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Showing 1 - 10 of 78 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "CPS"

Former council employee jailed after roofing work fraud

A ex-council worker and a roofing firm worker have been jailed for fraud and bribery after they conspired to defraud New Forest District Council.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Last of a group of lawyers convicted for defrauding the Legal Aid Agency

A barrister and part-time immigration tribunal judge has been found guilty of defrauding the Legal Aid Agency, along with other lawyers, by falsely claiming defence legal costs.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Criminals who laundered fraudulently-obtained life savings in £12 million shares scam sentenced

Three men who laundered funds fraudulently obtained from 350 people tricked into investing more than £12 million in non-existent or worthless shares have been sentenced today.

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

UPDATED: Consultant who faked payments to peers and defrauded the Police Federation banned from being a company director

Christopher McEvoy was handed a suspended 14-month prison sentence on 2 February 2024, and disqualified from being the director of any company for two years.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Men jailed for laundering more than £12m of criminal cash

Two men have been jailed for their role in operating an organised crime group which laundered more than £12 million of criminally obtained cash in the UK. 

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

Man convicted for running illegal financial service for people smugglers

 An illegal money service bureau owner who operated as a banker for criminals smuggling migrants into the UK has today been convicted. 

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

Fraud gang jailed after stealing charity donations in organised scam

Seven people have been jailed after an organised fraud which saw public donations worth hundreds of thousands of pounds stolen from life-saving charities.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Duo jailed for impersonating police officers to defraud victims of over £400,000

Two men who pretended to be police officers and preyed on elderly victims in a fraud involving more than £400,000 were imprisoned today (Tuesday 19 December 2023).

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Fraudster forced to pay back £1 million to victims

More than 200 people who were conned into buying useless investments have received payouts from the money recovered from the fraudster.

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

Drug smugglers foiled by farmer jailed over £29 million plot

Two men, whose conspiracy to smuggle drugs and cigarettes into the UK was foiled after a farmer accidentally spotted a consignment of cocaine, have been handed lengthy prison sentences today.

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

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