Fraud: Prosecutions

Justice written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Nick de Bois Nick de Bois Conservative, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many prosecutions for the use of fraudulent identity documents there were in each of the last five years;

(2) how many prosecutions for the use of fraudulent identity documents following traffic accidents there were in each of the last five years.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for selected fraud offences in England and Wales from 2005 to 2009 (latest available) can be viewed in the following table.

The Ministry of Justice's Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal offences in England and Wales. The data held do not include the circumstances of each case beyond those specified in the statute and fraud offences do not specify whether fraudulent documents were produced following a traffic accident.

Court proceedings data for 2010 are planned for publication in 2011.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts for selected fraud offences( 1) , England and Wales, 2005 - 09( 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Number proceeded against
2005 1,647
2006 1,982
2007 7,401
2008(4) 10,090
2009 12,546
(1) Includes offences under the following statutes:

Identity Cards Act 2006, s.25(1), (2) and (6)

With intent knowingly possessing or falsely or improperly obtaining another's ID document.

Identity Cards Act 2006, s.25(3), (4) and (6)

With intent making, possessing or having under control apparatus or article or material

designed or adapted for making false ID cards.

Identity Cards Act 2006, s.25(5) and (7)

Possessing or controlling a false or improperly obtained ID card or which relates to another or apparatus etc for making false ID cards.

Fraud Act 2006, s.1(2a), (3) and (4) and 2

Dishonestly making a false representation to make a gain for oneself or another or to cause loss to another or to expose another to a risk.

Fraud Act 2006, s.6

Possession etc. of articles for use in frauds.

Fraud Act 2006, s.7

Making, adapting, supplying or offering to supply any article knowing that it is designed or adapted for use in the course of or in connection with fraud, or intending it to be used to commit or facilitate fraud.

Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994

Fraud, forgery etc. associated with registration and licensing documents.

(2) The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences it is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

(4) Excludes data for Cardiff magistrates' court for April, July and August 2008.

(5) Identity Cards Act 2006 came into force in June 2006.

(6) Fraud Act 2006 came into force in January 2007.


Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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