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Fraud: Convictions

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been convicted of fraud offences in each of the last 10 calendar years. (270712)

Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service can provide an analysis of the outcome of proceedings in defendant cases where the principal offence with which the defendant was charged was either fraud or forgery. The following table shows, for the four year period since 2005-06 for which figures are available, the number of defendants in which the principal offence was fraud or forgery, together with the outcome of proceedings. Outcomes are divided into convictions, including guilty pleas as well as convictions after trial; and unsuccessful outcomes, comprising all other outcomes.

The broad category of fraud and forgery includes cases where the principal offence charged was contrary to the Fraud Act; bankruptcy offences; forgery and counterfeiting; and fraud and forgery associated with vehicle or driver records.

CPS proceedings for fraud and forgery

Convictions

Unsuccessful outcomes

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total

2005-06

6,547

84.8

1,176

15.2

7,723

2006-07

6,404

86.2

1,024

13.8

7,428

2007-08

11,056

89.7

1,275

10.3

12,331

2008-09

12,919

90.0

1,434

10.0

14,353

The following table shows how many people have been convicted of fraud offences in each of the last 10 financial years1, following prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO):

1 The statistics for the 2008-09 financial year have not been finalised, and therefore we cannot provide data for the number of people convicted in this year.

Financial year

Number of convictions

2007-08

17

2006-07

15

2005-06

13

2004-05

37

2003-04

20

2002-03

17

2001-02

10

2000-01

54

1999-2000

12

1998-99

27

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) was created as an independent Government Department on 18 April 2005, data before this cannot be provided.

RCPO have defined "fraud" offences as those relating to VAT, direct tax, tax credits and excise and the following table shows the figures for the last four financial years.

Number of convictions

2005-06

455

2006-07

558

2007-08

409

2008-09

415