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Ringleader of tobacco smuggling gang behind bars

A Leicester ringleader of an 11-strong tobacco smuggling gang that attempted to flood the UK streets with millions of illicit cigarettes, and evade more than £1 million in unpaid duty, has been jailed.

Mahomed Safir Daud, 48, of Byway Road, led the criminal gang which smuggled tobacco products into the UK, an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation has revealed. The total duty evaded on the tobacco was £1,230,707.

HMRC officers seized nearly five million cigarettes, 329kg of hand-rolling tobacco and in excess of £50,000 cash across the Midlands and Yorkshire, during a ten-month period from May 2015. £17,910 of the money found was stashed inside a kitchen bin and other piles of cash were hidden under stairs, car seats and around the homes of several gang members.

Daud, believed to be the mastermind of the scam, was caught with seven mobile phones and 18 sim cards, all used to communicate with his associates across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, where the tobacco was seized.

Another member of the gang, Maciej Wysoczanski, was caught red-handed moving 2.7 million Em@il Red branded cigarettes with a fork lift outside a unit on Magna Road, Leicester. The goods were hidden in cardboard boxes.

Richard Paris, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Daud was at the forefront of a shocking criminal operation which aimed to put masses of illegal tobacco products on the streets and cost UK taxpayers millions of pounds. The gang are now paying the price for their crimes.

“Trade in illegal tobacco harms legitimate businesses and deprives the UK of money which should be used to fund our vital public services. Anyone with information about tax fraud should report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Mahomed Safir Daud was jailed for three years at Nottingham Crown Court today (17 August 2018).

Ten of the remaining gang members were also convicted for their roles in the fraud:

  • Maciej Wysoczanski, 40, jailed for two years
  • Liam Watt, 31, sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Paul Slack, 37, sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Honer Ahmed, 30, sentenced to 19 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Asif Daud (cousin of Mahomed Safir Daud), 42, sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Terrence Knight, 53, jailed for two years
  • Wayne Smith, 51, sentenced to 13 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Emily Mallett, 38, sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months
  • Leonard Mallett (father of Emily Mallett), 65, jailed for 18 months
  • Mohamed Uzair Daud (son of Mahomed Safir Daud), 20, conditionally discharged for six months

Mahomed Safir Daud, Asif Daud, Wysoczanski, Watt, Ahmed, Smith, Knight, Mohamed Uzair Daud, Emily and Leonard Mallett admitted guilt. Slack was convicted after a trial.

HMRC has now begun proceedings to reclaim the stolen tax.

Information about any type of tax fraud can be reported to HMRC online at https://www.gov.uk/report-an-unregistered-trader-or-business.

    Notes to Editors

1. Mahomed Safir Daud. DOB: 06/03/1970, of Byway Road in Leicester, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was jailed for three years at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

2. Mohamed Uzair Daud. DOB: 18/01/1998, of Upper Brown Street in Leicester, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was conditionally discharged for six months at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

3. Maciej Wysoczanski. DOB: 03/11/1977, of Humberstone Park Close in Leicester, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was jailed for two years at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

4. Liam Watt. DOB: 15/12/1986, of Herrick Gardens in Doncaster, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £750 at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

5. Paul Slack. DOB: 15/10/1980, of Mona Road in Doncaster, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £750 at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

6. Honer Ahmed. DOB: 01/03/1988, of Exeter Place in Derby, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was sentenced to 19 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £750 at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

7. Asif Daud. DOB: 30/03/1976, of Cottesmore Road in Leicester, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £750 at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018

8. Terrence Knight. DOB: 07/06/1965, of Northumberland Close in Nottingham, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was jailed for two years at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

9. Wayne Smith. DOB: 30/11/1966, of Overpark Avenue in Leicester, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. At Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018 he was sentenced to 13 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to pay costs of £480 and must abide by a curfew for six weeks.

10. Emily Mallett. DOB: 31/07/1980, of Melling Avenue in Doncaster, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. She was sentenced to 16 months, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £480 at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

11. Leonard Mallett. DOB: 24/07/1953, of St Giles Gate in Doncaster, was charged with intent to defraud and to the prejudice of Her Majesty's Revenue, conspired together and with other persons unknown to cheat Her Majesty's Revenue by evading the duty chargeable on tobacco, which duty was chargeable by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 in that they were dealing with tobacco products and failed to pay to Her Majesty's Revenue any duty chargeable on those tobacco products by virtue of the Tobacco Products Duty Act 1979 and contrary to s1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977. He was jailed for 18 months at Nottingham Crown Court on 17 August 2018.

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