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Illicit tobacco and alcohol seized in Luton

Aug 29, 2014 16:50 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Luton has uncovered more than 33,000 illegal cigarettes, 27 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 524 litres of alcohol.

Seven arrested for suspected £12m VAT fraud

Mar 28, 2014 11:11 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Six men and one woman have been arrested in a series of raids across Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London as part of an investigation into a suspected £12 million VAT fraud.

Two arrested as illegal tobacco factory dismantled

Nov 01, 2013 10:09 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Two men have been arrested at addresses in Bedford in connection with the seizure of over 15 tonnes of raw leaf tobacco. The potential duty loss is estimated at £2.3 million.

Luton landlord sentenced for £1.2m tax fraud

Oct 30, 2013 13:16 GMT HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) An on-the-run Luton landlord, who bought property in Dubai and gambled in casinos with the tax he should have paid to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), has been sentenced to eight years in his absence for fraud.

Cigarette smuggling money men ordered to pay back £2.7 million

Jul 30, 2013 14:04 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) The financial backers of a criminal enterprise that attempted to smuggle 20 million cigarettes into the UK by describing them as babies’ toys have been ordered to repay £2.7 million or face further jail terms.

Three arrested on suspicion of £900k tax fraud

Jul 10, 2013 09:45 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Three people have been arrested on suspicion of Income Tax and VAT fraud estimated at £900,000 and associated money laundering offences.

White van man ordered to pay back £621k

Jul 04, 2013 16:34 BST HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) A Hertfordshire tax fraudster who enjoyed a luxury lifestyle at the expense of the UK taxpayer has been ordered to repay £621,092 within six months or serve a further four years in jail.

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