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Fraud is a very broad offence, with many manifestations. As such, it can be confusing trying to understand why judicial decisions were made the way that they were, and difficult to predict what yours might end up being. Having an overview of fraud cases and their outcomes can certainly help in this regard, however. Keep reading to discover the definition and sentencing guidelines for fraud by false representation, along with a table showing real life fraud cases and their outcomes (sentences and fines).
|Type of Fraud||Judgment Date||Financial Loss||Sentence||Link to Court Transcript|
|Charity||11/10/2013||£31,348||36 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Construction||12/8/2016||£12,500||24 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Counterfeit Goods||18/10/2016||Undisclosed||42 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Credit Card||26/10/2016||£5400||15 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Electoral Fraud||1/7/2005||Undisclosed||3 years and 7 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Employment||20/10/2010||£14,000||6 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Insurance||21/4/2015||£82,037||9 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Insurance||5/12/1997||£1,500,000||5 years’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Internet||2/10/2015||min. £4000||12 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Mortgage||13/6/2012||min. £200,000||12 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Phishing||4/3/2014||min. £284,000||42 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Services||4/6/2014||£4349||30 months’ imprisonment and damages of £4349||Read Court Transcript|
|Tax Evasion||12/8/2016||£290,000||36 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|VAT||26/10/2016||£11,700,000||5 years’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
|Vehicle||15/3/2016||min. £50,000||36 months’ imprisonment||Read Court Transcript|
With fraud being such a common offence, most criminal solicitors will have dealt with fraud cases. Few, however, will have the high rates of success like those achieved by the expert team at Stuart Miller Solicitors.
Some of our notable cases include:
|Type of Fraud||Claimed Loss||Sentence||Link to Transcript|
|Supermarket gift card fraud||£10,000||Case dropped||Read case details|
|Gang-related bank fraud||£1 million+||Acquitted||Read case details|
|ATM skimming fraud||Identity theft||Acquitted||Read case details|
|Luxury car fraud||£100,00+||Case dropped||Read case details|
Fraud by false representation cases actually fall under the wider offence known as ‘general fraud’. The law on general fraud is found primarily in the Fraud Act 2006, which states that there are three ways to commit general fraud:
As with other types of fraud, the prosecution must prove two points in court in order to establish a case of fraud by false representation:
The maximum sentence for fraud by false representation is 12 months’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine in the magistrate’s court, and 10 years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine in the Crown Court.
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(This page was last updated on November 27, 2023.)
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