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Woman arrested in VAT fraud investigation

Press Release   •   Sep 02, 2014 16:58 BST

A woman from Co Tyrone has been arrested in connection with a suspected £100,000 VAT fraud linked to the transport industry.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers searched a business and a private address in the Omagh area this morning where they seized cash and business records relating to the fraud.

Mike Parkinson, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade the taxes they owe should expect not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well. “

The woman was questioned by HMRC and has been released on bail. Investigations are continuing.

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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.