This letter comes from the bitter experience of Norma Ferrie. She writes it straight from the heart, requesting her MP Margaret Beckett to sign Early Day Motion 516 on Reporting of Fraud:
Dear Mrs Beckett MP
There are many hundreds of people out there who have got together because they have been defrauded by professionals in positions of trust, be they accountant or solicitors. The fact remains that this group of victims are far less likely to access justice because of either obstructions or a corrupt official.
I have set out my own reasons why this Early Day Motion is fundamental in reversing the imbalance and inequality that the public are disadvantaged by. I have been the victim of fraud, having my house taken by some unsavoury individuals, one of which has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for fraud and murder. With no proper recourse for accessing adequate fair and proper process, the perpetrators who are accountable under the Criminal Justice Act, and the Fraud Act are protected by the very industry that is responsible for regulating and protecting the public against the dishonesty of certain professionals. Like me there are many thousands of innocent members of the public, who have had everything taken from them not because the law says it can, but because they say they can.
Those individuals have the privileged position of trust and betray that trust out of greed, and because they know the victim has no means of fair and proper recourse to right the wrongs, forced upon them by individuals who act without fear of impunity. They are also protected by the little known “memorandum of understanding” between the Law Society and the ACPO. This in effect puts the Police Authority, a “public body”, to act in the first instance when a victim reports the criminal activity of a solicitor. The police must first inform the Law Society. The Law Society is obligated and duty bound to act first and foremost at all times in the interests of its member “solicitors”. The public are not privy to what the Law Society say to the police, but that one phone call (in my own case) in many hundreds, if not thousands, of cases is enough for the police not only not to take action, but to not even look at the evidence the victim has that shows undeniable proof of evidence of the crimes that have been committed.
I have a letter from the Home Office were the ACPO AND THE LAW SOCIETY tried to deny its exsistence, and assured me that it had not been approved by the Home Office. Yet I sat with that very document in my hand as I read its denial. I was left to investigate my own case which led me to John David Cort of Leicester, sentenced to 29 years for fraud and murder. This is greed when it gets out of control. Confirmation of this can be found on the Leicester & Rutland CPS website.
Despite having provided the Law Society with evidence that this man who was in no way connected to my own case, acted for a third party by accessing my bank account details for the purpose of redeeming my mortgage in a scam that began with a previous solicitor from 2005/2006/2007, the Law Society sat on that evidence that I provided. In 2008 /2009 the Law Society closed down his practice and took over his cases. Despite a police investigation into this man’s dodgy dealings, this evidence was not disclosed for the purpose of obstructing and preventing a criminal investigation which protected the other individuals who were involved.
I am told that government is independent of the legal industry. This “independent industry” is abusing its power to determine how justice is served, by preventing the public the access at the very point of accessing justice: the police. This is absolutely unacceptable. This leaves the public dangerously unprotected.
Even now (July/August 2010) whilst the SRA who have now been provided with the evidence of the criminal activities of these individuals, together with violations under several equal and human rights acts, including protected rights, together with numerous offences under the data protection act, the SRA are still opposed to contacting the police, whereby the very instrument that obliges them to the “memorandum of understanding” is not being used for the purpose they want us to believe it is there for.
This memorandum should be outlawed in the public interest, as there is no independence for the public to seek accountability and protection. This is a violation of the public’s right to seek fair and proper process.
I want you to know I am not an activist. I am an ordinary woman whose talents lie with gardening. But when something like this intrudes in your life, privacy and your rights as a citizen, it causes me great concern for the public and should be of grave concern to us all. Because this perverse and corrupt manipulation of the public’s right to expect integrity in all areas of the law, has infiltrated into our justice system, where enough money can buy you a turning of a blind eye to the victim’s rights and the laws that are set down to govern and protect us all.
The Law Society’s culture of secrecy and protectiveness of dishonest solicitors is in its entirety self perpetuating in the ever increasing numbers of dishonest solicitors, producing increasing numbers of victims. Even trying to seek help from the CAB and the law centre, victims will not be helped because the CAB/ Law Centres must report to their boss, the Law Society, who also regulate these organisations, for the poor and vulnerable. The Law Society’s tentacles are far reaching. I hope one day there will be law centres completely independent of the Law Society. I thought that the Police were one such independent office.
I am going to ask, if you will sign up as many other MPs to the Early Day Motion 516 Reporting of Fraud.
I have also sent this to all the MEPs, as we are in the EU. Our democracy and the right of its citizens are being eroded by corrupt forces infiltrating the legal industry and the judiciary.
Having witnessed what certain individuals were allowed to get away with was startling, but having witnessed why they were allowed to get away with it, was even more terrifying.