If you require forensic accountancy assistance for a criminal or fraud matter, our specialist crime and fraud team are here to help. We provide a full range of forensic accountancy services to support criminal or fraud cases, including the following:
- • CPR-compliant reports.
• Desktop reports.
• Letters of advice.
• Data analysis.
• Computer forensics.
• Acting as expert witness.
Frenkels Forensics Chartered Accountants was founded over forty years ago by John Frenkel, whose name has become synonymous with forensic accounting. We are one of the leading forensic accountancy firms in the UK, operating out of our Head Office in London and a network of regional offices throughout the country, including in Manchester, Bristol and the West Midlands.
Central to our practice is providing specialist forensic accountancy support in criminal and fraud matters, usually for Defendant legal firms but also for prosecuting authorities. Our crime and fraud team are led by the firm’s IT and data analysis expert, Marc Clifton. Marc couples his forensic accountancy expertise with the IT skills gained through his honours degree in Computer Science. He continuously develops new, cutting-edge forensic accounting techniques and technologies to assist his team in their interrogation and analysis of electronic data, ensuring our work adds real value to our client’s cases in the most cost-effective way possible.
We have extensive experience in all types of criminal and fraud matters. We are regularly instructed in high-value, high-profile cases and are recognised for our ability to interpret vast amounts of data swiftly and accurately, and present our findings in a persuasive, cogent manner.
Crime And Fraud Case Study
Our crime and fraud team were recently instructed by solicitors acting for a Defendant (‘D’) accused by his former employer of theft. D’s worked in a shoe repair and key-cutting shop, and his theft had been captured on the shop’s CCTV.
Police investigations uncovered cash deposits in the region of £430,000 made by D during his employment. These deposits were over and above the sums paid as wages, and the police concluded they must be criminal gains. D was, accordingly, charged with theft and converting criminal property.
D’s solicitors approached our crime and fraud team to see if anything could be done to dispute the figures forwarded by the police. Our investigations indicated that the majority of D’s wages had been paid cash in hand instead of from the payroll, and that his employer had provided inaccurate wage information to the police. We also established that D had other income streams, including the sale of second-hand cars.
In light of our findings, the charges relating to the £430,000 were dropped, and D avoided a custodial sentence. Unfortunately for his employer, our uncovering of their potential fraud led the police to take action against them.
You can read about this case in more detail here.
How We Can Help You
We regularly assist the UK’s leading Defendant law firms and prosecuting authorities in matters involving crime and fraud, both privately and publicly funded. We utilise advanced specialist software to identify and analyse electronic data as cost-effectively as possible. Where the data is incompatible with existing software, we frequently develop new code to deal with it.
Our reports are comprehensive and straightforward and have been praised by Judges and Counsel as being ‘the best’ they have seen. Our crime and fraud accountants act as expert witnesses on a regular basis, attending Court where necessary and presenting their evidence clearly, robustly and in line with their duties to the Court.
If you would like to discuss any criminal or fraud-related matter that you think we might be able to help with, please do not hesitate to contact Marc Clifton via telephone or email.. We offer a free, no-obligation quote and will be delighted to talk things through with you.
“Your report was a herculean task and put us in an incredibly strong position. Thank you ever so much for the work and advice you have provided . The report was clear and accessible and will not hesitate to recommend you all.”
“I am indebted to you for your contribution, and for explaining things in plain English such that even lawyers can understand the issues”
“It was a pleasure working with you on what was a rather difficult case”