We are able to undertake investigation work in a variety of circumstances, for example internal investigations for organisations where fraud is suspected, or we are able to carry out external investigations for regulatory or prosecution authorities such as the Serious Fraud Office. We also regularly assist in the defence of allegations of fraud or theft. Our skills and experience enable us to assist at all stages of a fraud case from conducting an initial investigation to giving evidence in court.
When a fraud is first suspected, we are able to advise on the precautions required to avoid tipping off and the initial steps to be taken to preserve evidence. We can then plan and conduct the preliminary investigations. This can include conducting interviews of key individuals, advising on appropriate terminology to enable the review of electronic material and conducting evidential reviews. We are then able to summarise the evidential position and propose further lines of enquiry where required.
Appointed by a London housing association to investigate allegations of fraud within a repairs contractor concerning the manipulation of statistics to meet performance targets. This involved physical inspections of repairs carried out, interviews with staff and tenants and a detailed analysis of repairs data and reported statistics.
An internal investigation into alleged fraud within a large-scale scrap metal operation. This involved the identification of fictitious cash invoices and a detailed analysis of cash transaction records to identify instances of theft from suppliers.
Appointed as expert accountants for one of three defendants in an alleged £250 million Ponzi scheme fraud. Assessed the potential profitability of worldwide business interests including mining rights in South America and Africa, a securities trading operation and a large number of UK business and consumer loan books.