Home Office to Crack Down on Printing Fraud

The home office has unveiled new proposals that would make it a criminal offence for manufacturers and suppliers to supply individuals involved with identity fraud specialised printing equipment, whether it was intentional or not. The equipment includes plastic card printers, ultra violet inks and hot foiling machines.Those found guilty of not carrying out reasonable checks or by knowingly supplying criminals can then be imprisoned for up to ten years. The legislation will only come into place later this year after a four week consultation with members of the printing industry. The move comes after ‘Project Genesius’; a partnership between the printing industry, who has lobbied for legislation on the matter for years, and the Metropolitan Police Service. Figures from the National Fraud Industry estimate that fake documents for identity crime have cost the country at least £2.7billion in 2010, with 1.8 million people being effected.

Detective Nick Downing from the MPS said that despite the partnership being a success, “organised criminal groups are still able to buy specialist equipment without any questions asked”

“Not only do the public suffer from billions of pounds of fraud each year, but the false identity documents also help criminals to avoid the law.”

Consumer facts about ink cartridges

Remanufactured ink cartridges can have a positive impact on the environment, because of less oil being required to make them functional than a cartridge that is brand new. Ink cartridges that are not recycled can also be an environmental problem because of the length of time that they can take to decompose – which can be a thousand years.

When as many as a million ink and toner cartridges are recycled, this results in around 19 thousands barrels of oils not having to be used.

The manufacture of a new toner cartridge involves approximately twice as much oil being used, compared to the amount of oil required for a remanufactured or compatible cartridge.

When a single toner cartridge is manufactured an approximate 3.5 litres of oil is used. For the manufacture of an ink cartridge the figure is 90ml of oil.

For every 50 cartridges that are newly manufactured the amount of oil used is a whole barrel.