Fraud by false representation—sentence tracker

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fraud by false representation—sentence tracker
  • Sentences for fraud by false representation
  • Maximum sentence cases
  • More than five years imprisonment
  • Less than five years imprisonment

Fraud by false representation—sentence tracker

Sentences for fraud by false representation

A person convicted of fraud by false representation in the Crown Court on indictment faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment or a fine or both.

The Sentencing Council (the Council) has published separate sentencing guidelines for use in the magistrates' court and Crown Court for sentencing individuals and corporate offenders for fraud (together, the Fraud Guidelines): the Fraud Guidelines are the starting point for advising clients in relation to potential sentences. The Council previously published these offence specific guidelines within the Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences: Definitive Guideline but has now published them online (and not in PDF or paper format) separately as individual offence specific guidelines for the magistrates’ courts and Crown Courts. These offence specific Fraud Guidelines supersede and replace the Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering Offences: Definitive Guideline PDF, which has been archived.

The Fraud Guidelines apply to all individual offenders aged 18 and older, and to companies, sentenced on or after 1 October 2014, regardless of the date of the offence. They provide the range of sentences for specific Fraud Act 2006 offences and describe the aggravating and mitigating circumstances.

For more information on the application of the Fraud Guidelines, see Practice Note: Sentencing fraud offences committed by individuals.

The Council also publishes a number of overarching guidelines, which should be considered

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