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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).

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.

Blackpool shopkeeper must repay £250,000 in stolen VAT

Blackpool shopkeeper must repay £250,000 in stolen VAT

Press Releases   •   Jul 30, 2018 11:27 BST

A Blackpool shopkeeper, who was jailed for tax fraud after false VAT returns were submitted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has been ordered to repay £250,000.

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.

Payback time for security company director

Payback time for security company director

Press Releases   •   Jul 18, 2018 14:56 BST

A Gloucester security services company director, who was jailed for stealing almost half a million pounds in tax, must pay back £67,424 or face another two years in jail and still owe the money.

​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.

Gambling Hampshire builder jailed for VAT fraud

Gambling Hampshire builder jailed for VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2018 18:30 BST

A former builder, who falsely claimed £750,000 of VAT repayments to pay for gambling and living expenses, has been jailed for two years and eight months.

Lawyer’s tax fraud lands him in jail

Lawyer’s tax fraud lands him in jail

Press Releases   •   Jun 26, 2018 15:49 BST

A barrister from North Wales, who specialises in cases of crime and serious fraud, has been jailed for 18 months - for tax fraud.

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.

Crooked shopkeeper ordered to pay back £61K

Crooked shopkeeper ordered to pay back £61K

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2018 12:09 BST

A fraudster who was jailed for selling illegal cigarettes from his Wolverhampton shop has been told to pay back £61,000 or face another year behind bars.

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).

Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

Low tax gap results in £71 billion for UK public services

Press Releases   •   Jun 15, 2018 11:37 BST

The tax gap for 2016/17 is 5.7%, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today.

Solihull online tax cheat jailed

Solihull online tax cheat jailed

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2018 10:18 BST

A West Midlands fraudster who paid no tax on the profit from his £3 million online business has been jailed for two years for evading £500,000 of tax.

 Tax cheat teacher blew stolen tax cash on gambling and Leeds United

Tax cheat teacher blew stolen tax cash on gambling and Leeds United

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2018 12:31 BST

A teacher who stole £100,000 of tax repayments to spend on gambling, golfing and Leeds Utd football matches has been handed a suspended 21-month prison sentence at Birmingham Crown Court following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Former police officer jailed and ex-rugby star sentenced in Formula 1 film tax scam

Former police officer jailed and ex-rugby star sentenced in Formula 1 film tax scam

Press Releases   •   Jun 04, 2018 18:14 BST

A former police officer, financial adviser and a City trader have been jailed for a total of eight years for a £2.4 million tax scam after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Fugitive tobacco fraudster behind bars

Fugitive tobacco fraudster behind bars

Press Releases   •   Jun 01, 2018 13:37 BST

One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who spent more than 11 years on the run and owes more than £53 million, is finally behind bars after he was caught in Canada.

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.

Working at the car wash didn't pay for fraudster caught in HMRC blitz

Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 10:27 BST

A car wash owner who failed to pay £100,000 duty on more than 400,000 cigarettes has been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Labourer constructed £500k cigarette fraud

Labourer constructed £500k cigarette fraud

Press Releases   •   May 01, 2018 12:16 BST

A labourer who had nearly two million illicit cigarettes stashed in a storage unit, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he was investigated by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).