Can the general fraud offence 'get the law right'? Some perspectives on the 'problem' of financial crime

Wilson, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-4525-5934 and Wilson, S.J., 2007. Can the general fraud offence 'get the law right'? Some perspectives on the 'problem' of financial crime. Journal of Criminal Law, 71 (1), pp. 36-53. ISSN 1740-5580

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Abstract

The Fraud Bill, which received Royal Assent on 8 November 2006, created an offence of fraud in English criminal law which marks a departure of utmost significance from the approach adopted hitherto, whereby a number of related offences cover behaviour deemed to amount to fraud. To mark the passage of the Fraud Act 2006 into law, this article examines the references which were made during its consideration in Parliament to fraud as activity which is serious and which is often erroneously portrayed as 'victimless' crime. In joining these key criminal policy-making debates with academic study of white-collar crime, it will be suggested that as yet too little attention is being paid to 'ambiguous' popular perceptions of financial crimes for there to be confidence that the fraud offence will, in the words of the current Solicitor-General, 'get the law right'.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Criminal Law
Creators: Wilson, G. and Wilson, S.J.
Publisher: Vathek Publishing
Date: 2007
Volume: 71
Number: 1
ISSN: 1740-5580
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1350/jcla.2007.71.1.36DOI
Rights: © Vathek Publishing Ltd.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:36
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:34
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15371

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