Multiple fraudsters in Luton reoffend within a year

Multiple fraudsters in Luton went on to reoffend within the space of just one year, figures reveal.

By Patrick Jack,
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 10:46 am

Figures from the Ministry of Justice show that 29 adults were released from prison, cautioned or handed a non-custodial conviction for fraud at court between July 2019 and June 2020 in Luton.

Of those, two committed at least one further crime within 12 months.

The previous year, six out of 43 fraudsters reoffended.

Multiple fraudsters in Luton reoffend within a year, according to new figures

Across England and Wales, around one in five fraud offenders reoffended within a year of their release or conviction in the year to June 2020 – compared to just 13.9% in the year to June 2010.

This rise was the second biggest of all types of crime, behind violent offences.

The MoJ warned some prolific criminals might appear multiple times in the figures over a year if they repeatedly reoffend, which could lead to an increase in reoffending rates.

It added there might be more volatility in the data because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the criminal justice system.

Cifas, a not-for-profit fraud prevention membership organisation, said fraud can have a "devastating impact on victims".

Amber Burridge, head of fraud intelligence for Cifas, said: "The findings from a Victims’ Commissioner report in October 2021 shows that 1 in 5 fraud victims are highly vulnerable having lost money or property and experienced severe or multiple emotional reactions such as anxiety or depression.

"Often people feel ashamed and embarrassed about being a victim to fraud and may be susceptible to further scams that claim to help you get your money back as they try to deal with it alone.”

She added that any victims of financial fraud should report it and let their bank know immediately.

Nationally, 25.8% of people reoffended in the most recent annual period – down slightly from 27.4% the year before.

People released from prison, cautioned or handed a non-custodial conviction for theft offences had the highest rates of reoffending – 47.9%.

In Luton, 22.4% of all offenders broke the law again within a year – down from 24.1% the year before.

Between them, the 308 reoffenders racked up 1,118 new offences – an average of 3.6 each.

At 42.2%, reoffending rates were also highest for theft offences in the area.