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Jail for family of Facebook cigarette sellers

Jail for family of Facebook cigarette sellers

Press Releases   •   Nov 13, 2018 14:47 GMT

Three members of the same Black Country household have been sentenced for selling illegal cigarettes through Facebook.

Tobacco smuggling gang jailed for 26 years

Tobacco smuggling gang jailed for 26 years

Press Releases   •   Oct 26, 2018 17:02 BST

​An eight-strong tobacco smuggling gang, which brought more than two million illegal cigarettes into the North East hidden among fridge freezers, have been jailed for more than 26 years.

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling cigarettes in black pudding delivery

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling cigarettes in black pudding delivery

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2018 16:45 BST

A lorry driver who was caught smuggling millions of cigarettes into the UK has been jailed for two years and 10 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

‘Nothing to Declare’ couple sentenced

‘Nothing to Declare’ couple sentenced

Press Releases   •   Oct 11, 2018 15:30 BST

A married couple who walked through the customs green channel at Bristol Airport with 561 times more tobacco and 54 times the amount of cigarettes than allowed, have been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Reality TV star sold illegal tobacco online

Reality TV star sold illegal tobacco online

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2018 17:19 BST

A former Big Brother contestant has been sentenced for using social media to sell illegal tobacco.

Serial tobacco cheats paying the price

Serial tobacco cheats paying the price

Press Releases   •   Sep 23, 2018 00:01 BST

Shopkeepers repeatedly caught selling illicit tobacco and undermining honest traders faced tax bills and penalties in excess of £11 million last year as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) moved to deliver a level playing field for local traders.

Cigarette smuggling trio jailed

Cigarette smuggling trio jailed

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2018 15:44 BST

Three men have been jailed after they were caught with more than 1.5 million illegal cigarettes disguised as road surfacing material at a South Shields warehouse.

Ringleader of tobacco smuggling gang behind bars

Ringleader of tobacco smuggling gang behind bars

Press Releases   •   Aug 17, 2018 16:20 BST

A Leicester ringleader of an 11-strong tobacco smuggling gang that attempted to flood the UK streets with millions of illicit cigarettes, and evade more than £1 million in unpaid duty, has been jailed.

Fishy tale of cigarettes smuggled to UK hidden in aquarium pumps

Fishy tale of cigarettes smuggled to UK hidden in aquarium pumps

Press Releases   •   Aug 17, 2018 11:35 BST

Two men and a woman, who smuggled cigarettes into the UK hidden among fish pumps, have received sentences totalling more than 10 years in jail after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Shop owner jailed after hiding illegal cigarettes among his fresh veg

Shop owner jailed after hiding illegal cigarettes among his fresh veg

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2018 15:14 BST

A London shop owner, who evaded £250,000 in tax importing tobacco and cigarettes from India, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. Kishor Shah, 63, of Elm Road, Wembley, hid some of his stash under a vegetable stall at the front of his shop, Paan Parlour on Ealing Road.

HMRC unearths seven tonnes of tobacco inside potato sacks

HMRC unearths seven tonnes of tobacco inside potato sacks

Press Releases   •   Jul 27, 2018 14:53 BST

HMRC Investigators have seized nearly seven tonnes of illegal tobacco, worth more than £2 million in evaded duty, after a raid at a farm in Warwickshire.

Cigarette smuggling couple flee before trial

Cigarette smuggling couple flee before trial

Press Releases   •   Jul 25, 2018 13:10 BST

A couple who went on the run after they were caught with illicit tobacco have been sentenced in their absence.

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).