We are kicking off 2018 with a focus on Theft & Fraud
The festive season has drawn to a close and the new year is here. Many of you will be making New Years resolutions for 2018 and so are we. Its not the conventional resolution, but we are setting out to tackle Theft & Fraud head on throughout the year of 2018.
We have certainly seen an influx in theft and fraud investigations. With an increase of pressure to pay for the festive period mixed with the reduced policing budget opportunity for theft and fraud has increased in society.
We deal with varying cases such as;
- Large scale online fraud through sites such as eBay and PayPal
- Employment fraud – Employees not disclosing previous convictions, working for other competitors whilst on sick or annual leave and employees claiming sick pay whilst not too unwell for work
- Theft of intellectual Property when an employee leaves a company
- Donating to charities which are not registered charities
- Buying services or goods from fraudulent individuals claiming to be legitimate businesses
- Individuals giving money to associates for either personal loans or business proposals who turn out to be using the individual for financial gain only
Each case is dealt with differently, however the common factor is the subject suspected of theft and/or fraud will have committed this act before. To accomplish theft or fraud the subject is deceitful and at times facing financial vulnerability personally. Making sure you know who you are dealing with is half the battle as at times we can be too trusting of people and companies we come across when on the face of it everything seems legitimate.
In law theft and fraud are set out as shown below. Our investigators are highly trained and experienced to understand the points to prove to produce a successful case for either a private prosecution or to be passed to the police for criminal conviction.
A person is guilty of theft if they dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.
A person is guilty of fraud if they are in breach of any of the sections listed
- section 2 – fraud by false representation
- section 3 – fraud by failing to disclose information
- section 4 – fraud by abuse of position
Over the next few months we will look at individual cases and offer some top tips of how to prevent theft and fraud personally and within your business. We are also offering fixed fee prices for our investigations specifically around theft and fraud with a 20% discount. To take up this offer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0330 090 4031 quoting ‘TFTI18’. Discount offer is valid until 31st March 2018.
Author: Charlotte Thornber – Founder of Taylor Investigations