Fraud, embezzling and financial crime

Fraud, embezzling and financial crime

Benefits vow as £25k cheat is sentenced

COUNCIL chiefs have pledged to continue a crackdown on benefit cheats after a woman was convicted of fraudulently claiming £25,000 by pretending to a be a single mum.

On the beat

DESPITE the Scottish Government putting 1,000 extra bobbies on the beat, people were not happy with the number of police seen patrolling communities.

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Law-abiding citizens turn to crime during recession

HOUSEBREAKING and thefts are rising in Scotland as people hardest hit by the recession turn to crime, a nationwide survey has revealed.

1.8 million stolen identities are costing the UK £2.7bn a year

NEARLY two million people have their identities stolen every year at a cost to the UK of £2.7 billion, a report indicated today.

African fraud gang: Could you please send us £102,000? Scottish council: Why, of course we can

AN African fraud gang has succeeded in conning a cash-strapped Scottish council out of £102,000.

Massive rise in credit fraud

The number of fraudulent applications received by financial services firms soared by a third during the first half of the year, research indicated today.

Scambusters ready to tackle gangs cashing in on mortgage fraud

A NEW team of fraud investigators is being trained to tackle the emerging threat of mortgage scams, identity theft and online crime.

Drop in Scottish fraud cases — but experts are braced for a fresh surge

FRAUD cases in Scotland have halved in the past year, according to figures released today.

Tycoon Nadir set for return to UK to face fraud trial

AN OLD Bailey judge has agreed to grant bail to fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir, paving the way for one of the most high-profile fraud trials in years.

Rich crooks battle to keep hold of swag

WEALTHY crooks are fighting efforts to seize their ill-gotten gains "every step of the way".

Fraud hits 15,000 people in first six months of year

MORE than 15,000 people were the victims of fraud during the first half of the year, according to figures released by the national fraud reporting centre.

Trio 'tried to sell Ritz for £250m'

THREE conmen tried to sell the Ritz Hotel for £250 million in an ambitious scam that was simply "too good to be true", a court heard yesterday.

Two-year probe into AIG crisis dropped

THE US justice department has dropped a probe into senior executives from insurance group AIG over deals that pushed the business to the brink of bankruptcy.

Computer chip makers fined £280m over cartel

SAMSUNG, Toshiba and Hitachi were among the nine computer chip makers fined 331 million (£284m) by the European Union yesterday for price fixing.

Marketing fraud is big business as criminals net £3.5bn in UK

MILLIONS of Britons are being targeted by organised criminal gangs using the latest mass marketing techniques to defraud them of an estimated £3.5 billion a year.

Nurse accused of defrauding foreign trainees of £4,400

A NURSE defrauded two overseas trainees out of £4,400 by pretending to enrol them on a Scottish university course, a hearing heard yesterday.

Penniless lorry driver is jailed for trying to sell Ritz in £250m scam

THE fraudster who tried to sell the Ritz for £250 million in a "outrageous and elaborate scam" despite the fact that he never owned it was jailed for five years.

Goldman Sachs stunned by e-mail evidence

INVESTMENT banking giant Goldman Sachs was last night facing up to fresh evidence that it tried to profit from America's subprime mortgages crash.

Seven in court over insider trading in blitz on market abuse

SEVEN men charged with running an insider trading ring with information gleaned from the London printers of Swiss bank UBS and UK brokerage Cazenove appeared in court in London yesterday.

Cases of identity fraud rife in capital

EDINBURGH is Scotland's identity fraud hotspot, with those in the capital most likely to fall victim to scams that use their identities to steal money or obtain other benefits.

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