Fraud and theft offences are serious crimes that can have significant consequences for the offender. If you have been accused of fraud or theft, it is important to get expert legal advice as soon as possible.
The team of criminal defence solicitors at Garratts has a wealth of experience in defending clients accused of these offences. Contact us today for a free initial consultation on 0161 344 2244 or on our 24-hour emergency number, 07971 163241.
What are fraud and theft offences?
Fraud and theft offences cover a wide range of crimes, from shoplifting to identity theft. In general, fraud refers to any crime where someone illegally obtains money or property by deceiving others, while theft is defined as taking something without the owner's permission.
However, there is some overlap between the two offences, as many crimes can be classified as fraud and theft. For example, someone who steals a credit card and uses it to make unauthorised purchases would be guilty of both theft and fraud.
While many people think of fraud and theft as victimless crimes, the reality is that they can seriously impact the lives of those involved. Victims of fraud can lose thousands of pounds, while those convicted of theft or fraud offences can face a lengthy custodial sentence.
If you have been charged or arrested with fraud or theft, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A qualified solicitor can help you understand the charges against you and develop a defence strategy.
At Garratts, we have a team of experienced fraud and theft solicitors who have successfully defended clients facing a wide range of charges. We understand the stress and anxiety that can come with being accused of a crime, and we will do everything we can to help you through this challenging time. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
What types of fraud and theft offences are there?
There are many different types of theft offences, each with its own set of penalties. The most common ones include
- handling stolen goods
- and armed robbery.
The sentence for the offences can range from conditional discharge for minor offences to life imprisonment for more serious offences. Minor offences are heard at the Magistrates Court, whilst serious offences are heard at the Crown Court.
What are 'Fraud Act' offences?
The Fraud Act 2006 created a new set of offences relating to fraud. These offences replaced the previous offence of obtaining property by deception and the offences of false accounting and making or supplying articles for use in fraud. The most common Fraud Act offences are:
Fraud by false representation
This offence occurs when someone makes a false representation, intending to make a gain for themselves or cause a loss to another person. For example, this could include falsely claiming to be selling items on eBay to obtain money from the sale without ever sending the goods.
Fraud by failing to disclose information
This offence occurs when someone fails to disclose information that they are under a legal obligation to disclose, intending to make a gain for themselves or cause a loss to another person. For example, this could include failing to disclose information about a financial product in order to sell it to someone.
Fraud by abuse of position
This offence occurs when someone abuses their position of trust to make a gain for themselves or cause a loss to another person. For example, this could include a bank manager approving a loan that they know the borrower will not be able to repay.
Who are the prosecuting authorities?
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in England and Wales. Other agencies may be involved, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
What penalties can occur for fraud and theft offences?
The penalties for fraud and theft offences depend on the severity of the offence and can range from a conditional discharge to life imprisonment. The sentence can be passed in the Magistrates Court or if they are serious offence then at the Crown Court.