Conspiracy to commit securities fraud is an offence in UK law. It can be defined as agreeing with one or more others to be dishonest in an involvement with stocks, investments or other securities. Behind it is the intention of benefiting financially or to cause another a loss or expose them to a risk of loss. It may also be known as conspiracy to commit investment fraud.

Committing securities fraud is the act of providing false information that can induce investors to make either sale or purchase decisions. These decisions can frequently lead to losses. Quite often what is being touted as the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ is worthless or doesn’t even exist.

Conspiracy to commit securities fraud is not taken lightly by the authorities. Typically, vulnerable people will be targets. In some instances, the crime being organised is additionally known as hedge fund fraud, bond fraud, share sale fraud or land banking fraud.

The conspiracy plan does not even need to have been carried out for there to be a hefty sentence given for a court conviction. Even the act of making the plan to work together with others or even one other to make money fraudulently is enough to be imprisoned. Those who carry out the plan can also be accused with other offences.

Being part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit securities fraud can be very stressful. It will make you feel anxious about what the outcome of any trial could be. Are you going to be imprisoned and be given a fine? What will happen to your dependents if they don’t have access to the finances that you usually support them with?

When you discover that you are under investigation for this crime, it’s vital that you seek competent legal advice immediately. By working with skilled and experienced fraud lawyers, there’s a chance that your case could even be shelved before it reaches the court stage.

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Have you been charged or arrested for conspiracy to commit securities fraud?    

If you have searched for this article and are now reading it, it’s quite likely that you or somebody close to you has been charged or arrested in connection to a conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

It’s also quite likely that you’ll be feeling under pressure, stressed and concerned about where the future may take you or your loved one.

To provide you with the support you need, we have collected the most frequently asked questions together with their answers. It’s our aim to guide you as you and your loved ones go through this challenging time.

What type of actions are considered conspiracy to commit securities fraud?

Conspiracy to commit securities fraud is about planning and agreeing to commit securities fraud or an investment fraud. It might be the agreement to set up what is known as a ‘boiler room’. A boiler room is an office where most securities fraud is run from.

Most securities frauds tend to target people over the age of 65 years. They will usually be contacted out of the blue, by phone, email or mail with an investment offer. There will be glossy brochures to back up the offer, a professional looking website and even certificates to give extra authenticity.

Planning to offer an investment opportunity – for instance, conspiring with another on how to defraud elderly people of their life savings. This may involve offering a share buying opportunity, or even the chance to invest in a block of land that is touted as being set to make thousands of pounds.

Conspiring to sell precious metals – for example, a conspiracy to sell gold or silver to the vulnerable, despite those metals not existing.

Planning to sell ‘secret’ stock tips – an example of this might be setting up a membership website that gives free research reports and special discounts to those looking to invest in a variety of schemes that you set up to look very credible.

There are many other examples. If you would like to know more about whether a crime that you’ve been linked to is classified as a conspiracy to commit securities fraud crime, you can always make contact with us for further information.

What happens in a Conspiracy to commit securities fraud investigation?

When a conspiracy to commit securities fraud investigation takes place you are likely to find it incredibly high pressure and stressful. You’ll be worried about how to provide for you and your family. If you’re in prison, making an income will not be possible unless you have passive income. Will your dependent relatives have enough money to cover food and bills?

Your entire life will feel upside down.

Each court case is unique, but whatever your situation it’s vital that you speak with a skilled fraud legal representative or criminal solicitor. Securing access to somebody who can give you some legal guidance, sensitive encouragement and counselling to assist you in handling the investigation process will make all the difference.

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have you been incorrectly accused of conspiracy to commit securities fraud?

There are many instances where people have been incorrectly charged with taking part in a conspiracy to commit securities fraud case. If this is a place you find yourself now, then a proficient lawyer should be able to get your case shelved.

In some cases, prosecutors will use the innocent as an example to find out who was involved. The most competent legal teams can immediately see through this attempt at mudslinging and will not tolerate the courts attempt to see what mud sticks.

Without a legal representative, you cannot find out more until the interview

It’s not until your first meeting with the police that you can find out why you have been arrested, accused or investigated.

A situation such as this demands the engagement of a knowledgeable solicitor before attending a police meeting. The lawyer can then ask the police for further information and ask to see evidence, as part of constructing their defence for you.

Any competent lawyer will advise that you do not attend a police station for an interview without being supported by a capable criminal lawyer.

The questions asked at the interview are very investigative. You may be shown evidence that the police have acquired to prove their case against you. The conversation will be stressful, and you may find it very troubling.

At the end of the interview, you may be accused of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.

What step should you take if you get arrested or charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud?

Conspiracy to commit securities fraud is a particularly complicated field of law. Though you don’t have to take legal counsel, we would always advise you to do so. British law is ever-changing, and without being always on top of what’s new, it’s impossible to stay current with comprehension.

What makes the distinction in engaging a criminal solicitor is that they have in-depth knowledge of the law, and they have obtained relevant and beneficial experience in comparable cases. They will be aware of how they may be able to get you off a charge of this nature. You are supported throughout the entire process so that you get the best possible outcome.

Hiring expert knowledge will provide you with peace of mind. We instruct that you get in touch with us as soon as you can so that we can evaluate your case before it gets further.

Can the police search my home?

A search warrant will be applied for at the courts. The police will use this to access your home for searching purposes.

What type of sentence could you get for Conspiracy to Commit Securities Fraud?

A conspiracy to commit securities fraud is usually heard at a Crown Court. If you are found culpable and convicted, you may be given up to ten years in jail, handed a fine or both. The maximum sentence of ten years is more often than not given to the most severe of cases.

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What mitigating factors may be considered in sentencing?

When two or more people are plotting or planning to defraud somebody through deception, the courts take this very seriously. In response, they will hand out a substantial penalty to deter others from following suit. It’s the role of the prosecutors to prove that you have acted dishonestly.

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Could you go to prison for Conspiracy to commit securities fraud?

Conspiracy to commit securities fraud is a severe offence that comes with significant punishment if you are convicted. You may be sent to jail for ten years and expected to pay a fine.

Of course, this is a very distressing time for you and your family. It’s critically important that you take the right steps to protect the wellbeing of you all.

It’s very important that you engage a criminal solicitor or fraud lawyer who handles conspiracy to defraud cases regularly.

Does a conviction for Conspiracy to commit securities fraud go on your criminal record?

If your conspiracy to commit securities fraud case progresses to court and you are found guilty and convicted, you will be handed a permanent criminal record.

How Can Stuart Miller Solicitors Help?

We deal with conspiracy to commit securities fraud cases regularly and have a deep proficiency in this legal field. We can help you by advocating the best course of action to take to diminish the result. No matter what the circumstances or size of your case, get in touch.

Our clients won’t typically understand that the prosecution must prove their involvement in the case. The trial must provide evidence so that the Jury is no less than confident, beyond any acceptable doubt in their mind, that you were in an Accord with the others (Conspiracy) and that you were deliberately dishonest in making or trying to make money or causing somebody loss.

While this is a high threshold for the prosecution to convict you, it’s critical that you are defended by Fraud Solicitors who focus in defending these prosecutions, who have a proven track record of success (see our Fraud Cases) and Fraud Solicitors who will go over and beyond the call of duty to try and win your case.

What will take place when I instruct a securities fraud lawyer?

We offer a dedicated Solicitor, Lawyer and Caseworker to each Conspiracy to commit securities fraud case, which will ensure an exceptional level of customer service throughout. You can be sure that someone will continually be available to assist you, and there is more than one legal mind being used to work on the issues in your case.

Our expert witnesses are some of the best in the UK and will examine, analyse and evaluate any evidence to discredit what the prosecution is trying to use as evidence.

We offer a consultation that is free of charge for you to discuss your case with us. We can take action for you at the police station for free, and after that, we can help to assess your financial eligibility for legal aid. We believe, no matter what your financial circumstances are, if the State prosecutes you, you must also be defended with funds by the State.

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