Specialists in Serious Fraud and Complex Criminal Defence
MPR Solicitors instructed in large-scale mobile phone fraud
Martin Murray and Seema Parikh from the Firm’s Serious and Complex Crime Team have been instructed by a number of individuals in relation to one of the largest mobile phone frauds to have surfaced recently. It is envisaged that there are over 2000 victims of an elaborate pyramid style selling scheme involving all the major airtime providers.
A specialist team within the Met’s Corporate and Organised Crime Department has been set up purely to investigate this fraud. The police investigation is still on-going with parallel proceedings in the High Court against the corporate entity and its directors who are alleged to have scammed thousands of victims into taking part in the fraudulent scheme unwittingly.
Martin Murray brings with him his vast experience in serious and complex frauds having been in practice for over 25 years. He came to notoriety in the 1980s when he represented defendants in the series of high profile long diversion frauds involving millions of lost revenue to the Exchequer. The series of trials culminated in The Hare Brothers trial and was one of the largest cases at the time involving the evasion of excise duty on liquor and cigarettes from bonded warehouses.
Seema Parikh has extensive experience in defending and preparing complex cases to trial. She is regularly instructed to act for company directors, corporate entities, professionals, individuals and sporting personalities. She is known for her clear pragmatic no nonsense approach and advice. She specialises in giving pre-charge advice at the investigative stages of a case.