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Two arrested in suspected £1 million VAT fraud

Press Release   •   Dec 19, 2013 11:57 GMT

A man and woman have been arrested, on suspicion of stealing £1 million in a VAT repayment fraud connected with the retail fashion industry.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators made the arrests at the couple’s home address in Southwark, London, yesterday. They also searched two business premises - one in Southwark and one in Brighton.

Peter Millroy, 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 money. Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

A 53 year old man and a 48 year old woman were questioned under caution by HMRC officers on suspicion of VAT evasion and money laundering. They were bailed until March 2014.

Computers and business records were removed during the searches, and investigations continue.

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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.