Regions: Greater Manchester
£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.
Jailed ‘spy’ to pay up or face more time
A Norfolk tax fraudster, who claimed he was a spy in an attempt to cover his tracks, has been ordered to pay £615,000 or face a further five years behind bars.
Three arrests in fuel fraud raids
Three men have been arrested and a suspected fuel laundering plant dismantled as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected multi-million pound fuel fraud.
West Yorkshire fuel fraudster jailed
A West Yorkshire oil dealer has been jailed for three and a half years for selling potentially harmful illegally laundered fuel to unsuspecting customers.
Fridge gang sent to the cooler for £12 million tobacco smuggling fraud
A gang who smuggled illegal tobacco hidden inside fridges, microwaves and vacuum cleaners to evade £12 million in tax, have been jailed for a total of 21 years and five months.
Former police officer jailed and ex-rugby star sentenced in Formula 1 film tax scam
A former police officer, financial adviser and a City trader have been jailed for a total of eight years for a £2.4 million tax scam after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Airport parking boss jailed for tax fraud
The boss of a Manchester parking company has been jailed for stealing more than £466,000 of his employees’ tax payments after a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation uncovered his fraud.
Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and fake vodka factory
Five men have been arrested in Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.
Warrington kebab man takes away jail term
A Warrington fast food takeaway boss, who lied about his shop’s takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud, has been jailed.
Blackburn fuel fraudster payback time
A Blackburn petrol station owner, who was jailed for selling hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal diesel to unsuspecting motorists, has been ordered to repay £133,660 in stolen taxes.
Rochdale tax fraudster to repay £400k
A Rochdale businessman, who pocketed nearly £1.25 million from two VAT frauds, has been ordered to repay almost £400,000 or face another four years in jail after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Fake vodka factory found in Liverpool
An illegal alcohol factory, producing potentially toxic vodka, has been found in an industrial unit in Aintree.
Arrests in suspected £2.9m tax fraud
Two people from Cheadle Hulme have been arrested during morning raids as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected tax fraud estimated to be in excess of £2.9 million.
Tobacco seized in North West
An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.
Illegal tobacco traders to repay £175k
Three Lancashire men, who were jailed last year for their part in a £16 million illegal tobacco fraud, have been ordered to repay more than £175,000 or serve extra time in jail.
Oswaldtwistle man jailed for illegal tobacco
A Lancashire man, has been jailed for four years and nine months for evading more than £2 million in taxes by trading in illegal tobacco.
Three men jailed in £17m tobacco fraud
Three men have been jailed for a total of 16 years for a £17 million tax fraud after an illegal tobacco factory was discovered.
VAT fraudster ordered to repay £2.2m
A convicted fraudster from Lancashire, who was part of a VAT repayment fraud involving fake construction companies, must repay more than £2.2 million.
Arrest in suspected £3.8m offshore tax fraud
A woman has been arrested in Cheshire as part of a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) joint investigation with the Dutch authorities into a suspected £3.8m million tax fraud involving offshore bank accounts.