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Seven detained in VAT fraud investigation

Press Release   •   May 15, 2014 17:04 BST

Six men and one woman have been detained by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in connection with a suspected VAT fraud estimated to be worth over £100,000.

HMRC investigators, accompanied by Police Scotland and National Crime Agency officers, searched nine private addresses across Ayrshire, Glasgow, Central Scotland and Dunbartonshire and a business address in Dumfries and Galloway, where they seized business records and a quantity of cash.

David Odd, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and, by working with our partner agencies in the Scottish Organised Crime Taskforce, we are protecting communities from this type of crime which costs the taxpayer around £1.2 billion in unpaid revenue every year.

“Anyone with information about people or businesses who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

All seven are being interviewed by HMRC and Investigations are continuing.

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3. One man from Ayrshire aged 58, two men from Glasgow aged 29 and 54, two men from Dumfries and Galloway aged 33 and 45, a 26 year-old woman from Dunbartonshire and a 71 year–old man from Central Scotland were detained.

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.