R v M. (Operation Quantile) – North Yorkshire Police Major Fraud Unit. A 7-week trial against single defendant. Represented director of investment company. Allegations of fraud relating to property investment in Cyprus. The value of the fraudulent transactions was approximately of £5.8 million. The case involved 2 discreet allegations of fraud. The first allegation involved over 40 individual investors. The second allegation related to the funding for 3 commercial developments and involved two groups of sophisticated commercial investors. Issues arose as to the construction of a variety of complex financial instruments. This formed the basis of legal argument and a successful submission at the close of the Crown’s case. The trial ran for 8 weeks.
R v Clifford Field – Guildford Crown Court – This case involved in a large-scale sophisticated medical fraud involving the supply of medical supplies to a number of hospitals. These items included surgical instruments, replacement joints and a variety of consumerable items. It was alleged that the fraud took place over a lengthy period of time and involved a number of companies that were under the control of Mr Field. The second defendant was employed by B.U.P.A at their Gatwick Park hospital in the capacity of Supplies Manager. In that role he was responsible for ordering medical supplies, the receipt of deliveries and the distribution of these supplies within the hospital.
A number of discrepancies were discovered in the hospital’s ordering records. A number of the orders were from companies who were not accredited suppliers. Suspicion also attached to the fact that one of the orders were for goods that were obsolete. Further documentation relating to the purchases from the aforementioned companies and found that there were substantial discrepancies.
An internal investigation into the second defendant’s activities revealed dubious practises on the part of Mr Rapley and it was the Crown’s case that an audit of the Hospital’s stores revealed that items alleged to have been recently ordered were missing and unaccounted for. It was suggested that the second defendant had behaved in a corrupt manner in lieu of bribes made to him.
The Police seized records generated over the preceding 4 year period and a detailed analysis of these exhibits demonstrated that the items ordered from the companies associated with Mr Clifford-Field were not delivered. It was further alleged that the hospital’s computer system was deliberately manipulated in an attempt to conceal the transactions.
The Crown also undertook extensive investigations into the companies under the control of Mr Clifford Field and also bank accounts under his control.
Defendant and solicitor advised pre-trial and throughout the process.
Prosecuted by Leading Junior and Junior counsel.
R v G – Cambridge Crown Court – The defendant was an Army Major involved in the procurement process of large-scale government contracts. The defendant was alleged to have been involved in a sophisticated and corrupt scheme to award army contracts to suppliers for his own benefit. The alleged criminal conduct covered a number of transactions over a lengthy period of time. It was further alleged there was a deliberate attempt by the defendant to fabricate documents to cover his activities and to use his rank within the Army to ensure that junior soldiers complied with his demands. The defendant was charged with corruption, theft and perverting the course of justice. The preparation of the case involved detailed analysis of the Army’s procurement process; cataloguing and storage practice; and documentary records.
R v Wright – Nottingham Crown Court – The defendants were charged with money laundering, theft and fraud relating to in excess of £2m said to have been misappropriated from nationwide U.K charities dealing with appeals for children with cancer
R v Luu – Birmingham Crown Court – 8 – handed case involving multiple allegations of conspiracy relating to immigration offences, benefit fraud and mortgage fraud. Prosecuted by leading junior and junior.
R v Corbett – Southwark Crown Court – 5 handed conspiracy to defraud and subsequent confiscation proceedings arising from £10m boiler room fraud in the UK and Spain. Prosecuted by Q.C and Junior.
R v Joseph – Leicester Crown Court – 8 handed Conspiracy to defraud insurance companies involving a fraudulent car accident claims in the