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The fraudster, the liar and the £60k booze scam

The fraudster, the liar and the £60k booze scam

Press Releases   •   Aug 09, 2018 15:03 BST

A fraudster, who evaded nearly £60,000 in duty on smuggled alcohol, has been jailed, with his dishonest associate also sentenced after lying to investigators.

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.

Six arrested in suspected £440m alcohol and money laundering raids

Six arrested in suspected £440m alcohol and money laundering raids

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2017 16:07 BST

Five men and a woman have been arrested in the West Midlands and the South of England as part of a joint investigation by UK and French authorities into a suspected £440m alcohol fraud and money laundering.

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.

Money laundering pair snared by traffic jam

Money laundering pair snared by traffic jam

Press Releases   •   Nov 11, 2016 09:58 GMT

A London money launderer and his accomplice, whose bid to escape arrest by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was thwarted by a traffic jam, have been jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years for laundering £5.9m.

From cellar to cell for wine trader conman

From cellar to cell for wine trader conman

Press Releases   •   Sep 16, 2016 18:01 BST

A Wanstead businessman, who claimed to trade in fine wines and diamonds but instead conned investors to fund a lavish lifestyle, buying luxury cars and hundreds of pairs of expensive trainers, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for a £350,000 fraud.

Crime duo sentenced for laundering dirty cash

Crime duo sentenced for laundering dirty cash

Press Releases   •   May 25, 2016 11:38 BST

Two men have been sentenced for laundering the profits of crime after they were caught with cash totalling £166,000, in an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

£15m fraud gang jailed

£15m fraud gang jailed

Press Releases   •   Apr 25, 2016 15:13 BST

A criminal gang caught red-handed with bundles of ‘dirty’ cash, part of £15 million made from selling alcohol illegally in the UK, has been jailed for a total of 19 years.

Minister urges wholesalers to register for alcohol scheme

Minister urges wholesalers to register for alcohol scheme

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2016 11:10 GMT

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Damian Hinds has written to thousands of businesses urging them to apply for the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme.

Tobacco crime gang sentenced

Tobacco crime gang sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jan 07, 2016 14:03 GMT

Five men have been sentenced for their role in trying to inundate the UK with illicit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost duty and taxes, and attempting to launder their criminal profits.

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Somerset

Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Somerset

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2015 14:12 GMT

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Somerset led to the arrest of one man, and uncovered more than 45,000 cigarettes and over 80 litres of spirits.

Prepare for registration scheme, alcohol wholesalers urged

Prepare for registration scheme, alcohol wholesalers urged

Press Releases   •   Jul 22, 2015 13:22 BST

Alcohol wholesalers need to start preparing to apply for the new Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme, HM Revenue and Customs urged today.

68,000 litres of alcohol seized in overnight operation

68,000 litres of alcohol seized in overnight operation

Press Releases   •   May 21, 2015 12:45 BST

Over 68 thousand litres of alcohol and three lorries have been seized in an overnight operation to crackdown on excise fraud and smuggling in the Port of Dover.

Lorry driver jailed for alcohol fraud

Lorry driver jailed for alcohol fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 25, 2015 10:02 GMT

A lorry driver who was caught attempting to smuggle 63,342 litres of alcohol into the UK, stealing £90,000 in duty and taxes, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Money launderers jailed for 12 years

Money launderers jailed for 12 years

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2015 12:51 GMT

A pair of money launderers that helped “clean up” millions of pounds of dirty cash have been jailed for a total of 12 years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

​Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Crewe

​Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Crewe

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2015 16:44 GMT

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Crewe uncovered more than 14,400 illegal cigarettes and over 142 litres of alcohol.

Eleven arrested on suspicion of laundering £50m

Eleven arrested on suspicion of laundering £50m

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2015 14:30 GMT

Eleven men have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a multi-million pound alcohol and VAT fraud.

Tobacco and alcohol seized in Cardiff and Newport

Tobacco and alcohol seized in Cardiff and Newport

Press Releases   •   Oct 10, 2014 10:29 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Cardiff and Newport uncovered more than 165,000 cigarettes, 100 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 400 litres of alcohol.

Tobacco and alcohol seized in Southampton

Tobacco and alcohol seized in Southampton

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2014 16:18 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Southampton has uncovered more than 8,000 cigarettes, 5.7 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 500 litres of alcohol.