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Winchester woman arrested on suspicion of £320k VAT fraud

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Winchester woman arrested on suspicion of £320k VAT fraud

A Winchester businesswoman has been arrested on suspicion of VAT fraud estimated at £320,000.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators arrested the woman in Bournemouth on Tuesday 24 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 VAT fraud can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

A residential address and one commercial property in the Winchester area were searched.

The woman was interviewed and released on bail until 27 January 2014. Investigations continue.

Notes for editors

1.  The 49 year-old woman was arrested on the evening of 24 September 2013, in central Bournemouth.

2.  She was questioned on suspicion of VAT repayment fraud.

3.  Follow HMRC on Twitter @HMRCgovuk


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