We represented the defendant, a lady of previous good character. She was found not guilty after a trial lasting six weeks before the Crown Court sitting in Leeds. She, together with 6 others, was accused of a CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD. THIS WAS IN EXCESS OF A MILLION POUNDS AND MONEY LAUNDERING OFFENCES. THE CONSPIRACY ALLEGED WAS VERY SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLEX. It involved identity thefts, forging of bank documents and fraudulent obtaining of monies from financial institutions.
Thereafter, these monies were laundered through complex transactions and property investments. In order to prepare an effective and proper defence we had to consider and analyse in detail in excess of 10,000 pages of Prosecution evidence. Furthermore we researched a substantial body of unused material. By virtue of the competing interest of the Defendants involved, the case gave rise to interesting legal arguments. Some that are not often argued in these types of cases. We helped defence Counsel to shape these legal arguments before the Court that helped in the formulation of the legal directions given to the jury. This facilitated the not guilty verdicts delivered by them.
Money Laundering Definition
Money laundering is the illegal process of concealing the origins of money obtained illegally by passing it through a complex sequence of banking transfers or commercial transactions. The overall scheme of this process returns the money to the launderer in an obscure and indirect way.