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

Woman sentenced for faking terminal illness to con charity into paying for her wedding

A woman who claimed she had terminal cancer so she could con a small charity into paying for a wedding ceremony has today been sentenced.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Fraudster jailed for stealing savings

A teenager who conned elderly victims out of thousands of pounds has been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Fraudster who pretended to be living life of espionage convicted for conning partner

A fraudster who used outlandish stories to manipulate his partner into handing over large amounts of money has today been convicted of fraud.

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

£1m fraudsters who funded notorious Nigerian organised crime gang jailed for 16 years

Three siblings who were working directly for the leader of a notorious Nigerian crime gang have been jailed today for a total of 16 years after laundering nearly £1m for the Black Axe organised crime syndicate through UK bank accounts.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

UPDATE: Dementia-faker who hid her father’s death faces jail for £750,000 benefit fraud

An amateur actress who feigned dementia and hid her father’s death for 12 years so she could claim £750,000 in public funds faces jail for the one of the largest ever cases of benefit fraud by a single person.

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

UPDATED: How the CPS proved the case against serial liar ‘Nick’ over false claims of VIP child abuse ring

The man known as ‘Nick’, whose false child abuse allegations sparked a £2million investigation into a VIP paedophile ring, will spend 18 years in jail after the CPS proved him to be a serial liar and a fraud.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime, Sexual offences , CPS News

Nine criminals sentenced for elaborately concealing and selling untaxed cigarettes and tobacco

A group of corner shop workers who evaded paying around £667,000 in tax by selling smuggled cigarettes and tobacco, have today (Friday 26 July) been jailed.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Police officer found guilty of £18,000 crash-for-cash fraud

Hardeep Dehal, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, has today (24 July) been found guilty of planning to fraudulently claim £18,415 in a staged crash-for-cash with a Tesco delivery van.

He was sentenced to 30 months’ immediate custody.

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

Accountant who stole more than £1 million from Bermudan Government must return funds

An accountant who stole more than £1.35 million to live out a lavish lifestyle has been ordered to pay thousands in compensation to the Bermudan Government.

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

Former priest sentenced for fraudulently retaining funeral fees

A former Assistant Curate was today at Winchester Crown Court sentenced to two years' imprisonment suspended for two years for committing fraud by abusing his position in retaining fees for funerals that should have been remitted to the Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance.

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

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