Fantasists who lied about sex abuse allowed to keep compensation

first_imgDavid Bryant, a former firefighter, was wrongly convicted of historic child abuse and his conviction will be overturnedCredit:Eddie Mulholland  Show more Harvey ProctorCredit:Paul Grover   Lord Bramall  He was freed from jail only after it emerged that Mr Day, from Bromley in Kent, had previously sought medical treatment for being a ‘chronic liar’. Among his lies, Mr Day had falsely claimed he had been selected for the British boxing team at the Los Angeles Olympics but dropped out because of the trauma. Mr day had also brought a false claim for civil damages from Mr Bryant. Harvey Proctor  Jemma Beale, 25, who is to be sentenced for making a series of false rape and sexual assault allegations Mr Bryant’s lawyer Rupert Butler said: “Danny day got £11,000 compensation for the alleged rape. There is no provision for clawing back the money once it has been paid out, even in the event of somebody successfully appealing the conviction.”Mr Butler suggested that one deterrent for the CICA is the expense of taking a false claimant to court to try to get money back. The CICA’s legal fees in going to court could easily exceed the compensation paid out, while there is no guarantee false accusers had not spent the money by the time they are exposed.The CICA defended its actions and insisted it did all it could to recover money wrongly paid out. The CICA refused to comment on specific cases and was unable to disclose the extent of the problem.The CICA says in its charter that it must “ensure all incidents of fraud or suspected fraud are dealt with promptly and appropriately; report fraud to the relevant police authority and support any police prosecution; and seek to recover awards of compensation, from the public purse, if awarded as the result of a fraudulent claim.” Jemma Beale, 25, who is to be sentenced for making a series of false rape and sexual assault allegationsCredit:PA  The CICA insisted a team was employed to investigate  fraudulent claims which could then be passed on to police. But opponents complain there is no easy mechanism for recovering money already paid out and likely to have been spent.Alleged victims of crime can receive money even where no perpetrator has been found or convicted.The CICA scheme consists of a sliding scale for compensation depending on the seriousness of the injury. Some law firms even publish a “sexual abuse compensation calculator” on their websites that allows people work out how much money they are entitled to.Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee, said: “The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is in place to allow victims of crime to receive the compensation they are entitled to.“Whilst fraudulent claims are rare, it is crucial that any accusation of abuse of the system is fully investigated. Where it is clear a claim is false, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority works closely with the police to prosecute perpetrators and recover any funds paid out.“It is vital that the public can have absolute confidence in the system. We will investigate these claims fully and will not hesitate to take action if evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered.” David Bryant, a former firefighter, was wrongly convicted of historic child abuse and his conviction will be overturned The problem has been compounded, according to victims of false allegations, by a compensation culture that has included lawyers touting for business for sex abuse victims. Some firms have even advertised in prison publications for clients. The friend said: “Nick has been exposed as a complete fantasist. It is outrageous that the compensation money has not been clawed back. The whole thing is completely mad.”Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP, who lost his home, job and reputation after being falsely accused of rape and murder by ‘Nick’, said: “Compensation should not be paid out in cases where there is an ongoing criminal investigation until that investigation has been completed. Also there ought to be some mechanism whereby the money can be automatically recovered if the person is found to have lied.“It is completely at odds with justice to be handing out public money to people who are making up claims and provides an incentive for people to do so.”Another serial liar who received £11,000 from the CICA is Danny Day, who falsely accused David Bryant, a Dorset fire chief, of rape. Mr Bryant, 66, spent two and a half years in jail before the Court of Appeal exonerated him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fantasists who allege they were sex abuse victims are being allowed to keep taxpayer-funded compensation – even after their claims have been exposed as false, a Telegraph investigation can reveal.Last night, ministers launched an investigation into why thousands of pounds paid out to fake victims has not been clawed back.Critics fear the system could have helped to encourage an industry of false claimants.The Telegraph can disclose that the man who falsely accused Field Marshall Lord Bramall and Lord Brittan, the former Home Secretary, of involvement in a VIP paedophile ring has hung onto £50,000 paid to him by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).  Lord Bramall Credit:Geoff Pugh  A friend of Lord Bramall, the 93-year-old D-Day veteran and former head of the Army, said it was deeply worrying that ‘Nick’ still had his money and that there was no automatic guarantee it can be reclaimed after he was exposed as a fantasist. The man, who can be identified only as ‘Nick’, has been under investigation for almost a year for perverting the course of justice.A second man, whose false allegation of historic rape led to a fire brigade chief being wrongly jailed, has not been required to pay back £11,000 awarded to him.A third fantasist Jemma Beale, who was convicted of perverting the course of justice last month over a string of false rape claims, also received £11,000 from CICA. Bob Neill, the Conservative chairman of the all-party Commons Justice Committee, said he would raise the issue when the committee reconvenes this month.Mr Neill said: “It is quite wrong that it should be so easy for people to be paid compensation on the basis of something that has not been tested and proved, and even worse that nothing is done to get that money back if the allegations prove to be false.“I hope steps will be taken to recover this money and if there is no mechanism to do so there certainly ought to be one.“We will be looking at a raft of issues and it’s certainly something I will raise with colleagues when the committee is reconstituted.”‘Nick’ has been under police investigation for almost a year for making false abuse claims and also for receiving compensation for his alleged ordeal. Metropolitan Police officers assigned to investigate his lurid claims of murder and abuse even helped him with his CICA claim. He received the compensation even though nobody was ever charged over his false allegations.last_img


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