Specialist Fraud Solicitors in London
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Fraud Solicitors in London


Specialising in all areas of fraud activties such as identity fraud, cheque fraud, insurance fraud and other areas of fraud

If you are facing investigation, already under investigation, or have been arrested or charged with a serious crime, My brief Solicitors can help.

My brief solicitors hold a legal aid contract with the Government and can represent you from the police station to the Crown Court via the Magistrates court.

We deal with a whole variety of cases at My brief solicitors ranging from drunk and disorderly to murder.

We have an impressive record of successfully defending such cases, due to our resolute and robust representation of clients facing these serious allegations.

We can offer help at any stage of the proceedings, but an individual's chances of success are greatly improved by seeking advice at the earliest stage of an investigation.

Our senior solicitor, Jeremy Betts has supervised over 1000 criminal legal aid cases ranging from drunk and disorderly to murder.

We pride ourselves in going that extra step to help our clients.

Many of our clients have found themselves in an unfortunate position of being arrested for an offence. We ensure we understand each of our client's particular circumstances and tailor our advice to meet their needs.

We pride ourselves in putting forward robust bail applications and seeking out any legitimate avenues we can in order for our clients to be acquitted.

Even if there is little scope but to plead guilty, we often obtain better sentences than had the client gone elsewhere.

Although We are based in Kent we can assist our clients wherever they are in the country due to our many links with other firms and barrister chambers.

Your life is safe in our hands.



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Cases of fraud, counterfeit goods and false documents can range from low scale fraud such as using a stolen credit card to large and organised, professional counterfeiting operations such as MTIC Carousel Fraud and large counterfeiting operations. These cases are often complex and require a great deal of expertise.
We are able to draw on forensic accountants who have given evidence on our clients' behalf. These experts can provide reports which show an individual's or business's financial activity and liability.
Of course, we know that for businesses, the investigation of an offence can be more damaging than any sentence imposed.
The authorities impose freezing injunctions on accounts and stop a legitimate business from trading. There has been no trial at this point and a business is effectively shut down. In certain circumstances, freezing orders can be unfrozen and we can help get businesses back to work.
Since we also offer business advice, we can ensure you are given comprehensive advice. We can even help in a preventative way if you have doubts as to your business contacts.

What is Fraud ?

A fraud occurs whenever someone says or does something false to try and make himself a gain, or to cause another a loss. It must be done dishonestly.
A fraud can also be committed if someone fails to disclose information which they must in order to cause himself a gain or a loss to another. A separate offence exists when someone in a position of trust does this.
Possessing any article for use in a fraud is now an offence. An 'article' is anything real or electronic. This means that having credit cards in someone else's name to try and buy things in a shop is an offence. Possessing specialist machinery such as credit card skimming devices is also illegal, as is the sale and purchase of these devices. Potentially, a laptop computer could be illegal too if used to try and remotely hack into someone's wireless network and take their details. Identity fraud and credit card fraud are usually covered by this legislation.

Cheque Fraud

The most common cheque fraud occurs when someone buys goods with a stolen or fake cheque. Once the cheque has cleared the buyer obtains the goods, but when the fraud is discovered the money can be reclaimed from the seller. Typically high value items such as cars are bought in this way. The buyer may also write the cheque for a greater amount than the purchase price and ask for the surplus to be paid to him.

Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud is common and can take many forms. It may involve claiming insurance for items that never existed or over claiming for items that did. It could also involve arranging to have an accident to claim on your insurance.

Pyramid Fraud

This is an investment fraud named after Charles Ponzi who used it to great effect in the 1920s. It involves offering very high returns to investors over a short period, for example 15% over 28 days. People invest some and then sure enough get their 15% after 28 days. These investors will put more money in and spread the word. The new investors' money will be used to pay the older investors. The scheme will eventually collapse and the promoter will vanish with the investments.

Carousel Fraud

Businesses act as tax collectors for the government, saving up the VAT from sales they make and before paying it all to Customs and Excise. If a business buys goods from an EU member state, they pay no VAT on them, but will still charge VAT to their customers. When a business disappears and does not pay the VAT to Customs and Excise, this is called Missing Trader Intra Community (MTIC) Fraud, or "Carousel Fraud".

Counterfeit goods

A counterfeit is any item made to imitate something else and sold to deceive the buyer into thinking it is a genuine article.
Counterfeiting currency is said to undermine the economy of the country and for this reason it is treated much more seriously by the courts.

Passports and IDs

There has been a growth in this area of the recent years.
Possessing, manufacturing and distributing false documents are very serious offences.
Possessing articles or equipment to produce false documents is an offence. Printers, scanners, laminators, computers, software and blank passports or IDs are all required to make false documents. It is usually a sophisticated operation involving multiple parties.
Mere possession of a false passport or ID document is an offence. Sometimes however people will come to the UK wanting to work legitimately and earn for their family, but get pushed into acquiring false papers in order to do so.
Producing passports on a large 'professional' scale can result in 8-10 years imprisonment. Being involved in such an operation but on a lower level, such as a courier or deliverer can result in a sentence of 4-5 years. For just possessing a false passport, even innocently for work purposes, the sentencing guidelines state 12-18 months in jail is appropriate.

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