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Further arrests for £3.6 million VAT fraud

Press Release   •   Jun 21, 2013 10:32 BST

Four people were arrested on Wednesday (19 June) on suspicion of tax fraud estimated to exceed £3.6 million. This brings the total arrested in this investigation to nine, following the arrest of five others in December 2012.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators carried out a number of searches at residential addresses, arresting one man and one woman in West Sussex, one man in Hove, Sussex, and one man in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

HMRC spokesman Bob Gaiger said:

“Tax fraud is a serious crime and HMRC will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing public funds. People with information about those who may be involved in VAT fraud can contact the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.

“Further details cannot be provided at this stage of the investigation as enquiries continue.”

All four people arrested on 19 June have been interviewed and bailed until 14 November 2013.

The four men and one woman arrested in December 2012 are also bailed until 14 November 2013.

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.