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Three arrested in suspected VAT fraud investigation

Press Release   •   Dec 10, 2013 15:02 GMT

A man and woman from Essex and a man from Buckinghamshire have been arrested today on suspicion of being involved in an estimated £2.4 million VAT fraud connected to the horse racing industry.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators made the arrests at residential addresses near Braintree in Essex and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Two business premises were also searched.

Paul Barton, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC said:

“Tackling tax fraud is a key priority for HMRC and we will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing public funds. Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

The two men and a woman are being questioned.

 Investigations continue.


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.