How can Forensic Accountants help?
NIFA members act in criminal cases, for both the Prosecution and Defence, including Theft, False Accounting, Money Laundering, Fraud, Companies Act / Insolvency Act offences, Counterfeiting and Cheating the Crown. The clarity of our members' reports and the evidence given by them has been praised on numerous occasion by the Judiciary, in particular in complex fraud matters.
As night follows day, Confiscation Orders are swiftly sought following convictions. The Prosecution may serve a Confiscation Statement showing a 'benefit' figure which is out of all proportion to your client's offences. They seek a Confiscation Order. Is this an appropriate use of admittedly draconian legal powers, or could the statement be riddled with errors, double counting and false assumptions?
Our forensic accountants having a significant amount of experience in this field. We will critically examine the Prosecutor's statement and challenge it where necessary. We understand the Court's approach to 'benefit' and the practical application of the statutory assumptions in 'criminal lifestyle' cases. Our members produce coherent and readable reports marshalling the relevant facts and information based on a thorough and detailed examination of your client's financial affairs over many years.
Members of the Crime Focus Group of the Network of Independent Forensic Accountants, NIFA, have experience of Confiscation under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and earlier legislation.