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Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Lavish lifestyle over for Essex fraudster

Press Releases   •   Oct 06, 2016 15:54 BST

An Essex businessman who funded a lavish lifestyle of expensive houses, luxury cars and a Marbella holiday home through a £4.75 million VAT fraud has been jailed for six years.

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).

Cheating chartered accountant jailed for tax fraud

Cheating chartered accountant jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   May 20, 2016 11:33 BST

A chartered accountant from Essex who stole £107,000 of tax and tried to hide the money in his children’s bank accounts has been jailed.

Charity conmen jailed for £500k Gift Aid fraud

Charity conmen jailed for £500k Gift Aid fraud

Press Releases   •   Jan 12, 2016 11:38 GMT

Two unemployed men from Essex, who invented fake charities and donations so they could fraudulently reclaim over £500,000 in Gift Aid repayments, have both been jailed for 30 months.

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.

Essex accountant jailed for tax fraud

Essex accountant jailed for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Aug 21, 2015 16:35 BST

An Essex accountant, who doctored his clients’ tax returns to steal £170,000 which he used to gamble, has been jailed after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigated him.

Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

Six arrested in suspected £22m tobacco fraud investigation

Press Releases   •   Jul 15, 2015 13:46 BST

Six men have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected £22 million tobacco smuggling, tax evasion and money laundering fraud.

VAT fraud gang jailed

VAT fraud gang jailed

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2015 16:32 GMT

The final member of a four-strong gang who attempted to steal £161,000 in a VAT fraud has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Suspected £12 million tobacco fraud foiled

Suspected £12 million tobacco fraud foiled

Press Releases   •   Jan 28, 2015 13:37 GMT

Three men have been arrested in connection with a suspected £12 million tobacco fraud as part of an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Essex civil servant jailed for tax credits fraud

Essex civil servant jailed for tax credits fraud

Press Releases   •   Jan 20, 2015 12:20 GMT

An Essex woman who fraudulently claimed over £86,000 in tax credits by lying about her personal circumstances to receive higher payments has been sentenced.

Three arrested on suspicion of tobacco smuggling

Three arrested on suspicion of tobacco smuggling

Press Releases   •   Sep 02, 2014 11:46 BST

Three men have been arrested, and illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized, after a raid by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into a suspected tobacco smuggling plot worth an estimated £2.4 million.

Five million illegal cigarettes seized in Essex

Five million illegal cigarettes seized in Essex

Press Releases   •   May 23, 2014 16:40 BST

Officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized five million duty free cigarettes and arrested five men after a raid at an industrial unit in Harlow, Essex, on Wednesday (21 May 2014).

£5 million illegal tobacco fraud foiled

£5 million illegal tobacco fraud foiled

Press Releases   •   Apr 25, 2014 12:59 BST

£5 million illegal tobacco fraud foiled Five men have been arrested after the discovery of equipment used for producing illegal cigarettes and tobacco products in Greater Manchester and Essex.

Tax fraudster must pay back £3.3 million

Tax fraudster must pay back £3.3 million

Press Releases   •   Dec 10, 2013 10:36 GMT

One of the key players in a 21-strong criminal gang who stole £37.5 million in a complex tax fraud has been ordered to pay back £3.3 million.

Cigarette smuggling money men ordered to pay back £2.7 million

Cigarette smuggling money men ordered to pay back £2.7 million

Press Releases   •   Jul 30, 2013 14:04 BST

The financial backers of a criminal enterprise that attempted to smuggle 20 million cigarettes into the UK by describing them as babies’ toys have been ordered to repay £2.7 million or face further jail terms.