This handbook is a practical and essential guide to fraud in the UK and the relevant investigatory bodies. It enhances the reader's practical understanding of fraud, and how it is committed, detected, prosecuted, and defended. The book clearly identifies the prevalent ways in which particular types of fraud are committed in the UK and the defenses thereto. Tables are used to provide instantly accessible checklists of what must be proved, the means by which it is often proved, and frequently encountered issues and defenses. No other book provides practical assistance by way of indicators of prevalent fraud offenses, nor the way in which defendants often respond to such indicators. Contents includes: historical approach to fraud and modern approach to fraud (UK Fraud Act 2006) * powers and duties of prosecutorial authorities: CPS, HMRC, serious fraud office, financial services authority, and trading standards * prevalent offenses: MTIC (Missing Trader Intra community), ponzi, boiler room, long firm, advance fee, carbon credit, VAT fraud, mortgage fraud, land banking fraud, cheating the revenue, conspiracy to defraud, money laundering, Fraud Act offenses * common defenses * frequent or typical disclosure requests * the role of the "Preparatory Hearing" and applications for "Interlocutory Appeals" * disclosure in fraud cases * abuse of process in fraud * civil alternatives to fraud prosecutions * sentencing * confiscation, including civil recovery/asset tracing.