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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.

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Improved customer service and record-breaking crack-down on avoidance, evasion and non-compliance

Press Releases   •   Jul 13, 2017 16:47 BST

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has today published its 2016-17 annual report.

Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k

Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k

Press Releases   •   Jul 04, 2017 08:00 BST

Three Lancashire men, who were jailed last year for their part in a £16 million illegal tobacco fraud, have been ordered to repay more than £175,000 or serve extra time in jail.

Dover cigarettes and tobacco smugglers jailed

Dover cigarettes and tobacco smugglers jailed

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2017 18:37 BST

Two lorry drivers who smuggled cigarettes and tobacco into the UK have been jailed for a total of four years, after investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Oswaldtwistle man jailed for illegal tobacco

Oswaldtwistle man jailed for illegal tobacco

Press Releases   •   Jun 23, 2017 15:31 BST

A Lancashire man, has been jailed for four years and nine months for evading more than £2 million in taxes by trading in illegal tobacco.

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.

UK and Canadian tax authorities investigate suspected $55m tax fraud

UK and Canadian tax authorities investigate suspected $55m tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 14, 2017 12:34 BST

Six addresses in the West Midlands and South East have been searched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of an investigation, led by the Canada Revenue Agency, into a suspected $55m tax evasion and money laundering fraud.

Former Ascot property developer jailed for £640k fraud

Former Ascot property developer jailed for £640k fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 21, 2017 15:54 BST

A former Ascot-based property developer, who hijacked details of an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands and forged documents to commit fraud and evade VAT, has been jailed for three years and seven months. He was also trading while disqualified as a company director.

VAT fraudster ordered to repay £2.2m

VAT fraudster ordered to repay £2.2m

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 16:51 BST

A convicted fraudster from Lancashire, who was part of a VAT repayment fraud involving fake construction companies, must repay more than £2.2 million.

Tobacco, drugs and knives smuggler jailed

Tobacco, drugs and knives smuggler jailed

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 16:33 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling around 900 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, a small quantity of cocaine and amphetamine, CS Gas and eight dangerous knives into the UK has been jailed for three years, after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Dover cigarette smuggler floored by jail term

Dover cigarette smuggler floored by jail term

Press Releases   •   Apr 10, 2017 15:52 BST

A lorry driver caught smuggling 600,000 illicit cigarettes into Dover, among pallets of floor panels, has been jailed for 16 months after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore tax fraud

Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Apr 05, 2017 15:19 BST

A woman has been arrested in Cheshire as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) joint investigation with the Dutch authorities into a suspected £3.8m million tax fraud involving offshore bank accounts.

Sloane Street tailors sentenced for tax fraud

Sloane Street tailors sentenced for tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2017 12:20 GMT

A father and daughter who ran a Chelsea tailors have been sentenced after pocketing around £700,000 that should have been paid in tax.

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.

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

‘Fantasist’ furniture fixer’s fabric-ated fraud fails

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 16:48 GMT

A Wiltshire woman, who falsely claimed to be a furniture restorer to commit a £166,000 VAT fraud, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Own goal for conning café couple

Own goal for conning café couple

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 14:06 GMT

Two North London café-owners, who stole £67,000 in tax and spent it on gifts including Premier League football tickets for their family, have been sentenced after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Table top tobacco crime gang sentenced

Table top tobacco crime gang sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jan 30, 2017 09:03 GMT

Six members of an organised crime network, which smuggled almost three million illicit cigarettes into the UK hidden in hollowed-out table tops, have been sentenced for their role in evading more than £657,000 in taxes. Four of the men were jailed for a total of ten years and two months.

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Jail for runaway fraudster whose tax scam was grounded

Press Releases   •   Jan 06, 2017 15:58 GMT

The owner of a London video conferencing company, who fled the country after faking documents and making up figures on his tax returns to steal £500,000, has been jailed for 45 months.

Five sentenced in four million cigarette smuggling plot

Five sentenced in four million cigarette smuggling plot

Press Releases   •   Dec 21, 2016 11:39 GMT

A crime gang, who attempted to smuggle almost four million illegal cigarettes into the UK, worth an estimated £950,000 in lost duty and taxes, has been sentenced.

Two Northern Ireland men arrested in international tobacco raids

Two Northern Ireland men arrested in international tobacco raids

Press Releases   •   Dec 16, 2016 18:57 GMT

Two men from County Armagh and one from the Netherlands have been arrested as part of an international investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Dutch Customs (FIOD) into suspected money laundering and tobacco smuggling frauds.