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Successful Acquittal in Allegations of Conspiracy to Defraud a financial institution and money laundering

18/01/2022

The client was facing allegations of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering and were alleged to have used their trusted position to defraud a well-known financial institution and assist in laundering in excess of £350,000.

This was an extremely complex case which took over 7 years to investigate and authorise charge, followed by almost 2 years of criminal proceedings.  The alleged offences dated back to 2012.  The client was one of 4 alleged conspirators and the only individual to be acquitted in this case.

Following careful scrutiny of the prosecution case, including the financial institutions own internal investigation, a robust defence case was prepared coupled with extensive disclosure requests to assist in showing the innocent role played by our client.  Separately, an application to stay the indictment as an abuse of process due to investigative failures and errors, was also made.  This was coupled by the fact the extensive delays in investigating the alleged offences caused serious prejudice to our client.

Houzla Rawat was instructed by Sam Healey who worked with Andrew Gilligan and Jac Evans from JMW Solicitors.

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