£36m cigarette gang caught after encrypted messages cracked
Two men who smuggled 117 million cigarettes into the UK have been jailed for more than 14 years after their encrypted messages were accessed by investigators from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They were caught using data from Operation Venetic, the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted comms platform EncroChat.
Crime gang jailed for 34 years
A crime gang that smuggled huge amounts of illicit alcohol into the UK and stole more than £16 million in taxes, have been jailed for a total of more than 34 years.
Shafqat Majeed, formerly of Hove, was given 10 years in prison for spearheading the multimillion-pound VAT and excise fraud while living a life of luxury and driving flash cars.
The 52-year-old and ten other gang members have now
Runaway VAT fraudster jailed
A VAT fraudster who fled the country eight years ago to escape justice has been jailed for four years.
Mohammad Tanwir Khan, of Bluestone Drive, Heaton Moor, Stockport, ran a company called Spearpoint Limited and absconded to Pakistan after he was convicted of an £817,000 VAT fraud in 2013.
An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed he used more than 350 false invoices linke
London solicitor jailed for £380k stamp duty fraud
The former owner of a West London law firm has been jailed for more than three years for stealing £380,000 in stamp duty.
Payroll fraud ringleader ordered to pay £1.7m
A globe-trotting tax consultant who stole £6.9 million from construction workers’ pay packets has been ordered to repay £1.7 million or face a further four years in jail.
Jailed tax fraudster ordered to repay £1.1 million
A convicted tax fraudster, who stole millions of pounds to fund a life of luxury cars and homes, has been ordered to repay £1.1 million or spend more time behind bars.
Father and son jailed for £1.6 million tobacco fraud
A Newcastle father and son, who led a tobacco crime gang that smuggled more than five million illegal cigarettes into the North East, have been jailed.
Runaway tobacco and VAT fraudster jailed
A Buckinghamshire man has been jailed for six years after he illegally imported more than two million cigarettes, stole hundreds of thousands of pounds in VAT and then fled the country to escape punishment.
Fugitive cigarette smuggler behind bars
A fugitive cigarette smuggler is behind bars after more than two years on the run.
Tax gap falls to lowest recorded rate
The tax gap estimate for 2018-19 is 4.7%, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) confirmed today.
Jail for trio behind £9.5 million tobacco fraud
Three London men have been jailed after 23 million illegal cigarettes were discovered at four rented industrial units across the south of England.