HC Deb 09 November 1937 vol 328 cc1616-7W
Mr. Johnston

asked the Attorney-General whether he can give a list of the prosecutions undertaken by the Crown against persons accused of share-pushing frauds during the past 18 months; the estimated amounts of the moneys involved in each charge; and the results of the prosecutions?

The Attorney-General

This answer refers to cases undertaken by the Director of Public Prosecutions. I have no information with regard to other prosecutions, if any, that there may have been. I should like to add that the amounts of money involved in each charge do not represent the total losses sustained by the victims of these frauds and I have no data on which even a rough estimate of this latter figure could be based.

There are five further prosecutions which have been undertaken but not concluded, involving 26 defendants.

Share-pushing Cases.
Prosecution. Amount Involved. Result.
£ s. d.
Rcy Jardine Angus 2,060 0 0 Convicted.
Douglas Stanley Hewitt 1,133 5 9 Convicted.
William Underhill 32,225 11 0 Convicted.
John William Robert Elphinstone Convicted.
Samuel Taylor Convicted.
James Harvey Brown 5,025 0 0 Convicted.
Dorothy Florence Brander Not convicted.
William Robinson Convicted.
Charles William Dickinson 456 11 0 Convicted.
Dore Isidore Ba [...]mgart No amount stated in Indictment. Conspiracy charge only. Convicted.
Edward Harold Guylee 1,042 11 6 Convicted.
Frederick Narramore Convicted.
Arthur Christopher William Cheeseley Convicted.
Harold Bennett Not convicted.
John Northam …. Not convicted.
James Thomas Dixon Not convicted.
Henry Isaac Rothfield Convicted.
Michael Albert Isaacs 10,225 7 11 Convicted.
£52,168 7 2

In addition conversion of or receiving shares value of which not stated.

Mr. Johnston

asked the Lord Advocate, whether he is now in a position to state when further proceedings, if any, are to be taken against Thomas Charlton, arrested, charged, and released on £600 bail, at Edinburgh sheriff court in February, 1936, on share-pushing charges?

The Lord Advocate

Following exhaustive investigations both in Edinburgh and in London, the charge in this case was dropped last spring owing to insufficiency of evidence.