21st August 2018
Construction Industry Fraud
Construction fraud has hit the headlines in recent years for all the wrong reasons and if you are involved in any of the various types of fraud associated with it, could be faced with a severe sentence. At Cartwright King, we understand that genuine mistakes can take place in the workplace, given the stresses that a fast paced environment such as the construction industry can cause. If you are facing an allegation of committing construction fraud, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case sensibly and professionally whilst advising you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country and argue your case for you in court.
Free Initial Telephone Consultation
Our highly skilled Fraud team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call Michael Balmer on 0808 168 5550 or email Michael.Balmer@cartwrightking.co.uk.
What is Construction Fraud?
Construction fraud can be committed in various ways, with the main issue often surrounding the improper financial gains by constructors. Construction companies can therefore attempt to achieve their illegal goals by committing common offences which include the following:
Billing Fraud – The intentional overstating of the amount of labour and materials needed to complete a respective project.
Bribery – The entering into a secret agreement of two parties where a financial incentive is put forward to secure a specific outcome. This can include the awarding of a contract or the purchasing of properties.
Theft – Stealing material from the work site for your own personal use or using less than adequate material than quoted, which could potentially cause future repair.
Contract Rigging – This is most commonly the fixing of prices or direct customers of suppliers to use certain contracts.
Money Laundering – This is where you ‘legitimise’ money that has been gained illegally.
Tax Avoidance – This is most commonly committed by paying cash in hand for labour.
Fictitious Vendors – When an employee creates falsified payment applications which cover up the purchase of personal items or divert money to a fake company.
False Representation – This is most commonly committed by the use of undocumented workers which can include falsifying content reports, test results, insurance certificates and small businesses status.
Change Order Manipulation – This is the quoting for a certain service and then changing the quote once completion to include factors including time and materials.
There are various areas if the construction industry that could potentially come under scrutiny from both regulators and prosecution bodies regarding fraudulent activity. Despite this, many people affiliated with a construction business can become a part of an investigation without consciously causing an offence. If you have become embroiled in a construction fraud case, Cartwright King are always available to support you.
What are the consequences?
Committing construction fraud is a serious offence and depending on the type of fraudulent offence you have committed will deter the sentence you will receive. Given the broad and complicated nature of fraud, you can receive many different sentences with the worst case scenario having to pay in excess of £500,000 and a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
How we can help
We acknowledge that given the fast paced environment within the construction industry, genuine mistakes can be made and that you have the right to a fair trial to argue your case in court. If you have been accused of construction fraud, our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:
- Represent you in court
- Advise you throughout the entire process
- Take the worry off your hands
- Argue your case
- Prepare an appeal if necessary
Given the broad area of law surrounding construction fraud, we will ensure to deal with your case by finding all of the facts and circumstances. During the entirety of the proceedings, we promise to demonstrate professionalism at all times and apply the best possible defence for you.
Why Choose Us?
At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry being accused of construction fraud can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you, your construction firm and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.
How to make contact
If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Fraud team on email@example.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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