Operation Duma - £45 million Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud £45 million Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud involving deals between many family owned businesses and losses to HMRC. Athena Forensics examined the Prosecution evidence and identified the presence of corruption within the data provided and absence of information relating to the original seizure of that data by a national anti-fraud agency. The evidence produced formed the basis of the computer evidence for each of the 5 Defence teams during the 6 month Trial.
Terrorism - Plot to kill the British Prime Minister The Defendant was accused of being involved in a plot to kill the British Prime Minister. The operation led by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit identified the defendant as being in possession of material that could be prepared to commit an act of terrorism. Whilst a number of items included substances and equipment a large volume of material was identified on computer equipment that included instructions to commit terrorist acts. Athena Forensics examined the computer based evidence and provided a report and attended court in response to the Prosecution findings. As a result of our computer forensic experts report the Defendant was found not guilty of 5 of the 10 Counts on the Indictment which were in relation to the computer based evidence.
R-v-Anthony F - Impact of The Alteration of Digital Evidence A public service worker was accused of possessing a number of unlawful images that were identified on a multi-access work computer. The Defendant denied knowingly downloading the unlawful material. The presence of the images was confirmed, however, the actions taken by the organisation in the detection and investigation of the computer prior to Police involvement were found to have significantly altered the reliability of the evidence. The Defendant was found not guilty of the allegations following a 5-day Trial at Crown Court due to the procedures taken by the Audit department.
Data Theft - Confidential and Client Information An investigation was requested by an International recruitment agency to conduct an examination of a senior employee who had left the company. The company suspected that the employee had forwarded contact client information and confidential data to his personal e-mail address shortly before his departure. An examination of the computer revealed that prior to deleting his e-mails, contact and client information had been sent to his personal e-mail account as well as an individual within his new company. From the evidence provided by Athena's investigators proceedings were taken against the previous employee.
R-v-Matthew T – Possessing and Making Indecent Images of Children The Defendant was accused of making and possessing unlawful images that were identified by Police on his home computer. An expert from Athena examined the origins of the images and identified that they had been created as the user browsed the Internet. During the browsing activity a number of items of malicious software had also been encountered. A review of these items by Athena experts revealed that they were likely to have caused the creation of the images. The Police examiner agreed with this and the Prosecution case was dropped.
R-v-Graham S – Making Indecent Images of Children and Child Grooming An Investigator at Athena forensics was instructed to examine computer evidence on behalf of Hampshire Police for unlawful images. The examination revealed the presence of a significant number of unlawful images as well as chat messages and e-mails to implicate the accused in further offences. The Defendant pleaded to all of the charges at Crown Court.
Employment Dispute – Unfair Dismissal The case involved an employment tribunal of an employee of a British based manufacturer who claimed that they had been unfairly dismissed. The case centered on whether an e-mail had been sent by the employee to his manager. An examination of the computer failed to identify the presence of the e-mail using standard techniques. However, using specialist forensic techniques, Athena investigators were able to identify the partially deleted e-mail within an area of the hard drive that is not normally accessible. The evidence was provided and a settlement was then made between both parties.
Probate – Deletion of Documents An investigation was requested of a company laptop computer by a UK based design company for evidence to indicate the deletion of a file that contained the will of its deceased Managing Director. The investigation recovered a relevant word document that had been deleted following the parties death.
R-v-David M – Possessing and Making Indecent Images of Children The Defendant was accused of making and possessing unlawful images that were identified by Police on two home computers. An expert from Athena identified that the images had been automatically stored to the hard drive when nudist websites had been browsed. The Police then instructed an independent expert who supported their original findings and also identified further supportive material. The case proceeded to Trial at Crown Court and the Prosecution offered no evidence after 3 days into the Court hearing.
R-v-William A – Harassment The Defendant was accused of the harassment of an ex-partner on a number of occasions via the Internet over a 5 month period. Athena Forensics provided evidence that caused the charges to be reduced to activity over a 1 month period. The Prosecution eventually offered no evidence at Court on the date in which the Trial was due to commence at the Court of Appeal.
At Athena Forensics our client’s confidentiality is of the utmost importance. All correspondence is treated with discretion, from initial contact to the conclusion of any computer forensics investigation.
Our computer forensics experts are fully aware of the significance and importance of the information that they encounter. Our computer forensic experts are all security cleared and we offer non-disclosure agreements if required. Our premises along with our security procedures have been inspected by law enforcement agencies.
Athena Forensics do not disclose personal information to other companies or suppliers.
All Athena Forensics client's documents and data is stored securely and our premises and facilities conform to ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) guidelines including 24-hour security. Upon completion of a computer forensic investigation all data is securely destroyed.
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