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Showing 1 - 10 of 100 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "CPS"

Pharmacist jailed for stashing £1.2million worth of Class C controlled drugs to sell illegally

A pharmacist, who was found with £1.2million worth of Class C controlled drugs to sell without prescriptions, has today been jailed.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Group sentenced for making £870k-worth of false childcare claims

A group of mothers and two men who conspired to make £870,000 in false childcare claims, have been sentenced for their part in the scam.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Animal trader convicted of illegal trading in nearly extinct baby eels

An animal trader was convicted today (7 February) at Southwark Crown Court of illegally smuggling critically endangered baby European eels.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Five directors jailed for hiding payments to avoid paying £2.6 million in tax

Five directors of a printing and mailing business who attempted to conceal sales of more than £3 million in a bid to avoid paying tax have been jailed.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Car trader and associates found guilty of laundering stolen £1.25 million

Three people who conspired to launder £1.25 million stolen from a business linked to a property entrepreneur have been convicted for their part in the plot.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Woman jailed for conning her friend into giving up her job for a dream post that never existed

A woman has been jailed for conning her friend into giving up her job to take up a dream post that never existed.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Two property developers jailed for failing to pay almost £1million tax

Two property developers who failed to pay the tax due on the profits they’d made from successful house sales, have been jailed.

Madhu Bhajanehatti, 45, and Himat Chana, 60, were property developers, buying and selling houses across London between 2002 and 2009.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Couple who lived as man and wife with their three children jailed for housing benefit fraud

A man and woman who lived together and had three children together but claimed they weren’t a couple have been jailed for £108,754 of benefit fraud.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Former lawyer sentenced for benefit fraud

A former lawyer who said he could not walk without help, but was spotted driving a miniature locomotive, has been sentenced for benefit fraud.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Fraud case brought over false air quality data

A council employee has been given a suspended prison sentence for committing fraud, after falsifying air quality data.

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

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