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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.

Tobacco seized in North West

Tobacco seized in North West

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2017 15:36 BST

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.

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.

Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced

Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2017 16:22 BST

Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty.

Three men jailed in £17m tobacco fraud

Three men jailed in £17m tobacco fraud

Press Releases   •   May 31, 2017 17:32 BST

Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17 million tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.

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).

Seasoned tobacco smuggler returns to prison

Seasoned tobacco smuggler returns to prison

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2017 12:11 BST

A convicted tobacco smuggler, who was warned that if he was caught with illicit tobacco again he would return to prison, has been jailed for ten years.

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.

Two men jailed in £840k smuggling fraud

Two men jailed in £840k smuggling fraud

Press Releases   •   Feb 24, 2017 14:45 GMT

Investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have found that a warehouse in Sandbach was used as a distribution hub by international cigarette smugglers in an £840,000 tax fraud.

Tougher penalties as taxman steps up the fight against tobacco smuggling

Tougher penalties as taxman steps up the fight against tobacco smuggling

Press Releases   •   Feb 17, 2017 11:30 GMT

Hard-core tobacco smugglers and people who repeatedly smuggle, distribute and sell illicit tobacco could be hit by a fourfold increase in fines together with tough new civil penalties, as part of plans to crackdown on the smuggling of illicit tobacco.

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.

Organised crime gang sentenced in £2.6 million fuel scam

Organised crime gang sentenced in £2.6 million fuel scam

Press Releases   •   Jan 09, 2017 17:47 GMT

Nine people, including the owner of a Belfast based fuel supply company, have been sentenced for their part in the laundering, concealing and distribution of an estimated 4.5 million litres of red diesel after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

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.

‘Free Wi-Fi gang’ sentenced for £10m smuggling tax fraud

‘Free Wi-Fi gang’ sentenced for £10m smuggling tax fraud

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2016 20:15 GMT

A gang of five men, who met at roadside cafes and used free public Wi-Fi to try and hide their £10 million cigarette smuggling ring, have been jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

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).