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AUG
08

Further Success for Team Lewis Nedas

At Southwark Crown Court Lewis Nedas secured yet another gold podium placing in Operation Forego.

Jeffrey Lewis and Keith Wood acted for the principle defendant in a multi-handed fraud and money laundering conspiracy. This was a truly enormous case. The investigation into our client commenced in 2008 following Operation Rize and continued until 2011 when he and ten others were arrested. The case initially focused on an alleged corrupt relationship with Council officials concerning a proposed redevelopment, but switched its focus to fraud. The evidence consisted of covert surveillance over the period, as well as expert prosecution financial analysis. The police had seized all the client’s records, amounting to some 60,000 pages. Lewis Nedas were, after much argument, given access to this material and were able to show by a painstaking analysis in the two months before trial that the prosecution analysis was simply not capable of belief, as we demonstrated that all the monies going into the various companies were legitimately derived. The main charges the client faced were dismissed by the judge at the close of the prosecution evidence, as we had been able to prove by our work that the Crown’s case was wholly discredited.

Keith was the litigator in the case, instructing Sam Stein QC and Jonathan Green, both Counsel from Dyers Chambers. Mr P De Nahlik from BTG Global Risks assisted with the financial investigation.

 

 

 

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03

Legal News Updates from Our Criminal Solicitors: August 2012

The following are some useful legal news updates from August 2012 from our criminal solicitors. Contact us for specialist legal advice or representation on any of these areas.

House Prices in “Surprising Jump”

August 31, 2012

UK house prices jumped by a “surprising” 1.3% in August, according to the Nationwide building society. See the BBC’s article here.

 Squatting Becomes Criminal Act

August 31, 2012

A law making squatting in a residential building a criminal offence comes into force shortly, meaning squatters could face jail or a fine. See the BBC’s coverage of this story here.

Buying a House Tips: Raising a Deposit for a Mortgage

August 31, 2012

Click here to see the article in yesterday’s Telegraph containing a video guide to buying a home. Contact Richard McConnell if you are considering buying a new home.

“Generation Rent” Hopes for an Inheritance to Get on the Housing Ladder

August 31, 2012

The Telegraph has published an interesting article about the hopes of young people today, claiming “Generation rent’s” despair at ever getting on the housing ladder is taking a morbid turn with 42% of tenants claiming that their best hope of raising a deposit and becoming a homeowner is an inheritance. This demonstrates the need to provide fully for all your dependents after death or consider making an intervivos gift. Contact Prue Abrahams

New Offensive by SRA against Alternative Investments to be in Force in Early 2013

August 30, 2012

See Siobhain Egan’s blog here on this subject.

MPs Attack Customs’ Failure to Tackle Alcohol Tax Evasion

August 30, 2012

The Telegraph reports that customs officials have been criticised by MPs for failing to crack down on criminal gangs who dodge alcohol tax at an estimated cost to the Treasury of more than £1bn. Read the article here

How Does HMRC Spot the Tax Evaders?

August 30, 2012

There has been a lot in the news recently about tax non-compliance and there are various shades of grey among the official guidelines. The Telegraph provides some insight into how HMRC collates its data here.

If you are facing a tax investigation of any type, contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan .

EADS Appoints PwC to Investigate £2billion Saudi Deal

August 30, 2012

The Telegraph reports that defence giant EADS has appointed accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct a parallel investigation to the Serious Fraud Office probe into bribery allegations at its subsidiary GPT Special Projects. Read more here.

CML Says Mortgage Lending Bounced Back in July

August 20, 2012

Total mortgage lending rose in July to the highest level so far this year, but the Council of Mortgage Lenders has warned that the property market was still flat. See the BBC’s coverage here.

Discharge of Sexual Offences Prevention Order

August 20, 2012

Tony Meisels has succeeded in discharging a SOPO made against a client in July 2005.

The sentence imposed by the Magistrates’ Court for the original substantive offence had been a community order and, as such, the client would have ceased to be on the Sex Offenders Register after 5 years. In this case, however, our client had remained subject to the provisions of the Register for a further 2 years as the SOPO was to run until further order. This month those provisions have since become even more onerous than before.

If you have a query about appealing your SOPO, please contact Tony Meisels.

Standard Chartered Faces Fines of Up to $1billion

August 20, 2012

The Telegraph reports that Standard Chartered faces fines totalling as much as $1billion (£637million) before it finally settles accusations that it by-passed US Iranian money-laundering sanctions. Read the full report here.

Another Major Investigation for the SFO

August 20, 2012

Senior executive at EADS, the European aerospace and defence group that owns Airbus, were warned five years ago about questionable payments that are now part of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. See coverage of this by the Telegraphhere.

HMRC Send Out Tax Penalties of £1,200

August 20, 2012

Around 500,000 people are being sent notices of penalties of at least £1,200 for failing to submit their self-assessment tax returns. Read the BBC’s article here.

Aggressive Stance from FSA’s New Head of Enforcement and Financial Crime

August 16, 2012

Tracey McDermott warns that soft-touch regulation is over and firms pushing things to the limit should expect no sympathy. See article in yesterday’s Guardianhere.

We are currently advising a number of clients facing such investigations. Contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

Standard Charter Fight US Claims of Money Laundering

August 16, 2012

Peter Sands, the chief executive of Standard Chartered, flew to New York on Monday in a last ditch bid to secure a settlement and avoid a public showdown with US regulators over Iranian money laundering charges. Read the article in the Telegraphhere.

Judge Urges People to Confront Elderly Relatives over Driving Skills

August 16, 2012

A judge has urged relatives of elderly drivers to think “very, very carefully” whether they should still be on the road after a 90-year-old retired GP killed another motorist in a head-on collision while on the wrong side of a dual carriageway last week. Read the Telegraph’s coverage here.

Consult any of our motoring law team if you have concerns about yourself or a relative on this issue.

FSA Appoints New Enforcement Chief

August 16, 2012

A new head of FSA enforcement was appointed last week. Read the full information in an article dated 10 August in Legal Weekhere.

Interview with Jeffrey Lewis on Business Crime Defence Published Today!

August 9, 2012

Read the online version here.

Fresh Allegations of Money Laundering for Leading Bank

August 7, 2012

US regulators have accused the British bank, Standard Chartered, of scheming with Iran to launder hundreds of billions of dollars over almost a decade.

Both the BBC and the Guardian have coverage on this story; click here to read the BBC article and here for the Guardian’s piece.

Jeffrey Lewis Interviewed by Lawyer Monthly

August 2, 2012

Jeffrey Lewis has been interviewed by Lawyer Monthly in connection with a feature on Business Crime in the UK. To read the full article please click here and see page 59.

A Defence Lawyer’s Perspective on Cyber Crime

August 1, 2012

Miles Herman has written a fantastic new article for our new Solicitors’ Blog. Read it here.

Murdoch’s News Corp. Directors May Encounter Charges and Prosecution for Neglect of Duties

August 1, 2012

Nick Davies and David Leigh at the Guardian newspaper reported yesterday that lawyers for Rupert Murdoch’s company, News Corporation, have protested against criminal charges amid fears over broadcasting contracts. Read their full article here.

SFO Search Warrants on Tchenguiz Ruled Unlawful by High Court

August 1, 2012

Articles by both the BBC and the Guardian have highlighted the decision yesterday by Judges at the High Court that the Serious Fraud Office provided ‘inadequate and unfair’ information in order to obtain search warrants in their investigations into two high-profile businessmen. Read the full BBC article here and Simon Neville’s article in the Guardian here .

Whistle-blowers on Tax Evasion Paid £1m

August 1, 2012

The Telegraph reported yesterday that more than £1million has been paid out in rewards to tax evasion informants since the start of the financial crisis. Read the full article here.

HSBC Sets Aside $700m for Money-Laundering Fines

August 1, 2012

HSBC has apologised for its ‘shameful’ systems failures that allowed it to launder money for terrorists and drug barons, a report in the Guardian explains. Read the full article here.

Reports of Possible Jail Time for Those Involved In the Libor Rigging Scandal

August 1, 2012

Both the Guardian and the Telegraph have published articles this week on the Libor rigging scandal, focusing on how the FSA and SFO are continuing their investigations and moving closer to bringing criminal charges against those involved. Read Jill Treanor’s article in the Guardianhere, and Banking Correspondent Harry Wilson’s article in the Telegraph here .

The Lengths to Which People Go to Avoid Tax

August 1, 2012

In an article for the BBC News magazine on 26 July 2012, comedian and writer Colm Regan ponders whether the people who have the most to hide are the same as those who have the greatest instinct to hoard, as the amount of tax stored in offshore accounts is reported to be more than the mind can comprehend. Read the full article here.

Extraordinary New HMRC Initiative to Catch Tax Evaders

August 1, 2012

The Telegraph’s Senior Political Correspondent, Christopher Hope, reported on 25 July 2012 that HM Revenue and Customs are set to encourage schoolchildren to tell their teachers if a neighbour is evading tax. Read the full article here.

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A Defence Lawyer’s Perspective on Cyber Crime – by Miles Herman

It has long been the case that businesses, particularly within the banking sector, and the public at large have been under the attack from cyber criminals. Recent cases have shown the level of sophistication employed by those intent on profiting through criminal activity over the internet and online services have resulted in the Government rethinking its strategy to combat criminal activity of this nature.

As recently as November of last year, the Prime Minister stated that cyber security is a top priority for this government and within the global approach to tackling this ever increasing problem, the Government is committed to expanding the use of ‘cyber specialists’ to help police tackle cyber crime and create a Cyber Crime Unit within the National Crime Agency by 2013.

Many of those involved in the Criminal Justice System would have read with interest the comments by Richard Clarke, the Home Office Security and Counter-Terrorism Department Director, who has warned that cyber crime is now as great a threat as terrorism to the UK’s national security.

But what are the levels of success in tackling cyber criminal organizations thus far? Well, the answer to this will not be known for some time. There can be little doubt that to date the individuals operating towards the high end of cyber criminal activity have been on top. So far, there have been very few prosecutions concerning the activities of individuals that police believe are instrumental in how sustained criminal attacks are taking place online and over the internet.

One such prosecution was ‘Operation Crossbill’, which resulted in a number of defendants pleading guilty and receiving sentences ranging from two to five years. It is apparent from the nature of this investigation in which Lewis Nedas Law received instructions from two defendants (one of whom was acquitted following trial and was the only defendant to avoid custody), that prosecutions of this nature will become more frequent, more focused and will require a particular level of specialised knowledge in affording those accused of criminal activity expert representation.

Arising from this prosecution, one of the first of its type, a team of officers were tasked with investigating a group of individuals who were concerned with the control of a complex network of domains, command and control servers and associated malicious programmes directed at the promotion of fraud through the internet.

The investigation involved a complex picture of international computer-based criminality and it was claimed during the case that the individuals concerned were close to those capable of writing malicious codes.

It was apparent throughout my representation of two defendants in this matter that police believed conduct of this nature is now becoming the preferred method for international organized criminal networks. It is anticipated that cyber criminal activity of this and of a similar nature will readily be preferred by those deterred by the high risks that criminal involvement such as the importation of drugs or people trafficking pose.

The sentences handed down in this case (subject to appeal) and, it is anticipated, in future cases, tend to demonstrate that the Court propose to crack down on this type of activity and therefore those who are engaged or suspected of being engaged in criminal conduct of this nature require specialist advice from an early stage.

Lewis Nedas Law is an organization that can help those being investigated and/or charged with any criminal offences relating to the internet and online services. We have specialist knowledge of how these cases are prosecuted and are able to give concise, expert, and direct advice on all matters relating to cases of this nature.

Given the high-level stakes that are involved in cases being prosecuted to date and certainly, from now on, those under suspicion or facing charges, cannot afford to receive anything other than specialist advice.

The level of investigation and detection will only increase significantly over the coming months and years and Lewis Nedas Law, with specialist computer-based fraud experts and expert witnesses on hand to provide specialist reports and guidance, can assist any of those facing an enquiry by the police, any other investigative agency and/or prosecution through the courts.

Our organization is able to provide the required assistance from investigations until trial in addition to a strong and able team of solicitors. We employ specialist counsel on cases of this nature. Jeremy Ornstin, Senior Advocate of this practice was instructed in Operation Crossbill and was instrumental in the settling of a favourable basis plea for one of the defendants.

Please contact Miles Herman, Jeffrey Lewis.

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24

New Instruction in £Multimillion City of London Fraud Prosecution for Lewis Nedas

Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan represent two individuals facing allegations of £multimillion fraud and money laundering. The case is the subject of a TV series that is focusing upon the prosecution of fraud in the City of London.

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Drugs Prosecution Acquittal Success for Leila Abdul-Rasool and Lewis Nedas

Leila Abdul-Rasool had a client who faced an indictment for conspiracy to import class A drugs, namely 3.9kg of opium and also some simple possession charges. It was a case involving four co-defendants, one of whom was the co-defendant’s brother-in-law.

On 7 February 2012 UKBA officers at Heathrow Airport detected a quantity of opium hidden at the bottom of two boxes. The parcels had been sent from Iran via Dubai to an address in Mill Hill London. A controlled delivery took place on 10 February 2012. The client was arrested when he was observed by officers helping his brother-in-law carry a box from the boot of one of the co-defendant’s car to his flat in Chelsea Harbour. It was the client’s case that he had no knowledge of the contents of the boxes and was just helping his brother-in-law carry the parcel to his flat (where the brother-in-law, normally resident in Iran, was staying). When his home was searched, the police found various paraphernalia associated with opium use. They also found distinct tea sets of the same brand and design that were found concealing the drugs in the parcels. The Crown therefore inferred there must have been previous consignments delivered. On this point, it was the client’s contention that these tea sets were purchased in England as a gift for his wife, by his son, who now lives in Brussels.

In preparation of the client’s defence, Leila visited various Iranian shops in Southwest and West London and managed to trace the same design of tea set, to show that these tea sets may well have been bought in London and were not part of other consignments. Leila gave evidence in court to this effect.

The client’s brother-in-law pleaded guilty before trial and the other two co-defendants’ defence was that they thought the parcels contained antiques from Iran.

After a three-week trial, our client was acquitted and was delighted with the result.

 

 

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