Alleged Legal Professional Crimes

Jean James made this Freedom of Information request to Central Scotland Police

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Dear Central Scotland Police,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, will you please disclose, for the years 2005 to 2011 inclusive:

(a) How many allegations of fraud, financial, white collar, or indeed any type of crime implicating, either directly or indirectly, a member of the legal profession have been reported to the force?

(b) How many of these allegations were logged in police records, and assigned a crime report number?

(c) How many of these allegations were referred to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, Law Society, or any other regulatory body, in lieu of a police investigation?

(d) How many were considered “civil matters”?

(e) How many investigations did the force complete as a result of these allegations?

(f) How many of these allegations were not investigated by the force?

(g) How many of these investigations were completed as paid services under the private hire of the police for the performance of special services under the 1996 Police Act provision?

(h) How many of these investigations resulted in charges being laid i) under the normal course of police duties and ii) under private company hire for the performance of special services?

(i) How many resulted in convictions i) under the normal course of police duties and ii) under private company hire for the performance of special services?

(j) Please detail the type of crime, the year in which the allegation was made, and the year in which the investigation was completed.

(k) Please advise how many police staff have qualifications in forensic accounting, and what those qualifications are.

(l) Please advise how many times private contractors have been hired by the force for the purpose of forensic accounting work during a fraud/white collar crime investigation.

(m) How many of these allegations have culminated in charges being laid against the complainant under the Vexatious Litigants Act 1981?

(n) How many of these allegations have resulted in arrest warrants being issued against the complainant?

Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Jean James

Freedom Of Information, Central Scotland Police

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Dear Jean James,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Acknowledgment

 

Thank you for your request for information below, and is being dealt with
this in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Your request has been given the unique Reference Number : 03-021 please
quote this Reference on any correspondence in relation to your request.  

 

Under the terms of the Act, we have a statutory obligation to respond
within 20 working days from the after your request was received. A
response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly, and
in any event not later than 13th April, 2012. Please allow for postal
time, if sent by mail.

 

Your request may result in us not supplying the information you have
requested, as the Act imposes certain conditions and exemptions on the
information we may supply. It is also possible that the information you
request is controlled by different legislation, but we will let you know
this.

 

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:    [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence

 

If, after receiving a response to the Review, you remain dissatisfied, you
have six months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .

 

For further information on Freedom of Information you can visit the
Scottish Information Commissioners website at
[3]www.itspublicknowledge.info .

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kind regards
Ilene

Freedom of Information Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters

Tel:       01786 456000 Ext : 2774
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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Dear Jean James,

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Thank you for your request for information received below.  I have dealt
with this in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002 and respond to your request as follows :

Your Request(s) and Response(s) :

(a) How many allegations of fraud, financial, white collar, or indeed any
type of crime implicating, either directly or  indirectly, a member of the
legal profession have been reported to   the force?

Response :  To search all crimes in the MO text to establish if there was
a member of the legal profession would require a manual search of
individual records, then manually extracting this information if
indeed the profession of a person had been recorded. 

Part 1, Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002,
allows local authorities to decline requests where the cost of providing
information is considered to be excessive.  I have calculated the cost of
providing the information you have requested as being in excessive of
£600, and so, I am declining your request under this provision of the Act.

 

(b) How many of these allegations were logged in police records, and
assigned a crime report number? 

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(c) How many of these allegations were referred to the Solicitors  
Regulation Authority, Law Society, or any other regulatory body, in lieu
of a police investigation?  

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(d) How many were considered civil matters ?  

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(e) How many investigations did the force complete as a result of  these
allegations? 

 

Response : As per Question 1

(f) How many of these allegations were not investigated by the   force?  

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(g) How many of these investigations were completed as paid   services
under the private hire of the police for the performance of special
services under the 1996 Police Act provision? 

 

Response : This request does not apply to Scottish Forces as such we do
not hold the information you have requested.

 

Part 1, Section 12 (1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002,
allows local authorities to decline requests where the cost of providing
information is considered to be excessive.  I have calculated the cost of
providing the information you have requested as being in excessive of
£600, and so, I am declining your request under this provision of the Act.

 

(h) How many of these investigations resulted in charges being laid    i)
under the normal course of police duties and

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

ii) under private company hire for the performance of special services?

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(i) How many resulted in convictions i) under the normal course of    
police duties and

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

ii) under private company hire for the performance of special services?

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(j) Please detail the type of crime, the year in which the allegation was
made, and the year in which the investigation was completed.

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(k) Please advise how many police staff have qualifications in forensic
accounting, and what those qualifications are.

 

Response :  Qualifications are not recorded in our HR Scope system and
therefore if held in individuals personnel record file would require a
manual search of all staff working with Central Scotland Police.

 

(l) Please advise how many times private contractors have been hired by
the force for the purpose of forensic accounting work during a fraud/white
collar crime investigation.

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(m) How many of these allegations have culminated in charges being laid
against the complainant under the Vexatious Litigants Act 1981?

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

(n) How many of these allegations have resulted in arrest warrants being
issued against the complainant?     

 

Response : As per Question 1

 

You should be aware that Central Scotland Police hold the Copyright for
the material provided and it may not be reproduced in any format or media
without acquiring specific permission. This will also be subject to the
material not being used in a derogatory manner or in a misleading context.
The source of the material must then be acknowledged as Central Scotland
Police, and the title of the document must be included when being
reproduced as part of another publication or service.

Police forces in the United Kingdom are routinely required to provide
crime statistics to government bodies and the recording criteria is set
nationally. However, the systems used for recording these figures are not
generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the crime data.
It should be noted that for these reasons this force's response to your
questions should not be used for comparison purposes with any other
response you may receive.

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:  [1][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence

If, after receiving a response, you remain dissatisfied, you have six
months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[2][email address] .

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kind regards
Ilene

Freedom of Information Officer
Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters

Tel:       01786 456000 Ext : 2774
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [3][Central Scotland Police request email]

 

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Dear Jean James,

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 Acknowledgment

 

Thank you for your request for information below, and is being dealt with
this in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Your request has been given the unique Reference Number : 03-021 please
quote this Reference on any correspondence in relation to your request.  

 

Under the terms of the Act, we have a statutory obligation to respond
within 20 working days from the after your request was received. A
response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly, and
in any event not later than 13th April, 2012. Please allow for postal
time, if sent by mail.

 

Your request may result in us not supplying the information you have
requested, as the Act imposes certain conditions and exemptions on the
information we may supply. It is also possible that the information you
request is controlled by different legislation, but we will let you know
this.

 

If you require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me on
01786 456000 or Email:    [4][email address].police.uk  . However,
if you are not satisfied with the way in which your request has been
handled, you are entitled, in the first instance, to request a Review of
the decisions made.  Should you wish to request a Review, please write to
Head of Professional Standards, Professional Standards Department, Central
Scotland Police, Police Headquarters, Randolphfield, Stirling FK8 2HD
within 40 working days of receiving this correspondence

 

If, after receiving a response to the Review, you remain dissatisfied, you
have six months within which you may Appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner who can be contacted at Kinburn Castle, Doubledykes Road, St
Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DS. Phone: 01334 464610 Fax: 01334 464611 or Email
[5][email address] .

 

For further information on Freedom of Information you can visit the
Scottish Information Commissioners website at
[6]www.itspublicknowledge.info .

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Kind regards
Ilene

Freedom of Information Officer

Central Scotland Police
Police Headquarters

Tel:       01786 456000 Ext : 2774
Fax:      01786 456388
Email:   [Central Scotland Police request email]

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