Fraud and the English legal system Term Paper

This paper outlines the key problems with prosecuting for fraud under the English legal system.
# 150419 | 1,627 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Feb 15, 2012 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Law (Fundamental Laws of England)

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This paper examines the problems associated with prosecuting fraud under the English legal system. It highlights fraud as being of a very different nature to other crimes, and illustrates the problems associated with prosecuting fraud under the English legal system. The discussion argues that fraud is currently particularly hard to prosecute for a number of reasons. Firstly the discussion highlights a recent case of fraud that was detected by the organisation the Cheshire Building Society to illustrate just how hard fraud is to detect and how widespread and diverse it can be. This particular case has yet to go to trial but the identities and professions of the six people who have been charged, as well as there backgrounds, give us a clear indication of just how complicated such cases can be. The discussion then moves on to an overview of how fraud is dealt with by the UK legal system, in particular, highlighting the fact that there is no specific crime of fraud and that prosecution for such crimes often focuses on eliciting repayment rather than criminal charges.

From the Paper:

"Fraud has increasingly become a more important issue within life in the UK, particularly as organised crime has started committing more and more fraud, and has used fraud as a means of raising funds for other aspects of their business, it has become more and more of an issue for the British police and therefore the legal system. However, by the admission of the police themselves, fraud is often particularly hard to detect. A recent press release from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) stated that 'Mortgage fraud is attractive to criminals because of the current low risk of detection and high profit opportunities' (ACPO 2008 p.1). Therefore where there are organisations such as organised crime networks, fraud is a very popular way of making money because of the low risk. The same ACPO report also highlighted confirmed mortgaged fraud in 2007 of approximately L700m (ACPO 2008 p.2)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ACPO (2007, February 20). The Nature, Extent and Economic Impact of Fraud in the UK.
  • ACPO. "Police committed to tackling mortgage fraud." 2008. ({7F278B1E-CA47-4C00-AFD2-CC599E4BA786} 10 January 2010)
  • Arlidge, A., Parry, J. and Gatt, I. (1996) 2nd ed. Arlidge & Parry on Fraud. London:Sweet & Maxwell Limited
  • Einstadter, Werner. Henry, Stuart. (2006). Criminological theory: an analysis of its underlying assumptions (2nd Ed.). Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Law Commission (2002) The Law Commission recommends a simpler law of fraud

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