Crime & Fraud Specialist Forensic Accountant
Mark Jenner commenced trading as Mark Jenner & Co Limited after a career developing fraud and forensic investigation service lines within leading international accounting firms. As a forensic accountant and fraud specialist this generally means targeting cases being dealt with in the Crown Courts, but can involve Civil and Magistrates’ Courts also. The criterion for cases is that one party believes the other has done something financially wrong.
WE PROVIDE FRAUD EXPERT FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT’S SERVICES FOR:
- CRIMINAL DEFENCE SOLICITORS
- POLICE FORCES
- CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE
- ALL OTHER FRAUD AND FINANCIAL CRIME REGULATORS
- CORPORATE BODIES & HIGH WEALTH INDIVIDUALS
We recognise that highly specialised expert financial input helps in cases that are often termed white collar crime or business crime. The criminal defence needs a robust and credible presentation when the prosecution indictments are based on a loose interpretation of the facts, sometimes ignoring relevant or mitigating evidence altogether. On the other hand, the prosecution may need a logical and succinct response to a defence that strives to circumvent the bones of the matter with legal arguments and “smoke screens”.
The independent expert provides a non-partisan view. By explaining a matter in a clear and concise fashion, many of the arguments that either side is presenting can fall away. The skill of the forensic accountant is to take a dozen or so bulging lever arch files and present the contents in a report spanning only a dozen or so easily readable pages!
Sometimes the task is to review only a handful of relevant documents and present a qualified business and financial interpretation. Other times it may be necessary to plough through hundreds of archived boxes, involving thousands of pages of bank statements, invoices and emails – searching for the cause of a financial loss. No two forensic accountancy assignments are the same.
OUR APPROACH TO WHITE COLLAR CRIME AND FRAUD
The approach taken when providing assistance to legal teams in all areas of white collar crime is to quickly identify both strengths and weaknesses within the case. Very often this can lead to an early pleading by a defendant or retraction/amendment by the prosecution of some or all of their demands. We present the issues to the criminal teams as early on in the proceedings as possible to allow for strategy development by counsel. Where evidence is being disclosed right up to and often during the trial, we are able to interact with the legal teams. Sometimes, we undertake forensic accounting work during a trial in response to a question raised by a judge.
NO OBLIGATION UP FRONT REVIEW CAN PROVIDE UP FRONT BENEFITS
In every case we provide a substantial initial review of the case papers, raising any immediate observations or questions. This can often provide an early steer to the way in which a case develops. There is no charge for this review. We recognise that quoting for publicly funded work is a competitive process. However, we like to provide an honest and accurate estimate of the case before any work can commence. We frequently make detailed submissions to the Legal Services Commission and to other bodies to obtain funding. We also adopt the same informative process for private corporate or insurance funded clients.
FRAUD AND CRIME SPECIALIST FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT
All cases have the substantial involvement of the lead criminal defence expert accountant and fraud investigator, Mark Jenner. Mark is then able to fully assist during case conferences or with the provision of oral evidence as necessary. His experience covers a wide range of cases. These include:
- Mortgage Fraud
- Fraudulent Trading
- Employee Theft
- Pyramid Selling
- Asset Confiscation
- Money Laundering
- Director Defalcation
- Investment Fraud
- Advance Fee Fraud
- Carousel Fraud (MTIC Fraud)
- Financial Statement Fraud
- Long Firm Fraud
- Insolvency Fraud
- Tax evasion
PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT 2002, MONEY LAUNDERING INDICTMENTS & CONFISCATION DEFENCE WORK
We often proved a response to a Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Section 16 Prosecutor’s Statement of Information. In this case it is up to the defendant to disprove many of the Crown’s often sweeping assumptions. Our work can involve the valuation of a business or demonstrating legitimate income. The process can identify double counting and inappropriate assumptions. We investigate allegations of “hidden assets” in order to minimise the amount available for realisation.
How Can We Help Criminal Defence Solicitors?
- WE WILL REVIEW YOUR CASE PAPERS ON A NO OBLIGATION BASIS
- FAST TURN ROUND OF QUOTATIONS FOR FUNDING APPROVAL
- EXPERT DRIVEN SERVICE – WE ARE A VALUABLE PART OF THE TEAM
- ORAL EVIDENCE GIVEN – BY REPORT’S AUTHOR