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  • 23 Feb 2024 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A former secretary of the West Mercia Police Federation has been charged with fraud.

    West Mercia Police said that Jamie Harrison, 53, of Worcester Road, Droitwich, faces 17 counts of fraud – in connection to the alleged misappropriation of federation members’ funds, and abuse of hospitality, between 2010 and 2018.

  • 17 Feb 2024 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nick Ephgrave’s first major speech since taking the top job at the Serious Fraud Office took in whistleblowing, disclosure and new investigative techniques.

    The new director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Nick Ephgrave, has outlined his vision for the agency in his first public speech . Speaking yesterday (13 February) at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London, Ephgrave said he was committed to building a strong, dynamic and pragmatic authority that can tackle the most serious or complex cases of fraud, bribery and corruption.

  • 15 Feb 2024 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The head of the UK’s anti-fraud agency will set out his vision for a “bolder, pragmatic, more proactive” prosecutor this week in his first public speech since taking up the position late last year.

    The director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Nick Ephgrave, is set to give his maiden speech tomorrow evening at an event hosted by defence and security think tank Royal United Services Institute.

  • 20 Jan 2024 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the SFO, the year 2023 was largely a story of an organisation trying to turn a page. The flurry of activity around the departure of former Director Lisa Osofsky and the appointment of Nick Ephgrave QPM, gave a taste of what might be expected of the agency in the months to come. Ephgrave's tenure started with due fanfare with new investigations announced and a series of raids whilst several long running international investigations were dropped shortly before Ms Osofsky's departure. After a difficult few years in which the SFO had repeatedly made headlines for the wrong reasons, this new leadership, together with the reforms set out in the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023, which gained Royal Assent in October, offered the prospect of change. However, despite the buoyant mood, key challenges remain if the SFO is to prove itself.

  • 14 Jan 2024 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The UK’s leading fraud-fighting police force has warned of pressure on its ‘ability to maintain officer levels’, after the Government’s provisional settlement left it with a potential funding gap of up to £3 million for 2023/24.

  • 06 Jan 2024 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Convicted crooks were told to pay back more than £2.5 million last year after West Midlands Police pursued their 'dirty money'.

    Criminals involved in offences such as drug dealing and fraud can accrue significant sums of money from their illegal activities.

  • 30 Dec 2023 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A man who fled the country five years ago while he was on trial for fraud offences has been brought back to the West Midlands to face justice.

    Zahid Khan had fled to Dubai before the end of his trial back in 2018.

  • 30 Dec 2023 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Scam victims have recovered more than £1 million after Nottinghamshire Police’s fraud and cyber teams helped them get their money back.

    Forty-five victims have been reimbursed this year after Protect officers helped them submit claims to their banks, which have a duty of care to protect customers from fraud and cybercrime.

  • 23 Dec 2023 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) faces a possible multi-million pound legal bill after the High Court ruled today that the agency would not have opened an investigation into a Kazakh mining firm but for the wrongdoing of its officers.

  • 18 Dec 2023 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six men and one woman have been arrested and charged after more than £1m was stolen from an elderly woman in Scotland.

    It follows a cross-border investigation involving Police Scotland and policing partners in Essex, London and Eastbourne.

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