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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (16th edn)

Michael Allen and Ian Edwards
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date: 17 July 2024

p. 56613. Fraudlocked

p. 56613. Fraudlocked

  • Michael J. Allen
  •  and Ian Edwards


Course-focused and contextual, Criminal Law provides a succinct overview of the key areas on the law curriculum balanced with thought-provoking contextual discussion. This chapter examines the offence of fraud, covering offences under the Theft Acts and offences under the Fraud Act (FA) 2006. The FA 2006 repealed various sections of the TA 1968 and TA 1978, replacing a number of individual offences based on deception with the offence of fraud, which may be committed in three ways: fraud by false representation; fraud by failing to disclose information; and fraud by abuse of position. It also creates the offence of dishonestly obtaining services to replace the offence of obtaining services by deception under s. 1 of the TA 1978. These offences are designed to overcome problems in the old law and to simplify the law.

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