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Adventure ends for day-trip tobacco smugglers

Adventure ends for day-trip tobacco smugglers

Press Releases   •   Mar 13, 2017 16:27 GMT

Three men from Essex, who masqueraded as day-trippers on coaches to the continent to smuggle alcohol and cigarettes back into the UK, have been sentenced.

Solicitor jailed for £60k tax fraud

Solicitor jailed for £60k tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 01, 2017 12:15 GMT

A criminal defence solicitor, who lied about his income to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to steal more than £60,000 in a tax fraud, has been jailed for 18 months.

Two men jailed in £840k smuggling fraud

Two men jailed in £840k smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Feb 24, 2017 14:45 GMT

Investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have found that a warehouse in Sandbach was used as a distribution hub by international cigarette smugglers in an £840,000 tax fraud.

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 16:48 GMT

A Wiltshire woman, who falsely claimed to be a furniture restorer to commit a £166,000 VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Tougher penalties as taxman steps up the fight against tobacco smuggling

Tougher penalties as taxman steps up the fight against tobacco smuggling

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 11:30 GMT

Hard-core tobacco smugglers and people who repeatedly smuggle, distribute and sell illicit tobacco could be hit by a fourfold increase in fines together with tough new civil penalties, as part of plans to crackdown on the smuggling of illicit tobacco.

Somerset dairy farmers who milked £1.9m from VAT system jailed

Somerset dairy farmers who milked £1.9m from VAT system jailed

Press Releases   •   Feb 09, 2017 14:44 GMT

A father and daughter who ran a Somerset dairy farm, have been jailed for a total of nine and a half years for illegally claiming £1.9 million by making fraudulent VAT returns.

Table top tobacco crime gang sentenced

Table top tobacco crime gang sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jan 30, 2017 09:03 GMT

Six members of an organised crime network, which smuggled almost three million illicit cigarettes into the UK hidden in hollowed-out table tops, have been sentenced for their role in evading more than £657,000 in taxes. Four of the men were jailed for a total of ten years and two months.

‘Most Wanted’ tobacco fugitive brought back to face justice

‘Most Wanted’ tobacco fugitive brought back to face justice

Press Releases   •   Jan 26, 2017 12:21 GMT

One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who helped mastermind an international illicit tobacco smuggling operation, has been jailed after being extradited from South Africa by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to face justice.

‘Free Wi-Fi gang’ sentenced for £10m smuggling tax fraud

‘Free Wi-Fi gang’ sentenced for £10m smuggling tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2016 20:15 GMT

A gang of five men, who met at roadside cafes and used free public Wi-Fi to try and hide their £10 million cigarette smuggling ring, have been jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Payback time for jailed Luton bus operator

Press Releases   •   Dec 12, 2016 11:14 GMT

A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been ordered to pay back more than £156,000 he stole through a tax fraud or face a further five years in prison.

Half-baked plot sees extradited tobacco smuggler jailed

Half-baked plot sees extradited tobacco smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2016 15:00 GMT

A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.9 million cigarettes into the UK, hidden under a load of half-baked mouldy baguettes, has been jailed for four years and three months after being extradited from Romania by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Nightclub doorman sentenced for tax fraud

Nightclub doorman sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2016 17:01 GMT

A security doorman, and former HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employee, has been sentenced for tax evasion.

Edinburgh VAT fraudster sentenced

Edinburgh VAT fraudster sentenced

Press Releases   •   Nov 17, 2016 12:32 GMT

An Edinburgh builder, who stole almost £120,000 of VAT that he had charged his customers, has been jailed for 20 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Glazing salesman in double tax scam

Glazing salesman in double tax scam

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2016 09:35 GMT

A South Yorkshire double glazing salesman who was convicted of a £144,000 tax fraud has been jailed – after evading a further £20,000 while on bail awaiting sentence.

Bury car dealer sentenced for VAT fraud

Bury car dealer sentenced for VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 28, 2016 17:14 BST

A car dealer from Bury has been sentenced for not declaring his true income or registering his business for VAT.

Tobacco and alcohol seized in West Yorkshire

Tobacco and alcohol seized in West Yorkshire

Press Releases   •   Oct 28, 2016 13:51 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in West Yorkshire uncovered more than 132,000 cigarettes, 49 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 52 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.

Pallets of pasta cigarette smuggler jailed

Pallets of pasta cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 28, 2016 11:01 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.6 million cigarettes into the UK hidden among a consignment of dry pasta has been jailed for three years, after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Accountant, administrator and director jailed for £6.9m payroll tax fraud

Accountant, administrator and director jailed for £6.9m payroll tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2016 10:07 BST

Three Kent men, including an accountant and a construction firm boss, who stole £6.9 million in UK taxes to fund lifestyles most people can only dream of, have been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Packed off to jail: smuggler filled suitcases with a tonne of illicit tobacco

Packed off to jail: smuggler filled suitcases with a tonne of illicit tobacco

Press Releases   •   Oct 20, 2016 13:04 BST

A Hull man who oversaw a plot to post suitcases containing more than a tonne of illicit tobacco to the UK from Spain has been jailed.

UK tax gap falls to 6.5% as HMRC targets the dishonest minority

UK tax gap falls to 6.5% as HMRC targets the dishonest minority

Press Releases   •   Oct 20, 2016 10:04 BST

The UK tax gap fell in 2014-15 to its lowest-ever level of 6.5%, official statistics published today reveal.