Boiler room fraud is becoming increasingly common – and usually involves persuading investors to part with their money for a share in an asset such as property or land, by making statements which are untrue or deliberately misleading.
Shares offered as a result high-pressure sales techniques may turn out to be worthless or non-existent – and land sold as a development investment may stand no chance of getting planning permission, or is unsuitable for development because of contamination or geography.
Boiler rooms scams usually require complex investigation, involving a multi-agency approach.
It is also quite possible that not only are investors duped by the scam, but also professionals may have been duped into getting involved, believing it to be a legitimate business.
In such cases, investigating bodies will go through company accounts and correspondence to ascertain any involvement, which can be both damaging to a company’s or individual’s reputation, as well as being extremely stressful.
It is crucial to take expert legal advice from a specialist fraud solicitor as soon as possible if allegations have been made involving boiler room fraud, so that a robust defence case can be built – taking legal advice early can in some cases prevent prosecution.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors regularly liaise with agencies which may be involved in fraud investigations, including:
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and the ability to assemble compelling evidence and documentation in boiler room fraud cases.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts, and at Appeal Courts such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide across England and Wales – and a fraud lawyer from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes to advise on fraud charges.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing boiler room fraud charges – call Duncan Lewis any time on 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on all fraud charges.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing investment fraud allegations involving boiler room scams – or who may be interviewed in relation to boiler room scams – to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise even before a charge for boiler room fraud is brought – and a solicitor from our specialist fraud department can attend a police station fraud interview conducted by the police, Serious Fraud Office or HM Revenue and Customs.
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services –Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances.
Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis fraud solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of any costs whenever possible.
In some criminal cases, after the event insurance may be an option and Duncan Lewis will advise on an appropriate level of insurance to cover the potential costs of defending a criminal case and to pay any costs imposed by the court.
Call Duncan Lewis Fraud Solicitors to discuss boiler room fraud allegations or charges on 020 7923 4020.