Sunday 20th January 2019
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Disgraced financial adviser jailed for seven years

A DISGRACED financial adviser has been jailed for seven years for charges related to selling fraudulent investments. Christopher Paul Byrne was initially due to be sentenced earlier this month but the hearing was abruptly adjourned when the 50-year-old’s advocate, Olaf Blakeley, said his client was helping Guernsey authorities with their investigations into a company that […]

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Insurance firm investigation

THE finances of Jersey Mutual Insurance Society are being investigated by the police after ‘potential fraudulent activity’ spanning a number of years came to light. On Thursday, the organisation, which has served the Island for just under 150 years, sent a letter to all of its members informing them of the situation and confirmed that […]

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Business fraud in the UK hits 15-year high

Fraud in the UK hit its highest level in 15 years in 2017, according to a new analysis, with financial services frauds quadrupling year-on-year. The total value of large reported frauds reached £2.11bn during the last year, according to accountants BDO. The research found a total of 577 cases in 2017, almost triple the 212 […]

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SEC seeks trustee for firm behind alleged $1 billion Ponzi fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged a federal judge on Wednesday to appoint a trustee to manage the Woodbridge Group of Companies, a bankrupt property developer the regulator accused of being a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Woodbridge filed for bankruptcy in December and weeks later the SEC sued to freeze its assets, accusing it […]

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Fraudsters target NatWest customers using fake texts

Fraudsters are tricking victims into handing over personal details by sending fake texts which appear to be genuine NatWest messages – and have used the sophisticated scam to steal more than £100 from one woman. Scammers are able to make the fake texts appear in the same message chain as previous, genuine messages from NatWest […]

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Handwriting to help Govt catch gangs behind mass-scale benefit fraud

Artificial intelligence will be used to clamp down on fraudsters claiming millions of pounds of bogus benefit payments. The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said its new state-of-the-art algorithms can detect a number of identity cloning techniques which have been commonly used by organised criminal gangs committing mass-scale benefit fraud. Under the system, investigators […]

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Jersey lawyer faces Money laundering charges and charges involving the alleged criminal and fraudulent use of client money

A LAWYER has appeared in the Magistrate’s Court to face 38 charges involving the alleged criminal and fraudulent use of more than £100,000 of client money. Centenier Shirley Madden said that 29 of the 38 offences were allegedly committed between 24 September 2008 and 25 November 2010. Those 29 allegations relating to the alleged use […]

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Amber Rudd announces new national economic crime centre for UK

Billions of pounds have been laundered through the City of London, despite Britain remaining one of the safest and cleanest places in the world to do business, the home secretary has said. Amber Rudd issued the warning as she announced plans for a new national economic crime centre, with the power to task the Serious Fraud […]

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