Case fraud


Fraud cases have previously been notoriously complex, not least because there was no general offence for fraud, but rather a series of statutory crimes including obtaining property by deception and the common-law crime of conspiracy to defraud. The government undertook a consultation on changes to the law of fraud and the result has been the passing of the Fraud Act 2006 which came into force in 2007. The aim of the Act was not just to tidy up and consolidate the existing law on fraud, but also to create legislation that was aimed at tackling the increasing amount of technology-based fraud cases.

The Fraud Act 2006 defined three ways of committing fraud: false representation; failure to disclose information and abuse of position. The Act also created the offences of obtaining services dishonestly, possessing, making and supplying articles for use in fraud and fraudulent trading (applicable to non-corporate traders).

Fraud cases have been historically so complex that it has long been argued that jurors should not sit on these cases, as they are difficult to comprehend and can take months to hear. It was hoped that the consolidation of the law would make these fraud cases simpler for jurors and other legal personal. Unfortunately, the Act will never be able to take away the inherent complexity in the evidence and the sheer quantity of evidence which is common in complex fraud cases. As a result instructing a solicitor is essential if you are accused of, or have been a victim of, fraud

If you would like to obtain legal advice on fraud cases, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist fraud law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local fraud law solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above. 

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