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Money launderers target litigators

Picture of US dollars for Expert witness storyThe Law Society has issued a warning to its members regarding two areas of litigation that have become the targets of money launderers. The two favourite targets are debt recovery and matrimonial litigation.

According to the Law Society Gazette, guidance to help firms avoid being the victim of fraudsters has been reissued by Chancery Lane.

There is, according to the article, a perception that solicitors engaging in litigation may not be sufficiently vigilant on client due diligence that has lead both money launderers and fraudsters to target law firms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:40

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Father and daughter guilty of legal fraud

A father and daughter from Nelson, Lancashire, pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court on 25 July to running a £250,000 legal fraud, part of which involved defrauding the Legal Services Commission (LSC) with regard to legal aid.

Mohammed Arshid Khatana and his daughter Mahria Khatana were arrested after a three-year investigation by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the LSC. Enquiries into the Khatana's two companies – POCA Consulting Ltd and Ultima Consulting – revealed that, despite having no legal qualification or accreditation, they would offer legal representation to clients in proceeds of crime and other criminal matters.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:12

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Carousel fraud attracts heaviest sentence

Expert Witness crime story Ravjani pictureConfiscation proceedings are underway to recover assets following the successful prosecution of a 15-strong criminal gang who attempted to defraud in excess of £176m in VAT through complex mobile phone trading scams – a so-called 'carousel fraud'. The ring leader, Dilawar Ravjani, was jailed for 17 years: the longest sentence ever given to an individual in the UK for this type of fraud.

The gang claimed to have sold four million mobile phones worth £1.7bn. In many cases the phones did not exist and the fraud came to light when they claimed to have sold thousands which were of models not then available in the UK. Over 5,700 fake business transactions were created, including many by vans crossing and re-crossing the Channel and amassing paperwork.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:01

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General public can become their own legal expert

Your Expert Witness HandcuffsThe public can now track online what happened after a crime was committed in their neighbourhood, using new data published on the Government's crime mapping website, Police.uk. In this new development, residents can not only access street-level crime data but also see what action the local police have taken as a result. The site will also start to show whether offenders went to court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:56

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Mad or bad? Expert witnesses and the Breivik trial

Your Expert Witness anders breivikNorwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people last year, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad? The Conversation reports.

Published in collaboration with The Conversation, a website that features commentary, research and analysis from Australian universities and the CSIRO.

On July 22, 2011, Norwegian Anders Breivik killed 77 people, as a statement against Norway’s liberal immigration policies. He was a member of an extreme right wing group and a product of a dysfunctional childhood. But was he rational and deliberate, or just mad?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:59

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