R V MOHAMMED RASOOL
Operation Banjax was a complex and extremely voluminous diversion fraud. Mr Rasool was placed as a lead figure in an organised crime group and was said to be responsible together with others for significant losses to the Exchequer through associated large scale VAT and excise duty frauds. According to HMRC the figure attributable to laundering the proceeds of these crimes was in excess of £100 million.
R v WILLIAM CANNING Lefi was instructed as Leading Junior
VAT fraud concerning alcohol smuggling on a commercial scale with a loss of duty in excess of £1.951 million. Mr Canning was allegedly the main organiser and Lieutenant of the operation. The Crown’s case was that this was a highly sophisticated operation concerning eight defendants who were organised by Mr Canning who appeared second on the indictment together with the ‘money man’ who was first on the indictment. Following the first defendant giving evidence a “cut throat” begun between the first two defendants resulting in the first defendant being convicted of nine counts and Mr Canning being acquitted of seven counts.
R v MOHHAMMED YUSUF Lefi was instructed as a Leading Junior
Money Laundering Fraud in excess of £37million over an eleven month period. The matter was complex involving multiple defendants and was heard at the Central Criminal Court. There were over 16,000 pages of Prosecution evidence. The case involved the set up of at least 20 ghost bank accounts where money was transferred. The source of the money ranged from drugs to very high value mandate frauds. This case concluded with Mr Yusuf being acquitted of all counts.
R v DEMI CHARALAMBOUS Lefi was instructed as a Leading Junior
Conspiracy to defraud involving allegations of a series of representations being made to Barclays Bank plc by Mr Charalambous and his father in order to obtain monies to invest in properties. The Prosecution evidence sought to prove that Mr Charalambous lied to solicitors concerning the status of the deposit monies on the relevant properties. The value of this fraud was in excess of £2.9 Million. This matter was closely linked to two other matters concerning a £30m fraud.
R v MOHAMMED ALI Lefi was instructed as a Leading Junior
Trading Standards case concerning the malpractice of a group of letting agents. Mr Ali was the director of all the named companies and thus featured throughout the case. The allegations were that Mr Ali together with others traded through a number of Companies in such a way that they defrauded landlords and tenants who sought to let or rent properties. The case was both complex and voluminous with several schemes and their purported membership requiring careful analyses. Tactical and careful consideration was required due other defendants disclosure of prejudicial material affecting the defence of Mr Ali. Mr Ali was acquitted of the counts concerning the more substantial monetary losses.
R V GARY WILLARD
A Fraud involving a professional accounts clerk who ( whilst in a position of trust ) was accused of stealing almost £100,000 from his employer.