January 26, 2016

Conspiracy to defraud

The charge of conspiracy to defraud is wide-ranging, but ultimately revolves around whether or not a defendant has made an agreement to commit a criminal fraud.

This common law offence stands apart from the statutory fraud offences which now exist –  prosecution teams use it to catch the less specific cases which statutory law does not cover.

Cases are not uncommon and can often be large and complicated, involving many defendants and charges. In the local area, there have been two notable cases in recent years.

Nazam Hussain Ashiq of Dewsbury was sentenced to 3 years for conspiracy to defraud, as well as multiple sentences for money laundering, in 2012 for his part in dealing with the proceeds of a drug deal. More recently, two Huddersfield residents received sentences as part of a ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud.

This is considered to be a serious offence and carries sentences of up to 10 years. There are many mitigating factors which can affect sentencing, from the vulnerability of a victim to the time scale of the fraud, meaning that swift professional representation is essential.

What to do if you are charged with conspiracy to defraud

Our experienced team will be able to advise you if you have been implicated in this form of common law. Find out more about the legal definition of conspiracy or contact us to discuss your case.

Sentences for conspiracy

Conspiracy to defraud is treated seriously and is an indictable only offence (meaning it will be tried in the Crown Court).  On conviction, the defendant may receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years and or a fine depending on the specific circumstances of the offence.

How can we help?

If you are being investigated or prosecuted for conspiracy to defraud, contact the criminal defence lawyers at Qamar Solicitors immediately for urgent specialist legal advice from fraud experts.  We can assist you early in the investigation and it is imperative you contact us as soon as possible.