Facebook and Twitter used in divorce cases to track hidden wealth

Facebook used in divorce cases to track hidden wealth
Social media sites like Facebook are becoming increasingly useful in fraud cases (Picture: Martin Keene/PA Wire)

Private user information on social media sites is being used to track hidden assets in divorce proceedings, according to a top solicitor.

Judges are granting permission for lawyers to go through Facebook and Twitter accounts looking for evidence that ex-spouses are hiding wealth due to the vast amounts of personal data that are stored on the sites.

Fraud and asset recovery specialist Steven Philippsohn revealed that lawyers can apply for court orders for disclosure of private information without the person in question being told.

Court orders such as this supersede normal privacy laws when there is a suspicion of fraud.

Mr Philippsohn, who works for PCB Litigation, said it is much easier to catch lying ex-partners out.

‘It is not so much word of mouth anymore,’ he told The Telegraph.

‘People write to each other and about each other more than ever before in texts, emails, on social media, and we as lawyers can look for evidence among this.

‘There might be an argument or disagreement said between two people which you will never be able to prove but if it is there in black and white on the internet that will make it easier in regard to any court application.

PCB Litigation has used a number of social media sites to investigate potential fraudsters.

‘Past experience suggests that the introduction of any new form of social media is invariably followed by disclosure and search orders to obtain material evidence from that source,’ added Mr Philippsohn.

Social media has proved to be the undoing of a number of defendants in criminal trials.

In March, a woman in Michigan was arrested after boasting on Facebook that she had passed a breathalyser test despite being drunk.

Cocky thug Ross Dunn was famously jailed for three-and-a-half years by an unforgiving judge after posting ‘see you all in a year or so!’ on his Facebook page after being arrested for breaching bail following an attack on a pub landlady.

4 June 2014 | 8:32 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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