On 30 January 2017, following a four-month trial, former HBOS employees Scourfield and Mark Dobson involved in HBOS scandal were convicted of fraud and corruption involving a scheme that cost the bank £245m. Scourfield pleaded guilty to six counts including corruption, and Dobson was found guilty of counts including bribery, fraud and money laundering.
The HBOS (Halifax Bank of Scotland) fraud trial was highly unusual in that senior bankers were convicted of crimes, including fraud and hiding the proceeds of crime, in the boom of irresponsible lending ahead of the 2008 crash. As Lloyds reopens compensation claims over HBOS fraud and almost a decade after the HBOS fraud victims will hopefully be finally compensated. Loyds damning review found that victims were not all treated equally after fraudsters plundered £1bn to fund sex parties, superyachts and lavish holidays. The victims were the taxpayer, small business customers of the bank, and HBOS shareholders.
Fraud Advisory Panel
Fraud Advisory Panel discusses the HBOS scandal in an executive breakfast briefing. Which will take a deep dive into the case and take stock of the significant challenges faced by counter-fraud professionals to ensure fair access to justice for those affected by fraud and financial crime, especially SMEs. The agenda is comprised of the following:
- The impact of the HBOS fraud on its victims.
- The practical challenges faced by law enforcement and prosecutors in large corporate frauds.
- The work of the APPG on Fair Business Banking to support SME victims.
- The key lessons that can be learnt from HBOS and how these can be used to inform proactive action to support victims.
- Nick Gould, Aria Grace Law
- Brian O’Neill QC, 2 Hare Court
- Anthony Stansfeld, Police Crime Commissioner, Thames Valley
- Kevin Hollinrake MP Thirsk and Malton, Co-chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking
In the chair
- Rachel Sexton, director, Fraud Advisory Panel
Time: 08:30 – 10:30
Venue: Live interactive session
Costs: FAP member £20+VAT; Non-member £30+VAT
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