Conspiracy to Defraud: Gilmore Decision Highlights Gap in UK Extradition Law

Publication Date01 Jan 1999
Pages264-266
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/eb025893
AuthorLinda Candler
SubjectAccounting & finance
Journal of Financial Crime Vol. 6 No. 3 Extradition Law
EXTRADITION LAW
Conspiracy to Defraud: Gilmore Decision
Highlights Gap in UK Extradition Law
Linda Candler
In the USA, conspiracy to defraud is a statutory
offence. Title 18, US Code, s.
371,
the general
conspiracy statute, provides that:
'If two or more persons conspire either to
commit any offence against the United States, or
to defraud the United States, or any agency
thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and
one or more of such persons do any act to effect
the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined
under this title or imprisoned not more than
five
years,
or both.
If, however, the offence, the commission of
which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misde-
meanor only, the punishment for such conspir-
acy shall not exceed the maximum punishment
provided for such misdemeanor.'
This statute is widely used and includes conspi-
racies to obtain government funds by fraudulent
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