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Former escort agency owner jailed for tax and benefit fraud

Former escort agency owner jailed for tax and benefit fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 17, 2017 11:47 BST

Janine Adeleke, a mother-of-five, who lied about earning hundreds of thousands of pounds from her ‘London’ escort agency so that she could evade paying tax and claim state benefits, has been jailed for three years. It can now be reported that this was a retrial.

Airport parking boss jailed for tax fraud

Airport parking boss jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 13, 2017 19:12 BST

The boss of a Manchester parking company has been jailed for stealing more than £466,000 of his employees’ tax payments after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation uncovered his fraud.

Tobacco smuggler brought to book

Tobacco smuggler brought to book

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2017 12:13 BST

A lorry driver who smuggled more than a tonne of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK, hidden within a legitimate load of school books, has been jailed for 21 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory

Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2017 17:04 BST

Five men have been arrested in Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.

Extradited cigarette smuggler jailed

Extradited cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 04, 2017 14:45 BST

A lorry driver, who fled the UK after he was caught smuggling 1.8 million cigarettes into Dover, is now behind bars for two years after an investigation and extradition led by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Warrington kebab man takes away jail term

Warrington kebab man takes away jail term

Press Releases   •   Sep 21, 2017 17:01 BST

​A Warrington fast food takeaway boss, who lied about his shop’s takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.

Tax fraudster must repay £157,000

Tax fraudster must repay £157,000

Press Releases   •   Sep 08, 2017 10:40 BST

A Newcastle businessman, who was jailed for tax fraud, faces selling his sea front property, Land Rovers, and other assets, to repay the money he stole.

Luxury car VAT fraudster must repay £2m

Luxury car VAT fraudster must repay £2m

Press Releases   •   Sep 07, 2017 15:26 BST

A jailed luxury car dealer, who built a property empire with profits from a VAT scam involving Lamborghinis, Porsches and Mercedes, must repay £2 million.

The ‘Shisha Man’ fraudster jailed

The ‘Shisha Man’ fraudster jailed

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2017 15:38 BST

A tobacco smuggler known as the ‘Shisha Man’, who smuggled more than 4,000kg of illegal tobacco products into the UK and then tried to flee the country, has been jailed for 42 months.

From peanuts to prison for tobacco smuggler

From peanuts to prison for tobacco smuggler

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2017 12:52 BST

A lorry driver, who smuggled more than one tonne of hand-rolling tobacco into the UK hidden among a load of peanuts, evading £220,000 in duty, has been jailed for 22 months after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Blackburn fuel fraudster payback time

Blackburn fuel fraudster payback time

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2017 13:31 BST

A Blackburn petrol station owner, who was jailed for selling hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal diesel to unsuspecting motorists, has been ordered to repay £133,660 in stolen taxes.

Gang in a spin after washing machine scam

Gang in a spin after washing machine scam

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2017 15:57 BST

A group of London based fraudsters caught smuggling cigarettes in a lorry load of washing machines has been jailed for a total of more than 11 years.

Somerset accountant jailed for £350,000 tax fraud

Somerset accountant jailed for £350,000 tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2017 12:12 BST

An accountant who failed to pay VAT to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a £358,283 tax fraud has been jailed.

Rochdale tax fraudster to repay £400k

Rochdale tax fraudster to repay £400k

Press Releases   •   Aug 03, 2017 15:04 BST

A Rochdale businessman, who pocketed nearly £1.25 million from two VAT frauds, has been ordered to repay almost £400,000 or face another four years in jail after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Cigarette smuggling leaders jailed for nine years

Cigarette smuggling leaders jailed for nine years

Press Releases   •   Jul 28, 2017 10:05 BST

The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2 million in taxes, have been jailed after they were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes.

Fake vodka factory found in Liverpool

Fake vodka factory found in Liverpool

Press Releases   •   Jul 20, 2017 18:11 BST

An illegal alcohol factory, producing potentially toxic vodka, has been found in an industrial unit in Aintree.

Tax fraudsters sentenced for £46m wine scam

Tax fraudsters sentenced for £46m wine scam

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2017 16:43 BST

A pair of London fraudsters, who evaded £46.5 million in tax by smuggling wine into the UK, have been sentenced for a total of 17.5 years.

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Press Releases   •   Jul 13, 2017 16:47 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today published its 2016-17 annual report.

Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud

Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Jul 12, 2017 08:30 BST

Two people from Cheadle Hulme have been arrested during morning raids as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected tax fraud estimated to be in excess of £2.9 million.

Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Fisheries director netted in tax fraud investigation

Press Releases   •   Jul 07, 2017 12:29 BST

A 49-year-old Anstruther businessman, who faked paperwork to steal almost £490,000 in tax refunds he was not entitled to, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators uncovered his VAT fraud.