Press release -
Two arrested on suspicion of selling illegal fuel
Two men from Worcester were arrested yesterday, 6 August 2013, on suspicion of selling and distributing illegal fuel and evading excise duty of around £1 million.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers searched one residential and one business property in Worcester and one business property in Kidderminster. They seized business and banking records and computers and around £25,000 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of crime.
Adrian Farley, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation of HMRC, said:
“Fuel fraud is costing the UK taxpayer around £900 million a year. It has a detrimental and harmful effect on all our communities as well as a damaging impact on our environment. We would urge anyone with information on fuel misuse or suspicious activities in their area to contact our Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000 straight away.”
The men aged 24 and 47, have been bailed until 7 November 2013.
Investigations are ongoing.
Notes for Editors
1. Red diesel is marked gas oil or a rebated fuel for use in agricultural machinery and not for use in road vehicles.
Green diesel is the Republic of Ireland equivalent of the UK’s red diesel. Laundered fuel is red (or green) diesel, which has been filtered through chemicals or acids to remove the government marker. For every 10,000 litres of fuel laundered a tonne of toxic waste is produced and indiscriminately dumped in the countryside. The chemicals and acids remain in the fuel and damage fuel pumps in diesel cars.
2. Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk
Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
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.