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Transport boss jailed for cigarette smuggling

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Transport boss jailed for cigarette smuggling

The owner of a transport company who attempted to smuggle nearly three million cigarettes into the UK to avoid paying £665,000 in duty has been jailed.

Karoly Borsos, 61, was stopped at Hull docks last August by Border Force officers who searched the trailer he was driving. They found Gold Mount cigarettes concealed behind pallets of office furniture and referred the case to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to investigate.

Jo Tyler, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“Cheap unregulated cigarettes are a major threat to the health and well-being of communities in Hull and across the country. This result sends out a clear message to those who peddle these products that we will not tolerate their activities.  Smugglers are criminals who are only out to line their own pockets; they do not care about the harm that they cause by smuggling. 

“If you have any information about illegal cigarettes please call HMRC’s hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

Borsos, who runs a transport company in Hungary, originally claimed that he was unaware of the cigarettes and that another driver, who was due to take the load, had let him down. Investigations found that this was not true and Borsos was arrested and charged with the fraudulent evasion of duty. He later pleaded guilty to smuggling offences.

At the crown court hearing in Hull on Friday 6 February 2015, Borsos was sentenced to 12 months in prison. 

Notes to Editors

  1. Karoly Borsos (DOB 10/08/1953) of Fceged Jozsefa, Hungary is the owner of Silver Flame      Transport based in Hungary.
  2. Borsos was stopped on 25 August 2014 at King George Dock in Hull, when he arrived from Rotterdam. In total 2.8 million cigarettes were seized from the trailer.
  3. Pictures are available on HMRC’s Flickr site www.flickr.com/hmrcgovuk  
  4. Follow HMRC’s press office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice

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