Private Investigators Plymouth Help in the Fight against Fraud

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Private Investigators Plymouth give advice and offer help with fraud in light of BBC article dated 4th Feb 2014: Kathleen Duncan admits £38,000 taxi fraud in Fife

"Unfortunately, they often overlook those facts, and they become victims of fraud themselves."

As reported on 4th Feb in BBC News: Kathleen Duncan admits £38,000 taxi fraud in Fife, a mother has admitted defrauding more than £38,000 from the NHS by claiming travel expenses for fake taxi journeys. Kathleen Duncan, 44, submitted receipts for up to £160 each, with forged drivers' signatures, to NHS Fife for 13 months. She claimed they were for her terminally ill children to travel from their Dunfermline home to hospital. Duncan pleaded guilty on indictment to defrauding NHS Fife of £38,019 between 1 August 2010 and 29 August 2011.

The 44-year-old, who now lives in South Queensferry, had originally been charged with defrauding the health board of £60,019 by fraud but the Crown accepted a plea to a reduced charge. She also forged the signatures of NHS staff needed to confirm her attendance at hospital, Sheriff Maxwell Hendry heard on 4th Feb 2014 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff court (case number KC12006008).

The BBC report goes on to say that two of her three children have the rare genetic condition Hurler's Syndrome. The syndrome leaves sufferers physically and mentally disabled, with most living an average of 11 years. The court heard the children both required regular hospital treatment, both as inpatients and out patients. Sheriff Maxwell Hendry deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Duncan on bail.

Private Investigators Plymouth (http://www.privateinvestigators-plymouth.co.uk) invites potential clients to schedule a consultation with private investigators when suspected fraud might be taking place. Private Investigators Plymouth also raises awareness among the people about how they can be exposed to fraud very easily and how often it takes place around us, in all walks of life, no matter what we do. It can take on many shapes, so being prepared and well informed is the way forward. When people are in trouble, they are entitled to some form of financial help, but those mechanisms work up to certain point, and past that point they are susceptible to manipulation and abuse. Fraudsters can take advantage of their company, their community, their neighbors and even their friends, so care needs to be taken when investing and loaning money to people that are not well know. Private Investigators Plymouth handles a large number of cases during a single year, and fraud cases rank among the most common. Fraud cases are somewhat specific, since there is a time component involved. Fraudsters will often run away with the money, making them very hard to locate, and even if detectives do manage to locate them, chances are, clients will have a hard time retrieving their money.

Our chief investigator at Private Investigators Plymouth, Aaron Lincoln, emphasizes the importance of being aware of how close and common frauds actually are and how people often take their safety for granted when he said:
"Unfortunately, they often overlook those facts, and they become victims of fraud themselves."

The only thing to do is turn to Private Investigators Plymouth and our skilled private investigators will do their best to help by locating the fraud and retrieving the hard earned money. Give Aaron Lincoln a call on 01752 936 198 or email him at a(dot)lincoln(at)privateinvestigators-plymouth(dot)co(dot)uk

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