Tougher sentences urged for fraudsters

The Sentencing Council is urging judges to pass tougher sanctions against fraudsters who deliberately target the vulnerable.

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Fraudsters could face tougher sentencing, under new guidelines. Credit: PA

They want to see victims at the centre of new guidelines on fraud, money laundering and bribery.

This would mean longer sentences for those caught swindling money out of vulnerable members of the society.

In 2012, 17,926 people were sentenced for fraud, a hugely varied offence that can affect individuals, businesses, public money and charities.

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Tougher sentences urged for fraudsters who target vulnerable

Tougher prison sentences could be brought in for those who swindle money out of vulnerable victims, like the elderly, the Sentencing Council has said. They want victims placed at the centre of new guidelines for fraud, money laundering and bribery.