Stoke-on-Trent City Council have published an official scam alert warning local businesses to stay to ‘stay vigilant’.
Two fraudsters involved in a large-scale operation falsely claiming to sell timeshares have been sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today (23rd Feb).
Staffordshire Police are warning people to be weary of fraud after approximately £20,000 has been stolen.
This follows a series of seventeen offences committed where criminals pose as police officers and ask their victims to take part in an undercover investigation.
Fraudsters are contacting members of the public, usually by phone, claiming to be from the police, or in some cases their bank’s fraud team.
Representatives from the business sector, law enforcement and local authorities are gearing up for a big event of the year, an Online Fraud Conference to tackle cyber-crime.
A 39-year-old mother of six whose children were all taken into care continued claiming £36,500 in tax credits for them, a court heard.
Melanie Jude, of Greenfield Road, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today after pleading guilty to fraudulent conduct to obtain tax credits.
A Stoke-on-Trent woman has become the first to be convicted in the city for misusing a disability blue badge for parking.
Michele Tonge was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and told to pay £215 costs after pleading guilty to illegally using her sick mum’s disability badge to park in Hanley.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has recovered 116 council houses since launching a purge on housing tenancy fraud in 2011, its audit committee was told yesterday.
The pilot scheme has been so successful, housing associations and other local authorities from around the country are set to follow in Stoke-on-Trent’s footsteps and launch their own schemes to help tackle the social housing shortage.