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Merseyside man jailed for benefit fraud

The law finally caught up with Norman Brennan from Merseyside this week, when he was jailed for three years for benefits fraud, reports Sky News.

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Crackdown on VAT fraud continues

HMRC’s crackdown on VAT fraud continues with the detention of a businessman from Fife in relation to a suspected £500,000 VAT repayment fraud. 

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Couple sentenced for £885,000 fraud

Cardiff couple Mark and Elizabeth Lewis have been sentenced for their parts in a large scale Gift Aid fraud believed to have cost the public revenue £885,000. Mark Lewis was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and his wife Elizabeth Lewis was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment suspended for two years.

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New analysis of UK bribery prosecutions

An analysis of UK bribery prosecutions has revealed that many of the bribes paid out by UK companies to secure business interests are relatively small when compared with the contract gains that result.

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Legislation to tackle human trafficking

The UK Government has announced new measures in England and Wales to ensure that human traffickers will face the full force of the law, with the maximum sentence for trafficking offences increased to life.

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Parole Board oral hearings challenge succeeds

In an interesting ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Parole Board breached three prisoners’ human rights by failing to offer them oral hearings.

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NCA begins operations

A man from Troon is among eight people arrested throughout the UK by the newly formed National Crime Agency (NCA) on suspicion of identity theft offences, reports the BBC.

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Fall in number of homicides

There was a 32% fall in the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland in 2012-13, according to new Government figures. These reveal that there were 62 murders over the last year, down from the 93 murders recorded in 2011-12.

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Serious Crime Prevention Orders in Scotland

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its proposal to introduce Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO) in Scotland.

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MEPs target organised crime

Earlier this week MEPs approved a European framework aimed at cracking down on organised crime, corruption and money laundering.

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MEPs approve new law on access to a lawyer

MEPs this week approved a new EU law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings.

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Reduction in Glasgow knife crime

Interesting figures obtained last week by the Evening Times newspaper indicate that there has been a reduction of almost 40% in knife attacks in the Glasgow area compared to last year’s figures.

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First appeal against 'whole life' tariff

A convicted murderer has become the first to appeal against his “whole life tariff” prison sentence since the European Court of Human Rights ruled that such sentences could be in breach of human rights, reports the Telegraph.

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Tax fraud and identity theft

Tax fraud takes many forms, as shown by a recent HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) prosecution concerning identity theft and Income Tax repayments.

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HMRC targets VAT fraud

In the latest example of its crackdown on VAT fraud, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last week announced the successful prosecution of a Birmingham man who had stolen £133,500 by charging his customers VAT but not passing it on to the Revenue.

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Increase in stop and search in Scotland causes concern

New figures have been published that appear to show the number of stop and searches being carried out in Scotland has doubled, leading to concern from human rights groups, reports the Scotsman.The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is believed to have asked Scotland's Chief Constable to investigate the reasons for such a sharp rise in cases.  There has apparently also been an increase in the number of successful outcomes from these searches, such as the discovery of drugs or weapons, but concerns have been raised that too great a use of these techniques could damage police/community relations.According to the Scotsman, senior police officers have pointed to falling crime rates and say the rise in stop and search is the result of improvements in suspect identification. The SPA however has stated it needs to sure the use of these controversial measures is "fair and proportionate."For specialist legal advice from our criminal defence solicitors based in Glasgow contact us today.

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Four sentenced for £6m film tax fraud

Four members of a London based gang were sentenced last week for their roles in a £6 million VAT and film tax credits fraud.Of the four, one absconded before the trial and was convicted in his absence. The remaining three, Amit Kumar, Afsana Karim and Sanjeev Mirajkar, were convicted following a seven week trial.

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FCA fines trader for market manipulation

For the first time the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has taken enforcement action against a High Frequency Trader, as part of its strategy to enhance the integrity of the UK’s financial markets.

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Beltrami & Co are Finalists in The Law Awards of Scotland 2013

We are delighted to announce that Beltrami & Co has been shortlisted as finalists in The Law Awards of Scotland 2013 in several categories alongside some of Scotland’s other most established law firms.

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Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office

The European Commission has set out plans to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget.

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