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VAT fraudsters ordered to repay criminal profits

VAT fraudsters ordered to repay criminal profits

Press releases   •   Jul 21, 2015 17:41 BST

Convicted fraudsters, who were part of an 18-strong crime gang that stole £20 million in a mobile phone VAT fraud, have been ordered to repay over £2.3 million, as part of ongoing confiscation proceedings by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

​‘Clairvoyant’ cleaner jailed for VAT fraud

​‘Clairvoyant’ cleaner jailed for VAT fraud

Press releases   •   Jul 21, 2015 14:22 BST

A Perth cleaner, who told HMRC investigators, "I knew I was gonna get caught", after he claimed to have spent over £250,000 in two years on business supplies, has been jailed for 12 months.

Tobacco seized in North Wales

Tobacco seized in North Wales

Press releases   •   Jul 17, 2015 16:16 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco in North Wales uncovered more than 1.6 million cigarettes, 700kg kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 3000 litres of alcohol.

Offshore tax evaders to face tough new criminal sanctions

Offshore tax evaders to face tough new criminal sanctions

Press releases   •   Jul 16, 2015 10:43 BST

Offshore tax evaders and the professionals who enable tax evasion will face even tougher sanctions under a new regime to crack down on offshore evaders, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke, announced today.

Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

Press releases   •   Jul 15, 2015 13:46 BST

Six men have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected £22 million tobacco smuggling, tax evasion and money laundering fraud.

Essex mum jailed for tax fraud

Essex mum jailed for tax fraud

Press releases   •   Jul 14, 2015 13:36 BST

An Essex mum of three, who stole more than £95,700 in Tax Credits by lying about her personal circumstances to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been jailed for 15 months.

Teaching the facts of tax

Teaching the facts of tax

Press releases   •   Jul 13, 2015 11:42 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a new resource for teachers to help their students learn the facts of tax.

Belfast builder jailed for tax fraud

Belfast builder jailed for tax fraud

Press releases   •   Jun 26, 2015 12:23 BST

A Belfast builder, who failed to pay any Income Tax or VAT for his construction business, has been jailed for tax fraud after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Bolton

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Bolton

Press releases   •   Jun 26, 2015 08:41 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Bolton uncovered more than 53,000 illegal cigarettes and over 223 litres of spirits.

HMRC acts to improve customer service

HMRC acts to improve customer service

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2015 13:06 BST

HMRC allocates £45 million to help improve phone and post service HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today announced it is allocating £45 million to improve customer service, as it released statistics which showed an inconsistent call handling performance in 2014-15.

Ten arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

Ten arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2015 12:00 BST

Ten people have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers as part of a nationwide investigation into a suspected £4 million VAT and money laundering fraud linked to the transport industry.

Break-in exposes bootleg tobacco hoard

Break-in exposes bootleg tobacco hoard

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2015 15:51 BST

A Barnsley man whose haul of illicit tobacco was discovered after a break-in at his home has been jailed for 18 months following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Co Down plasterers jailed for VAT fraud

Co Down plasterers jailed for VAT fraud

Press releases   •   Jun 24, 2015 11:02 BST

Two Co Down men who used 747 fake invoices to steal almost £300,000 in fraudulent VAT claims have been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by two years probation.

Buddha’s statues hid secret smuggling stash

Buddha’s statues hid secret smuggling stash

Press releases   •   Jun 19, 2015 16:29 BST

A furniture importer from Brighton who allowed hollow statues of the religious icon Buddha to be used to smuggle more than 100,000 illicit cigarettes into the UK has been sentenced today.

Hampshire nursery boss jailed for tax fraud

Hampshire nursery boss jailed for tax fraud

Press releases   •   Jun 18, 2015 13:05 BST

The co-owner of a Hampshire chain of children’s nurseries who stole £950,000 from his employees - through money deducted from their salaries as tax and National Insurance - has been jailed for five and a half years.

Rossendale father and son jailed for tobacco smuggling

Rossendale father and son jailed for tobacco smuggling

Press releases   •   Jun 17, 2015 14:20 BST

A Lancashire father and son, who attempted to steal £229,000 in tax by smuggling illegal cigarettes and tobacco into the UK, were jailed yesterday at Manchester Crown Court.

Jail for trio as international luxury car tax scam smashed

Jail for trio as international luxury car tax scam smashed

Press releases   •   Jun 17, 2015 11:35 BST

Three car traders behind a £1.3 million VAT fraud, involving prestige and luxury cars being shipped worldwide, were jailed today for a total of more than 14 years.

One way ticket to jail for father and son VAT fraudsters

One way ticket to jail for father and son VAT fraudsters

Press releases   •   Jun 16, 2015 16:21 BST

​A father and son from Co Antrim, who fraudulently claimed more than £59,000 in VAT using faked invoices for the purchase of buses for their coach hire businesses, have each been jailed for six months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Gang member jailed for £1.9m VAT fraud

Gang member jailed for £1.9m VAT fraud

Press releases   •   Jun 16, 2015 11:57 BST

The final member of a gang, who attempted to fraudulently claim a £1.9m VAT refund, has been jailed for four years after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Lincolnshire taxi driver sentenced for excise fraud

Lincolnshire taxi driver sentenced for excise fraud

Press releases   •   Jun 15, 2015 14:37 BST

A Lincolnshire taxi driver who was caught with more than a tonne and a half of illicit tobacco has been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).