Neil Williams
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The Serious Fraud Office and Covert Surveillance: The Way Forward?

Speaking at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual White Collar Crime Conference in central London earlier this month, Serious Fraud Office (SFO) director Lisa Osofsky again talked of using covert surveillance as part of her agency’s investigations. However, Neil...
Posted On 18 Oct 2019
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SIA and HMRC join forces to crack down on exploitation of security workers

Last week, from 10-12 July, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC carried out joint operations in London, Cardiff and Newcastle to identify illegal working practices and tax fraud in the private security industry. Teams attended 65 venues and spoke to over 100 security...
Posted On 17 Jul 2019
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Assets Recovery Community Scheme opened for applications by Department of Justice

The Department of Justice in Northern Ireland is inviting public sector bodies, voluntary and community sector organisations alike to bid for a share of the £700,000 fund made available from recovered criminal assets to help in crime prevention or help reduce the fear of crime in...
Posted On 29 Aug 2018
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HMRC investigation leads to payback time for Gloucester security company director

A Gloucester-based security services company director, who was jailed for stealing almost £500,000 in tax, must now pay back the sum of £67,424 or face another two years in jail and still owe the money. Jonathan Schofield, 32, of Kingsway in Gloucester, and the director of...
Posted On 23 Jul 2018
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HMRC and Security Industry Authority join forces on MoU to clamp down on tax fraud

HMRC and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) have agreed on a new partnership specifically designed to tackle incidents of tax fraud in the private security industry. Both organisations have been working together to identify problems in the sector, including businesses abusing...
Posted On 12 Jul 2018
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Security company director under lock and key following HM Revenue and Customs investigation

The director of a Gloucester security services company who stole almost half a million pounds in tax has been jailed for three years after an investigation conducted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Jonathan Benjamin Schofield, 32, of Staxton Drive, Kingsway in...
Posted On 14 Feb 2018
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“Fraud costing UK’s economy £193 billion per annum” reveals Annual Fraud Indicator 2016

According to a new report, the annual cost of fraud in the UK could be as high as £193 billion per annum. This assertion dwarfs previous estimates produced by the UK Government which put the figure at around £50 billion back in 2013. The Annual Fraud Indicator 2016 has been...
Posted On 26 May 2016
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BDO FraudTrack: “Total value of fraud more than doubles to reach highest level since 2011”

The latest BDO FraudTrack report shows that the total value of reported fraud in 2015 was £1.5 billion, representing an increase of 110% from the previous year and the highest value recorded since 2011. The FraudTrack report, which examines reported fraud episodes over £50,000 in...
Posted On 16 Feb 2016
BDO's latest FraudTrack survey shows that the volume of fraud in the UK is now at its highest level for 12 years
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BDO UK FraudTrack report reveals highest volume of fraud for over a decade

The latest BDO FraudTrack report shows that the total value of fraud in 2014 was £720 million, representing a decrease of 31% from the previous year and the lowest value since FraudTrack started in 2003. However, the latest FraudTrack report – which examines all reported...
Posted On 18 Feb 2015