The defendant was charged with a conspiracy to commit fraud. This was a classic long firm fraud. The defendant and others were involved in obtaining high value goods (total £300,000) from companies by furnishing forged cheques. About 15 companies were defrauded in this way. The conspiracy occurred over many months. Ashmans Solicitors and the instructed Barrister had a number of consultations with the defendant. It was decided in those meetings that the best way forward was for the defendant to plead guilty on a basis of plea which limited his involvement. This proved to be the best advice and strategy because the defendant was not sent to prison. Both of the other defendants received prison sentences. Furthermore the defendant will not have to pay any compensation and no confiscation order was made.
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