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Problem solved, as recycling consultant jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 14, 2018 12:17 BST

An Ayrshire recycling consultant, who stole more than £300,000 in tax, has been jailed after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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Tobacco smuggling gang leader behind bars

Press Releases   •   May 11, 2018 16:31 BST

A Leeds fraudster, who led a six-man tobacco smuggling gang in a conspiracy to put millions of illegal cigarettes on the streets, has been jailed for seven years.

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Two arrests in suspected £12m tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 10, 2018 11:53 BST

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected £12 million VAT fraud.

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HMRC doubles number of workers receiving back pay by enforcing the National Minimum Wage

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 12:29 BST

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has more than doubled the number of underpaid workers getting the money they’re owed under the National Minimum Wage, according to latest figures.

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Working at the car wash didn't pay for fraudster caught in HMRC blitz

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 10:27 BST

A car wash owner who failed to pay £100,000 duty on more than 400,000 cigarettes has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Pshtewan Sharef Ibrahim, 42, from Warrington, kept the illicit cigarettes at self-storage units in his hometown. The cigarettes were sniffed out by specially trained detector dogs during a visit to the premises by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers, on 30 November 2016.

When questioned by officers, Ibrahim said he was paid £200 to rent the two storage units on behalf of someone else and that he used them to store his car wash equipment.

He pleaded guilty on 25 April 2018 at Liverpool Crown Court to two counts of fraudulently evading excise duty. He was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, at the same court on, 9 May 2018.

Paul Maybury, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Ibrahim thought his criminal scheme would go unnoticed, but he was wrong.

“Selling illicit tobacco threatens the livelihoods of hard working legitimate businesses by stealing their trade. I encourage anyone with information on this type of fraud to report it online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Notes for Editors

  • Pshtewan Sharef Ibrahim, DOB: 01/01/1976, of Poplars Avenue, Warrington, and owner of Hand Carwash in Warrington, pleaded guilty to two counts of the fraudulent evasion of excise duty under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979
  • The total value of the duty evaded was £106,482.74.
  • He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 9 May 2018 to ten months in prison, suspended for two years. He was ordered to complete 20 hours unpaid work and abide by a 7am and 7pm curfew for three months
  • He stored the 406,080 non UK-duty paid cigarettes (a mixture of Marlboro, Mayfair, Royal and NZ Gold Super Slim) at Apex Self-Storage, Owen Street, Warrington and at Smart Storage, Lythgoes Lane, Warrington,
  • Anyone with information about people or businesses involved in smuggling, sale or storage of illicit tobacco can report it online at https://www.gov.uk/report-an-unregistered-trader-or-business or contact our HMRC Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.
  • Follow HMRC’s press office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice.

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Lucy Collins

Press Officer for the South East of England

Tel: 03000 525872 / 07900 394 601

Email: lucy.collins@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.

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HMRC warns on tax refund scams

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 09:50 BST

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‘Completion date’ for County Down property developer sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 08, 2018 16:12 BST

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Scunthorpe man jailed for role in scrap scam

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Lorry driver jailed for attempting to smuggle £1.5m cash out of the country

Press Releases   •   May 03, 2018 16:35 BST

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Tobacco smuggling gang jailed

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