"Lesley Thomson QC, Scotland's Solicitor General, wrote in Age Scotland's magazine Advantage about bogus callers and what she and the Crown Office are doing to combat this threat and tragic crime. She says, "My message is clear, do not let them get away with it."
In terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I request the following information:
Number of prosecutions by the Procurator Fiscal in Kilmarnock in each of the past ten years in connection with bogus callers and building scammers.
Number of successful convictions and penalty in each case."
I refer also to your email of 5 April 2017 in which you confirmed that you would be content to receive data relating to the last 3 financial years due to the cost exemptions applied to the time scale in your original request.
From 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017, 25 charges were reported to COPFS alleging incidents of bogus callers and building scammers within the jurisdiction of the Procurator Fiscal at Kilmarnock. Of these 25 charges, I can advise the following:
- Prosecutions were raised in respect of 19 of the charges reported
- There have been convictions in five charges with sentences of imprisonment ranging from 6 to 12 months
- One charge was libelled as an alternative charge which is not relative to your request
- Proceedings are ongoing in two charges
- In four charges, no action was taken at the outset, due to insufficient evidence
- Two charges are still under consideration.