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Tax Credit Fraudster Must Pay £740,000

A man who was jailed for eight and half years for his involvement in a £1.4 million tax credit fraud has been told to pay back more than £740,000 or face a further three years in jail.

Olaide (John) Taiwo was jailed alongside accomplice Olajumoke Ademuyiwa in April 2011 for stealing the identities of at least 350 people, and using them to submit over 300 fraudulent tax credit claims.

He was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining tax credit payments by submitting false claims using other individuals identity details without their knowledge or consent, in contravention with S35 Tax Credits Act 2002, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and Section 329 (1) (a) of the proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Ademuyiwa, who was jailed for four years, has already repaid the £28,500 she was ordered to pay at a separate confiscation hearing in November last year.

It is important to obtain proper legal advice if you find yourself subject to a confiscation hearing.

It is a fact moving area of law, and there seems to be a trend towards the authorities pursing Civil Recovery Orders rather than high profile criminal proceedings. Financial restraints are also encouraging the Courts to try new approaches. For example, we have noticed that the Courts are now considering such things as the apportionment of responsibility between defendants, the interests of third parties and creditors, and certificates of inadequacy.

Contact Lewis Nedas’ Criminal Lawyers in London

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This blog is intended as a news item only. No connection between Lewis Nedas Law and the parties involved is intended or implied.


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Successful Defence of Allegation of Violence by LNL & Unan Choudhury

Unan acted for an individual who faced a serious allegation of violence, which, if convicted would have meant an inevitable, lengthy, custodial sentence.

It was alleged that he used a CS gas canister as a weapon against the alleged victim, his neighbour. He vigorously denied this, raising self -defence, stating that he used the canister to protect himself.

Unan, along with the excellent Danny Barnard (one of our excellent in house barristers) instructed specialist forensic experts to examine the properties and effects of the CS spray, along with the issues of transferability and spray patterns. The Jury quickly acquitted the client upon hearing the strong forensic evidence.

This is yet another example of our dedicated, thorough, robust, successful criminal defence work, executed by our criminal lawyers.

Allegations of violence can be devastating, it affects the lives of those accused in every way and need to be taken seriously and our client was delighted was delighted with his acquittal.

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New Prosecution in Alleged Film Tax Partnership Fraud

The Financial Times reports (30/04/2013) that five individuals face charges at Birmingham Magistrates Court next month. It is alleged that they falsely claimed the value of allowable losses and defrauded investors through false accounting documents.

This is yet another example of the vortex that both investment advisors and investors currently find themselves, as a result of renewed focus on criminal prosecutions by HMRC and CPS. They have promised to increase prosecutions to 1,500 per annum by 2014.

Film tax partnerships have always been complicated, delicate investment arrangements. Each one is arranged differently and they have attracted the interest of HMRC since 2002.

They have not followed a consistent approach to these types of partnership arrangements, sanctioning some immediately and then changing their minds at a later date. Each year investors would face a yearly HMRC inquiry.

Even now, not every tax partnership has fallen either at the first hurdle or at tribunal level.

We are currently advising individuals facing a variety of investigations by HRMC, including criminal investigations.

We are one of the few firms that can offer a multi disciplinary approach to these issues. We have teams of both serious fraud defence and tax experts, all highly rated in: Chambers UK; Legal 500 and Superlawyers UK.

We have over thirty years experience of successfully defending serious fraud and tax fraud investigations/prosecutions.

Our highly skilled, experienced approach is pro-active, robust and rigorous and it produces consistently excellent results. Please see our news and cases sections on the website for some examples of our recent instructions and results, and our tax and serious fraud departmental sections which gives a full flavour of the services that we offer.

If you need advice on any if the issues raised in this piece: please contact JEFFREY LEWIS; SIOBHAIN EGAN; MILES HERMAN; KEITH WOOD.

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LNL Instructed in Serious International Commercial Fraud

Miles Herman is dealing.

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LNL Conveyancing Department Awarded CQS Membership

We have been awarded membership of the Law Society's prestigious Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). This is the mark of excellence for the home buying process and conveyancing solicitors. It means that we have met the high and demanding standards of the scheme which has been endorsed by the following:

The lending panels of all major mortgage lenders; the Council of Mortgage lenders; the Building Societies Association; the Legal Ombudsmen and the Association of British Insurers.

Only a minority of conveyancing firms have achieved this standard.

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