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Conspiracy to Defraud

Conspiracy to defraud takes place when an agreement is made between two or more people to either commit fraud. It’s important to remember that, to be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, the defendant does not need to have actually carried out crime. They only have to have agreed to performing it.

Examples of Conspiracy to Defraud

There are many instances in which a person could be found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, so it would be impossible to list them all here. However, a scenario for a conspiracy to defraud crime is outlined below.

One of the most common examples of this crime is when two or more fraudsters deceive a person of authority / responsibility into acting against their duties, and becoming involved in the conspiracy. However, if things go wrong, the victim becomes the ‘fall guy’, and is the one who takes the blame for the crime.

Another interesting example occurs when two or more people plan to intentionally deprive someone of something that is rightfully theirs. This commonly occurs when the victim is exposed to an intentional financial risk or disadvantage.

What is the punishment for being convicted of conspiracy to defraud?

If you’ve been charged with conspiracy to defraud, you will be tried in the crown court. The maximum penalty you could face for this crime is ten years imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.

What do the prosecution have to prove? The main aspect of the case that the prosecution must prove is that the defendant acted dishonestly, and was fully aware of the crime they were committing. However, it’s worth noting that maximum sentences remain  quite rare, and are usually only given in the most serious cases.

What should I do if I’ve been accused of conspiracy to defraud?

This is a serious crime, so you should contact a solicitors and get professional advice as soon as possible. Our expert team of Business & Tax Solicitors are dedicated to handling cases like yours. Contact us today for expert legal advice.

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