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Tax fraud brothers jailed for  £3.6m alcohol scam

Tax fraud brothers jailed for £3.6m alcohol scam

Press Releases   •   Nov 05, 2018 11:50 GMT

Two London-based brothers, who evaded £3.6 million in tax by distributing alcohol smuggled into the UK, have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years.

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).

Father and son tobacco smugglers jailed

Father and son tobacco smugglers jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2018 16:10 BST

A father and son have been jailed after they were caught smuggling almost half a tonne of illegal tobacco into the UK hidden under pot plants.

‘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).

Smuggling gang floored after £1m cigarettes scam

Smuggling gang floored after £1m cigarettes scam

Press Releases   •   Sep 27, 2018 14:08 BST

A gang who attempted to smuggle cigarettes hidden in pallets of floor underlay to evade £1m in duty have been jailed for a total of ten years.

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).

The fraudster, the liar and the £60k booze scam

The fraudster, the liar and the £60k booze scam

Press Releases   •   Aug 09, 2018 15:03 BST

A fraudster, who evaded nearly £60,000 in duty on smuggled alcohol, has been jailed, with his dishonest associate also sentenced after lying to investigators.

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.

​Lorry driver loses his liberty

​Lorry driver loses his liberty

Press Releases   •   Jul 06, 2018 09:47 BST

A lorry driver who was promised £1,500 to smuggle tobacco into the UK has been jailed for 18 months.

Trucker pays the price for tobacco smuggling

Trucker pays the price for tobacco smuggling

Press Releases   •   Jun 26, 2018 11:07 BST

A trucker who smuggled two tonnes of tobacco into the UK to avoid paying £371,000 in duty has been jailed for two years and three months.

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).

Fridge gang sent to the cooler for £12 million tobacco smuggling fraud

Fridge gang sent to the cooler for £12 million tobacco smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2018 11:01 BST

A gang who smuggled illegal tobacco hidden inside fridges, microwaves and vacuum cleaners to evade £12 million in tax, have been jailed for a total of 21 years and five months.

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.

Lorry driver jailed for attempting to smuggle £1.5m cash out of the country

Lorry driver jailed for attempting to smuggle £1.5m cash out of the country

Press Releases   •   May 03, 2018 16:35 BST

A lorry driver who was caught at the Port of Dover with £1.5 million cash hidden in his trailer, has been jailed after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).