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Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced

Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2017 16:22 BST

Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty.

Three men jailed in £17m tobacco fraud

Three men jailed in £17m tobacco fraud

Press Releases   •   May 31, 2017 17:32 BST

Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17 million tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.

Essex fraudster ordered to repay £3.3m

Essex fraudster ordered to repay £3.3m

Press Releases   •   May 19, 2017 14:05 BST

An Essex fraudster who was jailed for a VAT scam must sell his home, luxury cars and expensive watches to repay £3.3 million he stole.

Tobacco, drugs and knives smuggler jailed

Tobacco, drugs and knives smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 16:33 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling around 900 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, a small quantity of cocaine and amphetamine, CS Gas and eight dangerous knives into the UK has been jailed for three years, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Dover cigarette smuggler floored by jail term

Dover cigarette smuggler floored by jail term

Press Releases   •   Apr 10, 2017 15:52 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling 600,000 illicit cigarettes into Dover, among pallets of floor panels, has been jailed for 16 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Paper trail leads bluffing businessman to jail

Paper trail leads bluffing businessman to jail

Press Releases   •   Apr 06, 2017 12:29 BST

A millionaire businessman, who failed to pay any tax on his earnings because he wasn’t a “paperwork person”, has been sentenced to four years for evading more than £1.3m in tax after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore tax fraud

Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 05, 2017 15:19 BST

A woman has been arrested in Cheshire as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) joint investigation with the Dutch authorities into a suspected £3.8m million tax fraud involving offshore bank accounts.

Seasoned tobacco smuggler returns to prison

Seasoned tobacco smuggler returns to prison

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2017 12:11 BST

A convicted tobacco smuggler, who was warned that if he was caught with illicit tobacco again he would return to prison, has been jailed for ten years.

Restaurateur sentenced for cooking the books in £87,000 VAT fraud

Restaurateur sentenced for cooking the books in £87,000 VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 17, 2017 13:52 GMT

An Edinburgh businessman, who owned two Indian restaurants in the city, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after his VAT evasion was uncovered by an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

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).