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Fraud: Prosecutions

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for fraud were brought in each of the last five years, broken down by investigating agency; and how many such prosecutions brought by each investigating agency resulted in a conviction in each year. (249926)

Data from the Ministry of Justice Courts Proceedings Database showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of offences relating to fraud, in England and Wales from 2003 to 2007 (latest available) are given in the following table. Details relating to the investigating agency are not held centrally.

The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to Fraud1 England and Wales, 2003-072,3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

2003

20,787

15,223

2004

19,391

14,960

2005

18,500

14,750

2006

18,312

14,759

2007

19,406

15,619

1 Includes offences under the following Acts; Theft Act 1968, Companies Act 1985, Common Law and Criminal Justice Act 1987, Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951, Stamp Duties Management Act 1891, Public Stores Act 1875, Agricultural Credits Act 1928, Gaming Act 1845, Law of Property Act 1925, Land Registration Act 1925, Criminal Justice Act 1993, Social Security Administration Act 1992, Computer Misuse Act 1990, Enterprise Act 2002, Prevention of Corruption Act 1906, Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, Fraud Act 2006, Land Registration Act 2002, Deeds of Arrangement Act 1914, Insolvency Act 1986, Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

2 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

3 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Evidence and Analysis Unit - Office for Criminal Justice Reform