At Liverpool Crown Court on 2 October 2018 sentences were handed down on 6 defendants who had all been convicted after a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office, led by Alistair Webster Q.C. Following a four and a half month trial, the men were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud. The convictions were the culmination of a 4 year investigation in which Alistair was engaged as lead counsel throughout.
Sentences totalled 30 years and 4 months, with directors’ disqualifications totalling 48 years also imposed.
Alistair comments: “ It is really good to have been involved from the very earliest stages of the operation, dating back to the applications for search warrants. The lead conspirators were deeply devious and dishonest men who put up an elaborate defence designed to fool the jury. My team is left with a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.”
This case represents one of a long string of successes for Alistair in complicated cases involving SFO, FCA and HMRC. His analytical and persuasive skills have been pointed out year in and year out by the leading guides.