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Ten arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

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Ten arrested in suspected £4m tax fraud investigation

Ten people have been arrested by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers as part of a nationwide investigation into a suspected £4 million VAT and money laundering fraud linked to the transport industry.

HMRC searched eight addresses yesterday across Cambridgeshire, Surrey, Essex and Yorkshire, as well as four addresses in Counties Tyrone and Down. Police Service of Northern Ireland, Cambridgeshire Police and Surrey Police officers assisted in the operation.

Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“This action sends a firm message to anyone involved in or considering fraud against HMRC. We treat this crime very seriously and will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing money from vital public services.

“Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

The ten people were questioned by HMRC and have been released on bail. Computers, mobile phones and paperwork, as well as cash, were seized as part of the operation and investigations are ongoing.

Notes for Editors

1. Details of the arrests:

  • Two men, aged 34 and 57, and a woman, aged 41, were arrested at three addresses in Cambridge.
  • A man, aged 52, was arrested at an address in the Borough of Runnymede, Surrey.
  • A man, aged 57, was arrested at an address in the Basildon area of Essex.
  • A man, aged 50, was arrested in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
  • Two men, aged 25 and 31, were arrested at addresses in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
  • A man, aged 40, was arrested in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.
  • A man, aged 35, was arrested in County Down, Northern Ireland

2. Those arrested have been bailed until November 2015

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