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Showing 1 - 10 of 18 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "Mersey-Cheshire"

Jailed farmer sentenced again for environmental offences

A farmer has been sentenced for organising the illegal felling of trees shortly before he was imprisoned for another environmental offence

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

Care home worker jailed for stealing from resident

A care home worker who stole a wedding ring and signet ring from an elderly resident whose wife had died just days before has been jailed.

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

Hotel owner jailed for fraudulent Eat Out to Help Out claims

A hotel owner has been jailed for fraudulently claiming thousands of pounds from Government schemes to help businesses survive the Covid crisis.

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

A benefits swindler who claimed money under two identities has been sentenced

Hossein Ali Najafi, 57, has today been sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment at Manchester Crown Square after he falsely claimed £349,000 worth of benefits he was not entitled to.

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

DWP officer sentenced for benefits fraud

A woman who worked for the Department of Work and Pensions has been sentenced for diverting benefits from claimants into her own bank account.

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

Teenage phone hacker who stole thousands of pounds is sentenced

A teenage phone hacker who stole more than £66,000 from both individuals and companies has been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for a year. 

| Press Release , Cyber / online crime, Fraud and economic crime , Mersey-Cheshire News

Landowning company fined in ground-breaking case

A landowning company in Yorkshire has been fined for allowing vegetation to be burned without a licence in an area of Special Scientific Interest.

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

Six men sentenced for animal welfare offences

The business operator of a slaughterhouse in Chester and six men who worked there have been sentenced for animal welfare offences including, in some cases, causing avoidable pain, distress or suffering to animals

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

Ticket tout jailed for defying football ban and going to the World Cup

A ticket tout who defied a football banning order to attend the World Cup in Qatar has been jailed.

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

Horse trader jailed for tax fraud

A man who ran a company trading in horses has been jailed for 28 months for tax fraud.

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

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