Fraud UK – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 07:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Fraud UK – Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ 32 32 Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City: Jen Shah angrily accuses Meredith Marks of being ‘fraudulent’ https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city-jen-shah-angrily-accuses-meredith-marks-of-being-fraudulent/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 06:42:33 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city-jen-shah-angrily-accuses-meredith-marks-of-being-fraudulent/ Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being “fraudulent” at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City. The 47-year-old reality star made the statement after confronting Meredith, 49, at a group dinner during their Mother’s Day trip to Zion. Whitney Rose, 35, hosted the dinner and told […]]]>

Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being “fraudulent” at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City.

The 47-year-old reality star made the statement after confronting Meredith, 49, at a group dinner during their Mother’s Day trip to Zion.

Whitney Rose, 35, hosted the dinner and told the women she wanted them to ‘show resentments, grudges [and] things we care about with each other.

Fraudulent accusation: Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being ‘fraudulent’ at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City

“Well, since we’re all being honest right now, I’d like to know, Meredith, why did you hire a private investigator to research me?” Jen asked Meredith who had fled the table earlier after been submerged.

I never hired a private detective to investigate you. I hired a private investigator to investigate why my family was receiving threats,” Meredith replied.

Meredith noted that she investigated “every one of you” and not just Jen.

Jen then chewed out show newcomer Jennie Nguyen for telling her that Meredith had hired a private investigator to look into her life.

Personal space: Meredith told Jen to get out of her personal space as their argument escalated

Personal space: Meredith told Jen to get out of her personal space as their argument escalated

Jennie thought she was the victim of Jen’s misplaced anger.

“It’s so upsetting to me because I told her the truth, and yet she turned it against me, which is unbelievable,” Jennie said in a confessional.

Meredith again clarified to Whitney that she had hired the private investigator to determine who was behind the threats against her family. Meredith also told Jen “the investigator said with 90% certainty he thought it was you.”

Misplaced anger:

Misplaced anger: ‘It’s so upsetting to me because I told her the truth, and yet she turned it against me, which is incredible,’ Jennie said in a confessional

‘Do what? Threaten your family? Jen shouted.

“You have been awful to my family. Just be honest,” Meredith said.

Jen then accused Meredith of being awful to her family and raised her son Brooks by discussing his private parts.

Temper flaring: 'Do what?  Threaten your family?

Temper flaring: ‘Do what? Threaten your family? ‘ Jen shouted at Meredith

“He said he saw my vagina,” Jen said.

“Because he did, Jen!” Meredith shouted back.

“I saw your vagina over and over and over and over that night. And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ‘Cover your vagina,’ over and over,” Meredith continued.

Again and again: “I saw your vagina over and over and over and over again that night.  And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ''Cover your vagina' over and over again,'' Meredith continued

Again and again: “I saw your vagina over and over and over and over again that night. And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ”Cover your vagina’ over and over again,” Meredith continued

Jen then rose from her chair and invaded Meredith’s personal space as she pointed and yelled at him.

“You don’t want to tell everyone what you did, do you?” Jen shouted at her.

“Really, you want me to tell you what you did, baby?” Meredith replied. “Oh honey, you have no idea what I know.”

From close:

Up close: ‘You don’t want to tell everyone what you did, do you?’ Jen shouted at her

Jen then addressed speculation that Meredith was involved in her March 2021 arrest for federal fraud.

“I swear to God, if you had anything to do with the bullying accusations against me, Meredith, you’re disgusting!” Jen shouted in his face.

‘Repugnant! You are disgusting! “Added Jen.

These charges:

Those accusations: “I swear to God, if you had anything to do with the bullying accusations against me, Meredith, you’re fucking disgusting!” Jen shouted in her face

Meredith denied having anything to do with the charges and told Jen to get away from her.

“Get out of my face, honey. Get out of my face, into your space! I’m done,” Meredith said.

Meredith again denied being involved in her affair.

Get away: “Get away from my face, honey.  Get away from my face, get into your space!  I'm done, said Meredith

Get away: “Get away from my face, honey. Get away from my face, get into your space! I’m done, said Meredith

‘Jen, I would never do that. I don’t rebel like you do,” Meredith said.

Jen continued to yell at her as Meredith got up to leave a second time.

“Goodbye, Jen! I’m disengaged, darling. You have traumatized us, goodbye! said Meredith.

The Organizer: Whitney planned a spiritual event and hosted dinner to bring them together

The Organizer: Whitney planned a spiritual event and hosted dinner to bring them together

‘Oh my God! You’re a fucking fraud,’ shouted Jen who also accused Meredith of having ”10 other fucking boyfriends”.

‘Who calls who a fraud? I love you, baby,’ Meredith taunted Jen as she left.

The season two episode titled Who’s Calling Who a Fraud? began with Jen and Lisa Barlow, 47, getting into a physical altercation in the Sprinter Van on the way to Zion.

Good night: 'Who's calling who a fraud?  I love you, baby' Meredith taunted Jen as she left

Good night: ‘Who’s calling who a fraud? I love you, baby’ Meredith taunted Jen as she left

The show’s producer, Shanae, had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa.

“Come on!” Lisa shouted as Whitney held her back.

Jen was mad at Lisa for being friends with Meredith and cried that she had been framed.

Van life: Show producer Shanae had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa as she chased her in the Sprinter Van

Van life: Show producer Shanae had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa as she chased her in the Sprinter Van

Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her.

‘I got you. I told you. But I was there for you. I love you. I don’t want this for you. I don’t want it for Omar, for Rieffy or Sharrieff. I do not. If someone did this to you on purpose, they’re f***es, Lisa told her.

Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other.

Reconciliation: Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her

Reconciliation: Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her

Tanning session: Whitney spoke to her husband Justin while enjoying the sun in Zio

Tanning session: Whitney spoke to her husband Justin while enjoying the sun in Zio

They walked through a maze but Mary was reluctant to participate and showed up late.

‘Yeah, I don’t want to be here right now. I don’t, I don’t feel that. It’s not that I don’t believe in it or that it’s against my religion. It’s just that I’m faithful to my God,” Mary said in a confessional.

Whitney found it disrespectful that Mary showed up late and stood aside without participating.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will return next week on Bravo.

Maze Experience: Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other by walking through a maze together.

Maze Experience: Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other by walking through a maze together.

Not participating: 'Yeah, I don't want to be here right now.  I don't, I don't feel that.  It's not that I don't believe in it or that it's against my religion.  It's just that I'm faithful to my God

Not participating: ‘Yeah, I don’t want to be here right now. I don’t, I don’t feel that. It’s not that I don’t believe in it or that it’s against my religion. It’s just that I’m true to my God,” Mary said in a confessional

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Malmesbury car dealer found guilty of fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/malmesbury-car-dealer-found-guilty-of-fraud/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:12:06 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/malmesbury-car-dealer-found-guilty-of-fraud/ A car trader has been fined after misleading customers about vehicle prices. Paul Hyams, the director of Hyams Autos Ltd in Malmesbury, has been found guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation. The case centered on a non-optional charge of £99 in the price of vehicles advertised for sale on Autotrader’s website which […]]]>

A car trader has been fined after misleading customers about vehicle prices.

Paul Hyams, the director of Hyams Autos Ltd in Malmesbury, has been found guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation.

The case centered on a non-optional charge of £99 in the price of vehicles advertised for sale on Autotrader’s website which was not disclosed to customers.

The charges relate to 16 vehicles sold between April 18, 2018 and April 4, 2019 and 19 others sold between January 28, 2018 and July 30, 2019.

Hyams, of Hayes Road, Nailsworth, was also found guilty of a charge of engaging in a business practice which is a deceptive action containing false information.

On April 7, 2019, a 2011 Volkswagen Touran went on sale on the Hyams Autos Ltd website. A customer who visited the Malmesbury showroom was not told of the additional £99 cost until he had tested a vehicle and decided to buy it.

The invoice stated: “It caused the average consumer to make a transactional decision they otherwise would not have made.”

Hyams had denied all offenses in 2020 but was found guilty by Salisbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

In total, he was fined £800 and surcharged to fund victim services of £80 and costs of £2,000.

Paul Hyams and Hyams Auto’s have been found guilty of misleading advertising and fraud, in particular in relation to charging a £99 fee in 2019.

A statement posted on the Hyams Autos Facebook page said: “While Hyams Autos accepts the court’s decision, the regulations regarding administrative fees are unclear.

“We deliberately did not deceive anyone and everyone who paid the administration fee knew of the fee before the cars were sold and were happy to make the payment.

“Since the matter came to our attention, we have taken extra steps to ensure that all customers are fully aware of the £99 administration fee and why it is being charged.

“We have been trading in Malmesbury for over 45 years and are fortunate to have many loyal and satisfied customers.

“The verdict rendered by the courts does not reflect our business philosophy or our position in the local community.”

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Elections Bill 2021-22: status of the bill https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/elections-bill-2021-22-status-of-the-bill/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:21:36 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/elections-bill-2021-22-status-of-the-bill/ the Elections Bill (Bill 138 of 2021-22) was filed on July 5, 2021. For more information on the bill, see the library briefing released ahead of second reading: Elections Bill 2021-22. The Bill makes changes to the Elections Act that meet the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments to “protect the integrity of British democracy” (909 KB, […]]]>

the Elections Bill (Bill 138 of 2021-22) was filed on July 5, 2021.

For more information on the bill, see the library briefing released ahead of second reading: Elections Bill 2021-22.

The Bill makes changes to the Elections Act that meet the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments to “protect the integrity of British democracy” (909 KB, PDF).

Some of the main elements of the bill are:

  • The introduction of a voter ID card for voters at polling stations during elections to the UK Parliament to prevent the electoral crime of impersonation – pretending to be someone else when voting;
  • Facilitate foreign voter registration and expand eligibility by removing the 15-year limit on foreign voter registration;
  • Introduce a fingerprint requirement on digital campaign material – a “fingerprint” is information added to material that tells potential voters who produced it;
  • Introduce a new electoral sanction for those found guilty of intimidating a candidate during an election, following the increasing levels of abuse faced by candidates; and
  • Changes to the regulation of third party activists.

The bill also introduces new measures on the control of the electoral commission and on the right to vote of EU citizens.

Second reading

The bill received a second reading September 7, 2021.

Voter ID

The main point of debate centered on proposals regarding voter identification and voter fraud more generally. Opposition MPs have criticized the proposals, with many focusing on the barriers the ID requirement would create for many voters. Several said voter ID was a solution to something that wasn’t a problem, citing the low number of impersonation convictions. Tory MPs highlighted types of voter fraud and generally welcomed the bill’s measures.

Election Commission

Measures to change the control of the Electoral Commission have been controversial. Opposition MPs argued that this was an improper interference with the independence of the Commission.

The government argued that it would improve parliamentary oversight of the work of the Electoral Commission while respecting its independence.

Foreign voters

The Labor Party has argued that ending the 15-year overseas registration limit was a ploy to increase the number of overseas voters who can donate to the Conservative Party. Labor were in favor of extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds.

The government has argued that all British citizens living abroad should have a vote and a voice in Parliament.

Other measures

Measures regarding digital footprints, election accessibility and candidate intimidation were generally welcomed.

Instruction to examine local electoral systems

After second reading, the House of Commons agreed to an instruction September 20. This allowed the Public Bill Committee to consider voting systems for certain local elections in England and Wales, which had not originally been included in the bill.

It allowed the government to make amendments at committee stage to change the voting system for all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Combined Authority Mayors and the Mayor of London, from the voting system addition to the first-past-the-post system.

Public Bills Committee

The Committee held four hearings before examining the details of the bill. Eight review sessions were held beginning September 22, 2021. The Committee heard testimony on a range of measures in the bill, but in particular on voter fraud, the impact of voter identification on the turnout and the perceived threat to the independence of the Electoral Commission. He also heard testimony from those conducting elections about the potential resource effects and risks to the conduct of elections that the additional burdens introduced by the bill could create.

Only the government amendments were approved. Some were drafting amendments, and the main substantive change was a new clause to change the voting systems for CCP and mayoral elections.

Report of the select committee

On 13 December 2021, the Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs released a report on the Elections Bill. The Committee criticized the lack of pre-legislative scrutiny of the bill and the additional complexity of the electoral law that would result.

The committee called on the government to suspend progress On the bill. Chairman William Wragg said: “We believe the proposed Elections Bill lacks a sufficient evidence base, timely consultation and transparency, all of which should be addressed before moving forward.”


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‘It was cover-up’: Mary Trump’s lawyers defend fraud case against Donald Trump and his aunt in court hearing https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/it-was-cover-up-mary-trumps-lawyers-defend-fraud-case-against-donald-trump-and-his-aunt-in-court-hearing/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:21:08 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/it-was-cover-up-mary-trumps-lawyers-defend-fraud-case-against-donald-trump-and-his-aunt-in-court-hearing/ A New York state judge appeared skeptical of arguments put forward by lawyers for Donald Trump and his sister Maryanne Trump Barry to dismiss the lawsuit of their niece Mary Trump seeking damages and compensation for allegedly defrauding her millions of dollars in real estate interest from her late grandfather’s estate. Ms Trump, a trained […]]]>

A New York state judge appeared skeptical of arguments put forward by lawyers for Donald Trump and his sister Maryanne Trump Barry to dismiss the lawsuit of their niece Mary Trump seeking damages and compensation for allegedly defrauding her millions of dollars in real estate interest from her late grandfather’s estate.

Ms Trump, a trained clinical psychologist, filed a complaint in September 2020, months after her bestselling book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Made the World’s Most Dangerous Man featured her as the primary source of a Pulitzer Prize winner New York Times report detailing how Mr Trump, Ms Barry and their late brother Robert Trump allegedly worked with their grandfather Fred Trump Sr to embezzle funds from rental properties, in which Ms Trump allegedly inherited interests from her late father, Fred Trump Jr.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants conspired to carry out “a complex ploy to divert funds from her interests, hide their scam and deceive her on the true value of what she had inherited” in the years 1981, when her father died of an alcohol-related heart attack and the death of Fred Trump Sr. in 1999.

He further alleges that the Trump siblings “presented her with a stack of fraudulent valuations and a so-called settlement agreement” and tricked her into relinquishing her interests on the basis of fraud that did not not been discovered until the Time exhibit in 2018.

Maryanne Trump Barry Trump, who retired in 2017 from his post as a judge at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in December 2020, which her brother and executor of the estate of Robert Trump (who died in August of the same year) joined in January 2021.

The defendants argued that the action should be dismissed because Mary Trump’s claims are barred by the New York statute of limitations for her claims, and because she waived her right to sue them by signing waivers as part of a settlement agreement to end the litigation over her grandfather’s will. .

Clinical psychologist and author Mary Trump in an appearance on ABC News’ 20/20

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In arguments before the New York Supreme Court, Justice Robert Reed, Ms Barry’s attorney Gary Friedman claimed Ms Trump was a “sophisticated actress” when she signed the disclaimers after being portrayed by a lawyer who was “competent” at the time.

Justice Reed did not appear to accept the argument.

Noting Ms. Trump’s training, he said he had “no doubt” that she would be “sophisticated in the field of psychology,” but expressed doubts that her alleged sophistication extended to questions of “property management”.

When Mr Friedman argued that Ms Trump admitted she was aware of the alleged fraud in a passage from her book that recalls how she felt she had been lied to during settlement talks, the lawyer responded : “Lying does not amount to fraud”.

A lawyer for the former president, James Kiley, said the Time’ an award-winning report could not have been what warned him of the fraud because “nothing” in the report “was a revelation”, but he further argued that the report showed Mrs Trump did not exercises due diligence by not reviewing documents herself.

In response, Ms Trump’s attorney John Quinn told the judge that the Time The investigation was much more complex than that as it revealed how the Trump siblings used a company they called All County Building Supply and Maintenance to siphon off funds from what Mrs Trump would have inherited.

“It was cover-up, and by definition cover-up does not give notice of the fraud it is covering up,” he said.

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Family members urged to help protect online daters from dating scams https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/family-members-urged-to-help-protect-online-daters-from-dating-scams/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 00:01:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/family-members-urged-to-help-protect-online-daters-from-dating-scams/ Friends and relatives of online daters are urged to help protect loved ones from dating fraud, with nearly £ 92million reported lost in total in the past year alone. People who build relationships online between Christmas and Valentine’s Day may be particularly vulnerable to dating fraud, with a peak of 901 reports recorded by the […]]]>

Friends and relatives of online daters are urged to help protect loved ones from dating fraud, with nearly £ 92million reported lost in total in the past year alone.

People who build relationships online between Christmas and Valentine’s Day may be particularly vulnerable to dating fraud, with a peak of 901 reports recorded by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in March 2021.

Of the reports received in the past year, 20% of victims were between 50 and 59 years old, 18% were between 40 and 49 years old and 17% were between 30 and 39 years old.

Criminals may claim that they need the money to travel to visit the victim, pay for emergency medical bills, or even for lucrative investment opportunities. Or they can claim to be in the military or to work overseas.



Weeks or even months later, these criminals will ask for money for a variety of emotional reasons.

Temporary Detective Senior Superintendent Matt Bradford

Chief Superintendent Temporary Detective Matt Bradford, City of London Police, said: “Typically romantic fraudsters will spend weeks gaining the trust of their victims, telling them fabricated stories about who they are and who they are. on their lives – and initially make no suggestion of a desire to ask for money so that the victim can believe their newfound love is genuine.

“But weeks or even months later, these criminals will ask for money for a variety of emotional reasons, and because the emotional relationship is already formed, victims often transfer money without a second thought.

“We are calling on family members who think their loved ones can hang out online to help them be aware of the warning signs that they might be being cheated, especially if the person dating is not. not particularly tech savvy. “

People can help their friends and family members by making sure they have adequate privacy settings on their social media accounts, staying in regular contact, and being aware of the signs of dating fraud.

They can remind loved ones to never transfer money to someone they haven’t met in person and encourage them to report any suspicious behavior to Action Fraud and the police.

In one case brought to light by police, a woman’s father lost £ 1,000 to a fraudster who won her trust.

The man, who is in his 60s and suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was first posted on social media by someone claiming to be a woman who lived in Texas.

The fraudster behind the character had discovered specific information about him, including where he had grown up overseas and the industry he had worked in, and used it as a way to gain his trust and establish a relationship. relationship.

The scam involved a false story of coming to the UK and needing the money.

The victim’s money was eventually refunded by his bank.



It is essential that users educate themselves on how to be a smart online dateer and be aware of the actions that scammers will use to manipulate them.

Hannah Shimko, Online Dating Association

His daughter said: “This whole experience has been incredibly stressful, for me and for my father, and it was really difficult to bring it up with him.

“After I transferred the money, I told him about what had happened and sent him some press articles about the romance fraud to help him understand that this is some type of current scam. “

Hannah Shimko of the Online Dating Association said: “While most users are genuine, there are always those who seek to take advantage of vulnerable people in search of love.

“It is essential that users educate themselves on how to be a smart online dateer and be aware of the actions that scammers will use to manipulate them. “


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Requiring PCR Testing for Isolation Funds May Fail Legal Test, UK Officials Say | Health policy https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/requiring-pcr-testing-for-isolation-funds-may-fail-legal-test-uk-officials-say-health-policy/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 07:02:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/requiring-pcr-testing-for-isolation-funds-may-fail-legal-test-uk-officials-say-health-policy/ Government lawyers have said any legal challenges to forcing low-paid people to take confirmatory PCR tests for financial support during isolation would have a high chance of success, the Guardian has learned. Legal opinions disseminated within the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) are meant to warn that there is a risk of challenge under […]]]>

Government lawyers have said any legal challenges to forcing low-paid people to take confirmatory PCR tests for financial support during isolation would have a high chance of success, the Guardian has learned.

Legal opinions disseminated within the UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) are meant to warn that there is a risk of challenge under the Equality Act.

The boards rate the odds of success for any challenge at 50% to 70%. He says it could be argued that lower socio-economic groups would be at a disadvantage by the decision to remove the PCR Covid confirmatory testing for everyone, if low-paid people were still required to obtain them in order to access payments of £ 500 for support during isolation.

“There is at least a 50-70% medium-high risk of a successful challenge on the basis of equality and rationality if we require individuals to have a confirmatory PCR to access TTSP. [test-and-trace support] payments, ”the board says.

“Indeed, this has a disproportionate impact on people from low-income backgrounds and if [lateral flow tests] are deemed sufficient from a public health and fraud standpoint, then forcing all individuals to legally self-isolate, it is difficult to argue that they should then [need a PCR test to] access TTSP.

The decision to withdraw confirmatory PCR testing for asymptomatic people who test positive by self-reported lateral flow was announced this week. The exception is for low-paid people who wish to request Covid support payments, who must obtain confirmation due to the risk of fraudulent requests.

It was also announced this week that PCR requirements would be removed for travelers arriving in the UK – a move opposed by Health Secretary Sajid Javid on the grounds that it could delay detection of new variants entering the country.

The Guardian revealed this week that Jenny Harries, the head of the UKHSA, had raised concerns that low-paid workers are disadvantaged by changes to England’s Covid testing regime.

In a pre-Christmas memo, she highlighted a greater risk of false negatives for low-income people who were forced to go to a testing center to ensure they were receiving Covid testing and tracing support payments from £ 500.

Harries wrote: “In times of higher prevalence, abandoning confirmatory PCR would mean that those most likely to receive a false negative and therefore potentially get sick, and then seek hospital care later and therefore those most likely to die would be more likely to be those from lower socioeconomic groups who also have a higher risk of underlying health problems as additional risk factors.

The government has made the changes in part to ease the strain on the PCR testing system as the number of Covid cases is at an all-time high, and in part to allow people to start the clock of times of isolation earlier.

However, public health officials were also concerned that a confirmatory PCR would be counterproductive due to the risk of false negatives.

Some experts have previously pointed out that there is still a reasonable chance that a person will have Covid if they have positive lateral flow followed by negative PCR, with PCR missing a positive result about one in 20 times.

It is understood that data prepared for Javid this month contained estimates that around 9,000 of the 195,000 confirmatory PCR tests performed in November in England were false negatives. Out of 20,000 total negatives, this suggested that 45% of all negative PCR results after a positive lateral flow result were false.

In Wales, support payments are made for self-reported testing without the need for a confirmatory PCR.

It is difficult to quantify the number of people affected, but the House of Commons library found that approximately 370,000 support payments were made in November.

This means that around 1 million applications have probably been filed, because based on previous data, the success rate is estimated to be around a third.

The number of payments is likely to have further increased substantially during the latest wave of Covid.

The UKHSA declined to comment on the leaked advice.


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Balfour Beatty to pay £ 49million for US military fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/balfour-beatty-to-pay-49million-for-us-military-fraud/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 12:39:03 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/balfour-beatty-to-pay-49million-for-us-military-fraud/ Balfour Beatty is due to pay the US government $ 65.4million (£ 49million) after pleading guilty to major fraud related to falsified military housing maintenance records. The contractor’s U.S. affiliate, Balfour Beatty Communities, maintained 55 military bases, earning performance fees for various measures, including proof of residents’ satisfaction with their work. From 2013 to 2019, […]]]>

Balfour Beatty is due to pay the US government $ 65.4million (£ 49million) after pleading guilty to major fraud related to falsified military housing maintenance records.

The contractor’s U.S. affiliate, Balfour Beatty Communities, maintained 55 military bases, earning performance fees for various measures, including proof of residents’ satisfaction with their work.

From 2013 to 2019, some of its employees submitted false information showing that it had met maintenance and resident satisfaction targets in several military housing projects. The fraud included altering data in property management software and destroying resident comment cards to falsely inflate the proportion of satisfied responses.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa O Monaco said: “Instead of quickly repairing US military housing as needed, [Balfour Beatty Communities] lied about repairs to pocket millions of dollars in performance bonuses.

“This widespread fraud was the consequence of [its] shattered corporate culture that favored profit over military well-being.

Balfour Beatty apologized and said the actions were contrary to how he expects employees to behave.

Just before Christmas, the company pleaded guilty to one count of major fraud against the United States. District Judge Emmet G Sullivan accepted the plea and ordered him to pay more than $ 33.6 million (£ 24.9 million) in criminal fines and over $ 31.8 million (23 , £ 56million) in restitution to the US military, serve three years of probation and participate in an independent compliance review for three years.

Separately, Balfour has reached a settlement to resolve its civil liability for $ 35.2million (£ 26.1million). He will be credited with the sums he owes for his criminal plea.

As part of its plea deal, Balfour agreed to continue to implement a compliance and ethics program designed to end any future violations of US anti-fraud laws across all of its operations.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, David H. Estes, said: “The men and women who live in military housing across our country […] deserve prompt and professional maintenance from their housing providers. This [Balfour Beatty Communities] not only would fail to provide this service, but would also falsify information to line their pockets is despicable.

FBI Deputy Director Paul M Abbate called the crime “shameful.”

In June of last year, it was announced that former Balfour managers Rick Cunefare, 61, of Glendale, Ariz., And Stacy M Cabrera, 47, of Converse, Texas, had pleaded guilty to “major fraud. ” On the question. The latest statement from the US Department of Justice said other people were also involved in the crime, although it did not say whether other people would face charges.

A statement from Balfour Beatty said he had fully cooperated with the Justice Department’s investigation into the matter.

He added, “Balfour Beatty is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct. The wrongdoing that has taken place is totally contrary to the way the company expects its employees to behave. The company apologizes for the actions of Communities to all of its stakeholders. It has been made clear to all employees that violations of policies, procedures or laws will not be tolerated. Communities welcome the appointment of the Independent Compliance Monitor and look forward to constructive engagement. “

He added that he had carried out a thorough review of the operations of the branch and made a series of changes to prevent such faults from recurring in the future, including the restructuring of his management team and the appointment. new leaders. It also introduced new surveillance controls for its housing maintenance system.


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“I misspelled my husband’s name on his plane ticket” – and other travel mistakes ending a marriage https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/i-misspelled-my-husbands-name-on-his-plane-ticket-and-other-travel-mistakes-ending-a-marriage/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/i-misspelled-my-husbands-name-on-his-plane-ticket-and-other-travel-mistakes-ending-a-marriage/ Even the most discerning travelers can find themselves in the middle of a vacation nightmare, especially after two years of absence. This happened to me recently in New York. I forgot to bring a credit card. No problem, I thought. I have multiple payment cards stored in my phone wallet and I was carrying two […]]]>

Even the most discerning travelers can find themselves in the middle of a vacation nightmare, especially after two years of absence. This happened to me recently in New York. I forgot to bring a credit card. No problem, I thought. I have multiple payment cards stored in my phone wallet and I was carrying two plastic debit cards.

I checked into the Pod 51 hotel in Manhattan at 11 p.m. and handed over a Starling Bank debit card. Decreases. Then my RBS debit card. Decreases. No problem, I told the tired clerk, I’ll pay with the Halifax credit card on my phone.

“We need to see a physical payment card,” she said smugly. “If you can’t pay, you can’t stay.

I accept that this was a cheap hotel (for NYC) but he already had the security of keeping my credit card details in his reservation system.

As visions of sleeping in a doorway on Third Avenue swam past me, RBS sent a message. “Did you just try to pay £ 482 for the Pod 51 in New York,” the bot asked? I returned a Y for Yes and my account was reactivated immediately (it may take up to 10 minutes) and I collapsed in my bed. Lesson learned.

Here are 10 common mistakes that can turn your vacation dream into an expensive nightmare. All are storylines regularly experienced by readers who reached out to Ask the Experts for help.

You put the wrong name on a plane ticket

This is mistake # 1. It is easy to do. You book a ticket for a friend called Jon but his passport name is Jonathan. Your in-laws surprise you with tickets to the Maldives for your honeymoon, but reserve them in your groom’s name before you apply for a new passport.

Airline tickets must be issued in the exact name written on your passport. Otherwise, the trip will be refused by the airline.

Some airlines correct names for free, or put what they call a “note on reservation” for a small mistake; others charge up to £ 200. A few still insist that the ticket is canceled and reissued resulting in high cancellation fees.

If you booked through an agent (except Trailfinders) you will find them very unhelpful in this regard. It will be a battle of wills for the change, even if the airline allows it.

You buy the wrong flight

I know it might sound condescending, but it really is a really bad idea to buy a plane ticket at night. This is because: (a) you are tired; (b) the cut-off time for correcting an error free of charge is often midnight on the day of the reservation, and (c) the correction will likely need to be made by calling a call center, which will have closed for the day. Not all airlines allow you to change dates or destinations after you click “Buy”, but many allow a 24 hour grace period.


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Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen rejoices as Bill Barr receives legal papers: “Happy New Year a ** hole” https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/former-trump-fixer-michael-cohen-rejoices-as-bill-barr-receives-legal-papers-happy-new-year-a-hole/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 20:29:43 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/former-trump-fixer-michael-cohen-rejoices-as-bill-barr-receives-legal-papers-happy-new-year-a-hole/ Michael Cohen has announced that his lawyers have come to the home of former Attorney General Bill Barr to serve him legal action – claiming that Donald Trump retaliated against him. In the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Cohen, who was once Mr. Trump’s private attorney, alleges the former president retaliated against him for writing revealing memoirs. […]]]>

Michael Cohen has announced that his lawyers have come to the home of former Attorney General Bill Barr to serve him legal action – claiming that Donald Trump retaliated against him.

In the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Cohen, who was once Mr. Trump’s private attorney, alleges the former president retaliated against him for writing revealing memoirs.

Cohen took on twitter to reveal the news, signing his Tweet saying “Happy New Year *****” to the former attorney general.

As was first reported by The daily mail, the lawsuit has been filed in Manhattan federal court, and it sees Cohen seeking damages for “extreme physical and emotional damage” caused by Mr. Trump.

It is claimed that much of the animosity between men stems from Cohen’s explosive book: Treacherous: The True Story of President Donald J. Trump’s Former Personal Prosecutor – who savagely the 75-year-old woman.

The lawyer struck off the bar was recently released after serving a three-year prison sentence, which he accuses his former boss of having swollen in an act of bitter revenge.

He presented to prison in May 2019, but was returned to house arrest after 11 months due to Covid-19.

Federal authorities abruptly ordered him to return to prison a few weeks later, claiming that he did not agree to certain conditions of his release. Cohen, however, maintains that he simply asked for clarification on the terms of his release.

The 55-year-old says the second stint behind bars began with 16 grueling days in solitary confinement. Meanwhile, Cohen says he suffered from shortness of breath, severe headaches, and anxiety inside a cramped cell that he only left for 30 minutes a day.

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“What happened here is just apparent. It’s political retribution, ”said Andrew Laufer, Cohen’s lawyer, says Courthouse News . “They violated my client’s First Amendment rights by retaliating against him, and we intend to seek compensation for this.”

He added: “It is only an integral part of what the Trump administration stood for.”

Cohen was not shy about speaking out on several separate entanglements involving the former president and his extended family.

In February 2019, during a testimony given to Congress, the former fixer admitted that Mr. Trump has inflated and deflated his own assets.

It is now the subject of a civilian investigation in New York into possible financial fraud by the Trump Organization.



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UK trade fraud hot spots revealed https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/uk-trade-fraud-hot-spots-revealed/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:34:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/uk-trade-fraud-hot-spots-revealed/ New research has revealed the UK’s biggest trade fraud hotspots – with York and North Yorkshire close to the top spot. The research, conducted by anti-fraud experts SEON, identifies areas with the highest rates per 100,000 inhabitants. Using data from Action Fraud, the data recorded both the total number of fraud reports in each area […]]]>

New research has revealed the UK’s biggest trade fraud hotspots – with York and North Yorkshire close to the top spot.

The research, conducted by anti-fraud experts SEON, identifies areas with the highest rates per 100,000 inhabitants.

Using data from Action Fraud, the data recorded both the total number of fraud reports in each area and the number of commercial or corporate fraud cases.

He then compared them to demographics, giving the relative rates of fraud and commercial fraud in each geographic area.

The City of London has the highest corporate fraud rate per 100,000 people in the country with 100.92 cases, which is not surprising given the City of London’s status as a hub of business. UK financial industry – home to a large number of businesses, while also being at home. to a relatively small number of people.

Nottinghamshire has the second highest corporate fraud rate in the country, making the county a much riskier place to do business than the majority of the country.

In third place is North Yorkshire. Researchers say this encompasses several affluent small towns and market towns, like York and Harrogate, which serve as trade hubs for the region and are likely the focus of attention for fraudsters in the region.


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