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Southampton man arrested on suspicion of £1.9m tax fraud

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Southampton man arrested on suspicion of £1.9m tax fraud

A Southampton businessman has been arrested on suspicion of VAT and Income Tax fraud estimated at £1.9 million.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators arrested the man at a residential address in Chilworth, Southampton, on Tuesday 10 September 2013.

HMRC spokesman Bob Gaiger said:

“Tackling tax fraud is a key priority for HMRC and we will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing public funds. Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

A residential address and one commercial property were searched.

The man was interviewed and released on bail until 10 December 2013. Investigations continue.

Notes for editors

1. The 48 year-old man was arrested on the morning of Tuesday 10 September 2013.

2. He was questioned on suspicion of fraud by false representation and cheating the public revenue.

3. Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk


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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.

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