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False Representations in Fraud and Cyber Fraud

Speaker: John Ojakovoh
Chambers: Two Harcourt Buildings

John has extensive experience with a successful practice in white-collar, cyber, and organised crime, and other serious crime. He often leads teams in complex cases, often as Leading Counsel or led by Queen’s Counsel. John is often described as a “go-to person” for fraud and cybercrime. 

Here John takes us through relevant legislation, while answering some useful questions. He provides an array of examples of “false representations” in practice. He uses these examples to illustrate how representations can be determined as “false” and “intentional.”

Key words/topics


False representation

“Smishing” Fraud

Cyber crime

Tax Cyber Fraud

Fraudulent Tax Rebate

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Requisite intention

Computer Misuse Act 1990

Sham business deals

Failing to disclose

Abuse of position

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As a Grade 4 (the highest) on the CPS General, Fraud and Serious Crime Panels, John brings an in-depth understanding of complex disclosure and PII, and issues arising from IPA and RIPA.

John also undertakes private instructions to represent companies, charities, company directors, shareholders, and consortiums, defending and pursuing private prosecutions. 

To all his work, John brings an ability to master complex financial, technical, and voluminous evidence quickly with his Mathematics background, MBA, and IT, finance, and accounting expertise from his previous city career in strategy consulting. 

John also has a busy advisory practice, whether instructed by prosecution or defence. Examples of areas in which John has advised include trademark offences, fraud against a High Street retailer, complex disclosure, abuse of process, and a potential private prosecution arising from a civil dispute.