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Air filter cigarette smuggler jailed

Air filter cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Jul 17, 2017 12:22 BST

A lorry driver, who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5 million in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

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).

Pallets of pasta cigarette smuggler jailed

Pallets of pasta cigarette smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 28, 2016 11:01 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling 2.6 million cigarettes into the UK hidden among a consignment of dry pasta has been jailed for three years, after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

Bus operator jailed as £1m scam hits the skids

Bus operator jailed as £1m scam hits the skids

Press Releases   •   Aug 08, 2016 17:37 BST

A Luton businessman, who provided bus services for vulnerable people, has been sentenced for a £1 million tax fraud.

Five men sentenced in £600k tobacco tax fraud

Five men sentenced in £600k tobacco tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 13, 2016 17:14 BST

Five men who were part of illegal tobacco smuggling rings in the Midlands and Buckinghamshire have been sentenced in a £600,000 tax fraud.

Payments from beyond the grave exposed by tax crime

Payments from beyond the grave exposed by tax crime

Press Releases   •   Apr 13, 2016 14:37 BST

Harrow accountant Abu Talib Ghadiri, 34, has been found guilty for his involvement in a £400,000 Gift Aid and VAT fraud after an intensive investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Payback time for payroll tax fraudster

Payback time for payroll tax fraudster

Press Releases   •   Mar 21, 2016 14:50 GMT

A businessman from Reading, who stole more than £1 million from his workers’ pay packets, has been ordered to repay criminal profits of £884,023, within six months, or remain in prison for a further six years.

​Eight arrested in Manchester multi-agency operation

​Eight arrested in Manchester multi-agency operation

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2016 18:32 GMT

Eight men were arrested and 11 premises searched during a multi-agency operation in Manchester yesterday (24 February).

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.

Cigarette smuggler’s plan goes pear-shaped

Cigarette smuggler’s plan goes pear-shaped

Press Releases   •   Nov 06, 2015 11:21 GMT

A lorry driver who smuggled more than 147 million cigarettes, worth an estimated £32 million in lost duty, into the UK hidden behind crates of rotting pears, has been jailed for almost seven years.

Creative accountant jailed for stealing client's VAT payments

Creative accountant jailed for stealing client's VAT payments

Press Releases   •   Oct 28, 2015 13:43 GMT

A Londonderry accountant, who stole over £55,000 in VAT payments from one of his own clients, has been jailed for 12 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Fugitive cigarette smuggling kingpin jailed

Fugitive cigarette smuggling kingpin jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 26, 2015 13:27 GMT

A former County Durham milkman, who masterminded a plot to smuggle ten million illicit cigarettes into the UK, has been jailed after being extradited from Thailand by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to face justice.

Hammer to fall on criminal’s gold

Hammer to fall on criminal’s gold

Press Releases   •   Oct 22, 2015 16:58 BST

Almost 150 kilos of gold, estimated to be worth more than £2.5 million, which was smuggled into the UK by a criminal gang, is being sold at auction in Belfast next week.

Over 1 million cigarettes seized across Manchester

Over 1 million cigarettes seized across Manchester

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2015 11:19 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of suspected illegal tobacco and alcohol in Manchester and Bolton uncovered over one million cigarettes and over 74 litres of alcohol, all believed to be illicit.

Tobacco smugglers fall foul of HMRC in smuggling attempt

Tobacco smugglers fall foul of HMRC in smuggling attempt

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2015 14:55 BST

Four men who smuggled 2.7 million cigarettes and over 774kg of tobacco into the UK, most of them hidden in a cover load of frozen chickens, have been sentenced.

Payback time for closet VAT fraudster

Payback time for closet VAT fraudster

Press Releases   •   Oct 05, 2015 15:04 BST

A London pensioner who hid in a wardrobe to avoid discovery during an operation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been ordered to repay criminal profits of almost £275,000, within three months, or remain in prison for a further two and a half years.

Liverpool accountant sentenced for tax fraud

Liverpool accountant sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2015 17:06 BST

An accountant from Maghull, who was found guilty of tax fraud totalling over £64,000, has been sentenced after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

World-renowned professor of heart disease sentenced for tax fraud

World-renowned professor of heart disease sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2015 15:44 BST

An award-winning NHS heart specialist, who lied about his income to avoid paying Income Tax and National Insurance, has been ordered to pay a fine of £200,000 within 28 days or face two and a half years in prison.

Swindling chartered surveyor and ‘racehorse owner’ jailed

Swindling chartered surveyor and ‘racehorse owner’ jailed

Press Releases   •   Sep 30, 2015 15:30 BST

A chartered surveyor, who attempted to steal almost £213,000 in Income Tax and VAT by failing to declare his earnings and submitting false repayment claims for the upkeep of a racehorse called ‘Thunder Cat’, and four others, has been jailed for 18 months.

Reading businessman who stole employees’ tax jailed

Reading businessman who stole employees’ tax jailed

Press Releases   •   Sep 24, 2015 16:34 BST

A businessman from Reading, who stole more than £1 million from his workers’ pay packets, has been jailed for four years after ignoring demands from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to pay his tax bills.