Housing fraud client avoids custody
Our client had made a fraudulent claim for social housing. On the face of it there were a number of aggravating features including the apparent value of the fraud and the time over which it was perpetuated.
We were instructed to represent our client at his sentencing hearing, he having already pleaded guilty on an earlier occasion. We were able to establish certain important facts that persuaded the sentencing judge to considerably reduce what he would otherwise have made the starting point for an offence of this nature. With personal mitigation and subsequent credit for his early guilty plea the sentence one of imprisonment, but the judge felt able to suspend it.
Our client came to us feeling that his previous advisors had not given sufficient time or thought to the circumstances of either his offending or his personal mitigation. At the conclusion of the case he was happy that his case had been properly presented to the court and the result was a success as far as he was concerned.
Tim Walker was the solicitor who prepared the matter and Oliver Lewis was the advocate in the Crown Court.