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Showing 1 - 10 of 76 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "CPS"

Numerous victims defrauded of nearly £4m in a complex investment scam

A fraudster has been jailed for his key role in a fake £3.7 million investment scam which stole from more than 40 victims.

Jonathan Allard, 39, was convicted of one count of fraud and now has been sentenced to seven years and two months (22 May 2023) at Southwark Crown Court.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

SENTENCE UPDATE: Man jailed for role in running website involved in multi-million-pound fraud

A man responsible for running a website used by fraudsters across the world has been imprisoned for being involved in a multi-million-pound fraud.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Updated with sentence: Three men jailed for supplying fraudulent passports to criminals

Three men who played major roles in supplying fraudulent passports to some of the most serious organised criminals have been jailed. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime, International and organised crime , CPS News

Updated with sentence: Senior Nigerian politician jailed over illegal UK organ-harvesting plot

A senior Nigerian senator, his wife and a doctor have been found guilty today of exploiting a vulnerable victim for illegal organ harvesting.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Two men convicted of conspiring to sell 9th century Anglo-Saxon coins

Two metal detectorists have been convicted of conspiring to sell criminal property and being in the possession of criminal property after attempting to sell Anglo-Saxon coins from a Viking hoard worth £766,000.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, North East News

Three imprisoned in one of Britain’s largest dark web drugs cases

Three criminals who used the dark web to distribute counterfeit drugs have been jailed today (31 March 2023) in one of the biggest operations of its kind. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Wessex News

Gang members who made millions illegally selling prescription medication have been sentenced

Three gang members who made £3.7m from illegally selling controlled drugs and prescription medicines online have today been sentenced. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Serial shoplifter convicted of multiple counts of fraud 

A woman, who shoplifted on an industrial scale and deceived retailers into refunding her for items that she never actually purchased, has been convicted of multiple counts of fraud and other offences.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, West Midlands News

Company director jailed for defrauding the taxpayer of more than £2 million

A businessman has been jailed for stealing over £2 million of taxpayers’ money while he was in control of multiple failing companies in the construction industry. He used the funds to pay off debts and purchase a cottage in Kent.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Fake doctor imprisoned for forgery and fraud costing the taxpayer over £1m

A bogus doctor has been jailed today (28 February) for forging her medical qualifications and fraudulently securing positions as a hospital psychiatrist.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

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