Colin Witcher Leading Michael Polak conclude high-profile fraud 

Colin Witcher
By: Colin Witcher July 29, 2022
Michael Polak
By: Michael Polak July 29, 2022

The Southwark Crown Court has formally lifted reported restrictions after a series of linked cases came to a conclusion. 

Colin Witcher and Michael Polak, both of Chambers Crime and Regulatory Team, represented the first defendant over the course of a five-week trial at Southwark Crown Court in January and February 2022. The defendant was alleged to have been the lead defendant and party to the global conspiracy in which fake hospitality packages for high profile rugby matches were fraudulently sold to businesses. However, the Jury rejected that argument, and the defendant was convicted of involvement in only one strand of the fraud. The same made a demonstrable difference at sentencing today both in respect to harm and culpability. 

The case was covered in the press:

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/nine-guilty-over-international-rugby-tickets-fraud-2022-04-07/

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2022-04-08/gang-behind-twickenham-international-rugby-ticket-scam-netted-18m

https://www.bedfordshirelive.co.uk/news/bedfordshire-news/dunstable-man-amongst-nine-fraudsters-6923186

https://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/crime/dunstable-man-who-scammed-people-out-of-more-than-ps18m-for-fake-rugby-tickets-is-convicted-3645293

Counsel were instructed by Mr Attiq Malik of Liberty Law Solicitors.



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