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Four men caught red-handed with 1.2 million illegal cigarettes

Four men caught red-handed with 1.2 million illegal cigarettes

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2019 12:36 GMT

Four men who were caught red-handed with more than 1.2 million illegal cigarettes in Stoke-on-Trent have been handed prison sentences totalling two-and-a-half years.

Thousands of sellers red-flagged to online marketplaces reveals HMRC

Thousands of sellers red-flagged to online marketplaces reveals HMRC

Press Releases   •   Jan 11, 2019 00:01 GMT

Over 4,600 online sellers have been red-flagged to marketplaces for tax evasion during the last two years, reveals HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). As a result, many sellers have had their online stores deleted.

Tax fraudster’s jail term extended for failing to pay back £75k

Tax fraudster’s jail term extended for failing to pay back £75k

Press Releases   •   Nov 21, 2018 12:21 GMT

A Birmingham fraudster has been jailed for a second time for failing to pay back the £75,000 he stole in a two-year tax fraud.

Restaurant bosses cooked the books and pocketed tips in £800k fraud

Restaurant bosses cooked the books and pocketed tips in £800k fraud

Press Releases   •   Nov 16, 2018 12:40 GMT

Four fraudsters who ran a chain of upmarket Indian restaurants have been handed jail sentences totalling 10 years for an £800,000 fraud that saw them pocket staff tips and hide sales to evade tax.

Jail for family of Facebook cigarette sellers

Jail for family of Facebook cigarette sellers

Press Releases   •   Nov 13, 2018 14:47 GMT

Three members of the same Black Country household have been sentenced for selling illegal cigarettes through Facebook.

Fugitive tax fraudster jailed on his birthday

Fugitive tax fraudster jailed on his birthday

Press Releases   •   Nov 05, 2018 15:57 GMT

One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives, who escaped to Ireland 12 years ago, is finally behind bars for committing a £5 million tax fraud.

Tax fraud brothers jailed for  £3.6m alcohol scam

Tax fraud brothers jailed for £3.6m alcohol scam

Press Releases   •   Nov 05, 2018 11:50 GMT

Two London-based brothers, who evaded £3.6 million in tax by distributing alcohol smuggled into the UK, have been jailed for a total of more than 12 years.

Tobacco smuggling gang jailed for 26 years

Tobacco smuggling gang jailed for 26 years

Press Releases   •   Oct 26, 2018 17:02 BST

​An eight-strong tobacco smuggling gang, which brought more than two million illegal cigarettes into the North East hidden among fridge freezers, have been jailed for more than 26 years.

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling cigarettes in black pudding delivery

Lorry driver jailed for smuggling cigarettes in black pudding delivery

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2018 16:45 BST

A lorry driver who was caught smuggling millions of cigarettes into the UK has been jailed for two years and 10 months after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Father and son tobacco smugglers jailed

Father and son tobacco smugglers jailed

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2018 16:10 BST

A father and son have been jailed after they were caught smuggling almost half a tonne of illegal tobacco into the UK hidden under pot plants.

Reality TV star sold illegal tobacco online

Reality TV star sold illegal tobacco online

Press Releases   •   Sep 25, 2018 17:19 BST

A former Big Brother contestant has been sentenced for using social media to sell illegal tobacco.

Serial tobacco cheats paying the price

Serial tobacco cheats paying the price

Press Releases   •   Sep 23, 2018 00:01 BST

Shopkeepers repeatedly caught selling illicit tobacco and undermining honest traders faced tax bills and penalties in excess of £11 million last year as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) moved to deliver a level playing field for local traders.

Recruitment agency director jailed for £470k VAT fraud

Recruitment agency director jailed for £470k VAT fraud

Press Releases   •   Sep 17, 2018 10:56 BST

A Wakefield man, who stole more than £470,000 VAT and spent it on houses and a luxury holiday home, has been jailed for 27 months.

Cigarette smuggling trio jailed

Cigarette smuggling trio jailed

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2018 15:44 BST

Three men have been jailed after they were caught with more than 1.5 million illegal cigarettes disguised as road surfacing material at a South Shields warehouse.

Fishy tale of cigarettes smuggled to UK hidden in aquarium pumps

Fishy tale of cigarettes smuggled to UK hidden in aquarium pumps

Press Releases   •   Aug 17, 2018 11:35 BST

Two men and a woman, who smuggled cigarettes into the UK hidden among fish pumps, have received sentences totalling more than 10 years in jail after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Shop owner jailed after hiding illegal cigarettes among his fresh veg

Shop owner jailed after hiding illegal cigarettes among his fresh veg

Press Releases   •   Aug 07, 2018 15:14 BST

A London shop owner, who evaded £250,000 in tax importing tobacco and cigarettes from India, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years. Kishor Shah, 63, of Elm Road, Wembley, hid some of his stash under a vegetable stall at the front of his shop, Paan Parlour on Ealing Road.

Blackpool shopkeeper must repay £250,000 in stolen VAT

Blackpool shopkeeper must repay £250,000 in stolen VAT

Press Releases   •   Jul 30, 2018 11:27 BST

A Blackpool shopkeeper, who was jailed for tax fraud after false VAT returns were submitted to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has been ordered to repay £250,000.

HMRC unearths seven tonnes of tobacco inside potato sacks

HMRC unearths seven tonnes of tobacco inside potato sacks

Press Releases   •   Jul 27, 2018 14:53 BST

HMRC Investigators have seized nearly seven tonnes of illegal tobacco, worth more than £2 million in evaded duty, after a raid at a farm in Warwickshire.

Payback time for security company director

Payback time for security company director

Press Releases   •   Jul 18, 2018 14:56 BST

A Gloucester security services company director, who was jailed for stealing almost half a million pounds in tax, must pay back £67,424 or face another two years in jail and still owe the money.

​Lorry driver loses his liberty

​Lorry driver loses his liberty

Press Releases   •   Jul 06, 2018 09:47 BST

A lorry driver who was promised £1,500 to smuggle tobacco into the UK has been jailed for 18 months.