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Crooked shopkeeper ordered to pay back £61K

Crooked shopkeeper ordered to pay back £61K

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2018 12:09 BST

A fraudster who was jailed for selling illegal cigarettes from his Wolverhampton shop has been told to pay back £61,000 or face another year behind bars.

Cack-handed smuggler jailed after  secret stash drops into lap of investigators

Cack-handed smuggler jailed after secret stash drops into lap of investigators

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 11:27 BST

A clumsy smuggler attempting to flood the UK with illicit tobacco and alcohol – evading nearly £1 million in excise duty – dropped his stash in front of investigating officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Crime duo jailed for running tobacco factory

Crime duo jailed for running tobacco factory

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2018 15:47 BST

Two men have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) dismantled a tobacco factory that could have swamped the UK with millions of illicit cigarettes.

Little silver book brought down £16m tobacco tax fraudsters

Little silver book brought down £16m tobacco tax fraudsters

Press Releases   •   May 23, 2018 13:30 BST

A silver notebook helped HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) smash a North West illegal cigarette network that evaded more than £16 million in tax. Nine members of the criminal network have now been jailed for a total of nearly 22 years after the last one, John Swanick, was today sentenced to two-and-a-half years behind bars.

Working at the car wash didn't pay for fraudster caught in HMRC blitz

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 10:27 BST

A car wash owner who failed to pay £100,000 duty on more than 400,000 cigarettes has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Labourer constructed £500k cigarette fraud

Labourer constructed £500k cigarette fraud

Press Releases   •   May 01, 2018 12:16 BST

A labourer who had nearly two million illicit cigarettes stashed in a storage unit, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tobacco tax fraudster ordered to repay £478K

Tobacco tax fraudster ordered to repay £478K

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2018 16:12 GMT

The jailed ringleader of an illegal cigarette network in Blackburn has been ordered to pay back £478,693.

Hull shopkeeper jailed for five years in £670k tobacco fraud

Hull shopkeeper jailed for five years in £670k tobacco fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2018 15:38 GMT

A Hull shopkeeper, who was caught with more than one million illicit cigarettes stashed in self-storage containers, has been jailed for five years after being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tobacco, drugs and counterfeit goods seized in Banbury

Tobacco, drugs and counterfeit goods seized in Banbury

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2018 11:36 GMT

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco in Banbury uncovered 4,700 cigarettes, more than eight and a half kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, two kilos of chewing tobacco, and a bag of tobacco leaves, all believed to be illicit.

Chef jailed for using false identities  in £900,000 cigarette smuggling fraud

Chef jailed for using false identities in £900,000 cigarette smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Feb 01, 2018 12:40 GMT

A London woman who smuggled three million illicit cigarettes into the UK using false identities, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Cigarette smugglers’ scam in ashes

Cigarette smugglers’ scam in ashes

Press Releases   •   Jan 22, 2018 12:52 GMT

Three Londoners caught with a million illicit cigarettes, worth £310,000 in lost duty to the UK public purse, have been sentenced.

Mailbox cigarette smugglers delivered to jail

Mailbox cigarette smugglers delivered to jail

Press Releases   •   Jan 10, 2018 12:38 GMT

A pair of smugglers from London who used multiple mailbox delivery accounts to bring illegal cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for a total of nearly five years.

HMRC blows cigarette smuggler’s tissue box scam

HMRC blows cigarette smuggler’s tissue box scam

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2017 12:22 GMT

A smuggler, caught unloading contraband cigarettes and tobacco hidden in the back of a lorry among boxes of tissues, had his scam blown apart by an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Cigarette smugglers didn’t box clever!

Cigarette smugglers didn’t box clever!

Press Releases   •   Dec 08, 2017 11:45 GMT

Two men, who were caught receiving almost a million illegal cigarettes in East London, have been sentenced for evading more than £290,000 in excise duty.

Dangerous paper trail leads smuggler to jail

Dangerous paper trail leads smuggler to jail

Press Releases   •   Dec 01, 2017 14:50 GMT

A lorry driver who smuggled more than 750,000 illicit cigarettes into the UK, hidden inside rolls of paper stuffed with dangerous asbestos, has been jailed for 21 months after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

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).

Gang member jailed after tobacco fraud smashed

Gang member jailed after tobacco fraud smashed

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2017 14:34 BST

A gang member, who rented properties just to use them as delivery addresses for more than 14 tonnes of smuggled tobacco worth £3.1 million in evaded VAT and duty, has been jailed.

Tissue of lies exposed as cigarette smuggler jailed

Tissue of lies exposed as cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Aug 16, 2017 11:46 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling eight million cigarettes into the UK, as he tried to evade more than £2 million in excise duty by claiming his load consisted of tissues and paper towels, has been jailed for two and half years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

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.