The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fraud Guidelines

The Sentencing Guidelines Council has just issued definitive guidelines for fraud, an offence that covers a wide range of culpability, from a small-time benefits cheat up to Bernie Madoff and his ilk. It's a big document, and all that a magistrate needs to know is how to handle the lesser offences, and the point at which to send it upstairs to Hizonner and a jury.