Fraud

Home Department written question – answered on 3rd March 2014.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraud crimes are (a) reported and (b) investigated in each police force area in the UK annually; and how many convictions for fraud there were in the UK in the last year for which data is available.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In the year ending September 2013, 201,035 fraud offences were recorded by the police or Action Fraud in England and Wales. Since 1 April 2013, fraud offences previously recorded by individual police forces have been recorded centrally by Action Fraud. Where a victim contacts the police to report a fraud offence, they will be advised to report it to Action Fraud. This transfer of responsibility had a phased introduction from April 2011 and it is not possible to disaggregate Action Fraud data to police force areas on a consistent basis.

The Home Office does not hold information centrally on the number of fraud investigations in each police force area.

According to Ministry of Justice figures, in 2012 15,862 defendants were proceeded against for fraud offences at magistrates courts in England and Wales and 12,380 were found guilty.

Crime and justice statistics for Scotland and Northern Ireland are a matter for the relevant devolved Administration.

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