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Hollywood Conman Ends Up in the Can

The owner of a film production company based in Hollywood has been jailed for three years and eight months after stealing £1.6 million in VAT from the UK taxpayer, which he used in order to live a life of luxury in America. He has also been disqualified from acting as a company director for eight years.

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European Action against Money Laundering

The European Commission has welcomed the recent agreement by the European Council to its anti-money laundering package.

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Cybercrime Tops List of Fraud Concerns

Cybercrime is one of the biggest concerns for UK businesses, according to EY’s 13th Global Fraud Survey.

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Use of Stop and Search under Review

A report containing recommendations aimed at improving the targeting, effectiveness, and transparency of the use of stop and search tactics by Police Scotland has been published by the Scottish Police Authority.

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Insurance Fraud Hits Record Level

There was an 18% increase in fraudulent insurance claims in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to recently published figures by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The total value of claims in 2013 was a record £1.3 billion, which is apparently more than double the cost the UK’s shoplifting bill.

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Men Jailed for VAT Fraud

In another recent prosecution by HMRC, three men have been jailed for over 14 years after conning several UK companies by pretending they had £15 million to spend to promote tourism in Dubai. They were apparently caught after attempting to fraudulently claim a £1.9 million VAT refund.

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HMRC Extradites Man for Money Laundering Offences

A Scottish man who was wanted in connection with a £11.6 million criminal money laundering scheme has been extradited back to Scotland from northern Cyprus, HMRC has reported.

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Managing the Risk of Benefit Fraud

A recent report from the UK Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee has warned of uncertainty over how the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will manage the housing costs element of Universal Credit without increased risks of fraud and error.

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Government Cracks Down on Banned Drivers

Tougher sentences are to be given to banned drivers who cause death or serious injury on the roads, under new measures published by the UK Government.

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Fraud attempts on the rise in financial services sector

Recently released figures from Experian have revealed a sharp rise in the number of detected and prevented fraud attempts for financial services products in the second half of 2013.

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Government announces delay to its plans for corroboration

The Scottish Government has announced a delay in its plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal cases.

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New criminal offence for tax evaders

Plans to introduce a new strict liability criminal offence for individuals who hide their money offshore are to be published for consultation by the Government.

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Rise in incidence of employee fraud

Cases of fraud committed inside an organisation by its employees rose by 18% in 2013 compared with 2012, according to the latest report from CIFAS – the UK's Fraud Prevention Service.

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Identity crime makes up large proportion of frauds

New data from CIFAS reveals that six out of every ten frauds recorded on its database in 2013 were dependent on the abuse of identity details.

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Company fined for anti-bribery and corruption systems failings

Earlier this month, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined Besso Limited £315,000 for a failure to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of bribery and corruption.

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European Investigation Order directive

In a move aimed at improving judicial cooperation in the EU so that investigations can proceed more quickly and efficiently, the Council has now adopted a directive regarding the European Investigation Order (EIO) in criminal matters.

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Economic crime against financial firms increases

Economic crime against financial services organisations continues to rise around the world, according to recent research by PwC. The advisory firm’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey reveals that 45% of financial services respondents say they have been victims of economic crime.

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London money launderer jailed

In an interesting money laundering case from England, a man has been found guilty of laundering the proceeds from a £5.3 million alcohol smuggling plot and jailed for five and a half years.

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Europe proposes new rules on money laundering

The ultimate owners of companies and trusts would have to be listed in public registers in EU countries, under updated draft anti-money laundering rules approved by a specialist committee of the European Parliament last week.

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Dramatic increase in trafficking of British children

A dramatic increase in the number of British-born children being trafficked for sexual abuse has been revealed in figures released recently by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Guardian reported this week.

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