News Business Crime & Financial Services 2nd Dec 2019

Christopher Coltart QC acts for Investment Fund Manager in Private Prosecution

Christopher Coltart QC (instructed by Gareth Minty, Mishcon de Reya) acted for an Investment Fund Manager in the recent private prosecution of a former employee of the company. 

The defendant had, over a period of more than nine years, manipulated company records to disguise a significant foreign currency fraud, as well as misusing the company’s credit card and expenses system. It was also revealed that the defendant had doctored pay slips and other company records in support of a fraudulent mortgage application.

Following a detailed investigation, which included expert forensic accountancy evidence, the defendant was charged with a number of offences contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

In due course the defendant pleaded guilty to four offences, which properly reflected the complexity, diversity and longevity of her offending, as well as the gross breach of trust involved.

She was subsequently sentenced to a period of imprisonment of four and a half years.

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