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Showing 1 - 10 of 11 results for crime type "Fraud and economic crime" & area "Mersey-Cheshire"

Woman sentenced for claiming disability benefits while taking part in anti-fracking demonstrations

A woman who was being paid one of the highest levels of disability benefits while she was taking part in anti-fracking protests has been given a 23-week jail sentence, suspended for two years.

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

Disgraced solicitor jailed for defrauding his firm out of £13,000

A former solicitor who defrauded the clients of his Liverpool based firm out of more than £13,000 has been sentenced to 12 months today (25 Feb).

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

Woman who claimed housing benefit while living in the Big Brother House sentenced

A woman who continued to claim housing benefit despite living in the Big Brother house on the reality TV show has been ordered to pay back £12,000 and do 200 hours of unpaid community work.

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

Woman jailed for stealing from Bus Drivers’ Christmas Savings Club

A woman has been jailed for stealing £76,000 from a Christmas savings club for bus drivers on Merseyside.

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

Woman jailed for stealing from an elderly widow

A Liverpool woman who stole thousands of pounds from a 95-year-old widow that she had been looking after has been jailed for a year.

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

Magistrate jailed for cheating the benefits sytem

A magistrate who cheated the benefits system out of tens of thousands of pounds by lying about her mobility and care needs has been jailed for nine months today (30 October).

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

Fraudster jailed after claiming daughter injured in Manchester bombing

A director of an insurance firm who claimed that her daughter had been injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack in order to get a £2,500 insurance payout has been jailed for two years today (18 September).

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

Care home boss who stole millions from residents jailed

The owner of a care home who tried to defraud residents out of £4.1million by isolating them from their families and persuading them to make him a beneficiary of their wills has been jailed today (13 July).

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

Conman found guilty of offering people fake jobs and pocketing money for security checks

A conman has been jailed for four years for offering fake counselling jobs to people and pocketing the money he said was needed for security checks.

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

Married police officers sentenced for selling car crash data

Two married constables working for Lancashire Police have been sentenced today (6 October 2017) for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.

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

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