London area over a number of years leading up to their 2004 arrest.

The gang used false names, identity documents and addresses to open various accounts with different high street banks. They would then obtain as much money as possible from the banks by running up overdrafts, obtaining bank loans and running up debts on credit cards.

Once the accounts had been opened in false names they credited individual accounts with cheques, which later proved to be fraudulent, giving the initial impression that the accounts were being conducted properly.

Owing to the complexity of the case and because there were so many defendants the trial was split into two, six defendants in trial one and four in trial two.

All defendants in trial one pleaded guilty before trial commenced. Nine out of the ten men were found guilty at trial and received sentences between fifteen months and four years, totalling 23 years imprisonment. The remaining defendant was found not guilty.

Throughout the case, the CPS, the police and Counsel worked together tirelessly.

Jill said "Although, like in any case, organisation is definitely the key, the quality of the paperwork received from the police for this case was exceptional. This made it a lot easier for me when I had to serve copies to all parties involved, including sets to defendants' solicitors and counsel."

It was this dedication and professionalism that prompted His Honour Judge Testar to commend Jill and her colleague Matthew McCabe, Lawyer, Special Casework, for their involvement in securing the convictions.

His Honour Judge Testar said: "In cases such as this, I'm always amazed at the amount of work done by so few people. I commend the preparation - a gargantuan task.

"I also commend Matthew McCabe and Jill Savin of the CPS, it's plain to me they've done everything that anyone could have expected of them in a case like this."

Jill said: "It is nice to get recognition for all my hard work not just in this case, but for my continuous hard work and achievements. Most of all, it made me feel appreciated and part of the process."