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Financial Conduct Authority - 4 Years Imprisonment for Fraudulent Trading



Financial Conduct Authority | 4 Years Imprisonment for Fraudulent Trading | Sanctuary Law’s Financial Crime Team

28th August 2021

Ian James Hudson was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment on 26th July 2021 at Southwark Crown Court for one count of fraudulent trading, in addition to 14 months for two further counts of breaching section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA).


Criminal Proceedings | Sanctuary Law’s Financial Crime Team

Following his guilty please, Mr Hudson’s sentences are to run concurrently. These sentences follow charges brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to carrying on a business, Richmond Associates, for a fraudulent purpose and carrying on regulated activities without authorisation or exemption from authorisation.


Mr Hudson was charged with participating in a fraudulent business, Richmond Associates contrary to section 9 Fraud Act 2006; carrying on a regulated activity (accepting deposits) without authorisation or exemption contrary to section 23(1) FSMA, and carrying on a regulated activity (advising on investments) without authorisation or exemption contrary to section 23(1) FSMA between January 2008 and July 2019.


The FCA announced on 20th May 2021 that it had commenced criminal proceedings against Mr Hudson following their investigation into unregulated advice. Following the conviction, the FCA have confirmed that they are now pursuing confiscation proceedings. Any sums of money recovered from Mr Hudson will be used to compensate his victims.


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