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Showing 1 - 10 of 87 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "CPS"

CPS authorise charge against Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidate

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised police to charge Jonathon Seed with making a false declaration in the nomination papers for the Wiltshire 2020 Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

An ex Cambridge Don ordered to pay £1.3 million in Confiscation Order

An ex Cambridge don fraudster who conned the Government has been ordered to pay back more than £1.3 million and faces eight-and-a-half years in prison if he fails to pay.

| Press Release , Proceeds of crime, Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

COVID-19 fraudster jailed for cyber scam

A COVID-19 text scammer has been jailed for 22 months today (20 August 2021) for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing personal banking details.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

COVID-19 vaccine fraudster jailed

A fraudster has been jailed at Kingston Crown Court today for pretending to offer a 92-year-old victim a COVID vaccine in exchange for money.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

VAT fraudster who spent money on Spanish homes is jailed

A prolific criminal who fraudulently claimed VAT repayments totalling £1.89 million in order to buy three homes abroad amongst other luxury items has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Anti-money laundering expert sentenced for allowing criminal money to be sent abroad

The former chairman of a UK group that represents the payment services industry has been sentenced today for an offence in connection with the laundering of the proceeds of an investment fraud worth £850,000 and involving more than 60 victims.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Art dealer and socialite jailed over theft linked to $1.375m pumpkin sculpture

An art dealer who carried out a theft of $1.275m over the sale of a giant pumpkin sculpture and plundered her masseuse of a further £50,000 has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, London South News

Woman who swapped diamonds for pebbles in £4.2m Mayfair heist convicted

A conwoman who swapped seven diamonds with pebbles at a central London jeweller’s in a heist worth £4.2m has been convicted.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, London South News

Fraudster ordered to pay £37 million

A high level fraudster who skipped his trial and fled to Dubai has been ordered to pay more than £37 million - and faces 10 years in prison if he fails to pay.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Oxford alumnus sent back to jail for non-payment of his confiscation order worth millions of pounds

An Oxford University alumnus has been sent back to prison for the non-payment of a confiscation order for his ill-gotten gains from a fake ‘green’ investment scheme.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

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