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Thirty-two top tax cheats get over 150 years behind bars

Press Release   •   Jan 04, 2013 00:01 GMT

The top tax criminals of 2012 have been sentenced to a combined total of 155 years and 10 months behind bars, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) announced today.

Over 30 of the UK’s top tax cheats are being publicised on Flickr as part of HMRC’s current Tax Evasion Campaign.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said:

“The Government is committed to closing in on tax evaders. Collectively the 32 criminals have been sentenced to more than 150 years. Most people play by the rules and pay what they owe, but HMRC is cracking down on those who don’t.

"We hope that publishing these pictures will help get across that it always makes sense to declare all your income, and tax dodgers are simply storing up trouble for the future.”

HMRC’s top tax criminals of 2012 can be seen here

Tell HMRC about customs or excise fraud, or tax evasion here

Notes to editors

1. A tax evasion campaign has been launched by HMRC as part of the Government’s £917 million investment to tackle tax evasion, avoidance and fraud from 2011-12. This has been added to with a further £77 million over the next two years, which was announced in December's Autumn Statement. This will aim to raise an additional £7 billion each year by 2014-15

2. Images will go live Friday 4 January at 00.01 on HMRC’s flickr site

3. Follow us on Twitter @hmrcgovuk

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.