Two arrested as global bank probe gathers pace
Two men have been arrested as part of a multi-million-pound tax fraud investigation involving UK customers of a collapsed Puerto Rican bank.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers executed search warrants at three residential and business addresses in Liverpool and arrested two men, aged 40 and 50.
Computers and other digital devices were seized during the raids along with business record
Illegal alcohol factory dismantled in Staffordshire
An illegal alcohol factory capable of producing up to 150 bottles of fake vodka every hour has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in Staffordshire.
HMRC searched a commercial premises near Lichfield on February 1 and discovered the property was filled with counterfeit vodka and production machinery.
It’s estimated the factory was capable of evading £2.5million of excise duty ev
HMRC leads global probe into major till fraud
A gang suspected of being behind a multi-million pound global fraud, that uses software to hide till sales, has been targeted with the arrest of five people by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
An extensive investigation and intelligence operation, led to an international probe with enforcement action taken in the UK, US and Australia. More than 100 HMRC officers visited 90 businesses across Engla
99 million cigarettes seized at UK port
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is investigating the single largest seizure of illegal cigarettes ever made at a UK port.
More than 99 million cigarettes, worth around £44 million in unpaid taxes, were seized by Border Force (BF) at the Port of Hull on 1 June 2022.
A BF tobacco detection dog helped uncover the illegal cigarettes which were packed inside eight shipping containers and described
Fraud charge authorised against Bernard Charles Ecclestone
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised the charging of Bernard Charles Ecclestone with fraud by false representation, following a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
Simon York, Director, Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), HMRC, said: “We can confirm that a fraud by false representation charge has been authorised against Bernard Ecclestone. This follows a complex and worldw
Jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran ordered to pay £700k
A jailed pensioner who trafficked fighter jet parts to Iran in shipments he claimed were goggles, wheelbarrows and gloves, has been ordered to pay back £700,000.
Retired company boss Alexander George, 80, of Long Ashton, Bristol, was jailed in 2018 for shipping military items to Iran, including MiG 29 and US F4 Phantom parts, following an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.
New powers introduced as HMRC targets till fraud
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers visited businesses across the country and arrested 3 people in a day of action after new powers were introduced in the fight against till fraud.
£17 million scrap metal fraudsters jailed
A gang that stole £17 million in a ‘missing trader’ VAT fraud have been jailed for a total of 12 years.
Three sentenced for roles in £6.1m money laundering scheme
Three men have been sentenced to 15 years in jail following a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a £6.1 million money laundering scheme.
‘Most wanted’ HMRC tax fugitive caught
One of the UK’s most wanted tax fugitives has been caught while walking her dogs in Spain. Sarah Panitzke, originally from York, was arrested in an operation led by the Spanish Guardia Civil, working alongside HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Plain clothes officers approached the 47-year-old as she walked her two dogs in the small town of Santa Barbara near the Catalan coast on Sunday morning.
Removal man jailed for cigarette smuggling
Thomas Coulton, 42, has been jailed for two and a half years after an investigation by HMRC. Coulton owns the Heysham, Lancashire-based Tommy’s Removals and Storage company. He smuggled two million counterfeit cigarettes into the UK, evading duty of £615,805.
HMRC fraud squad takes back £1 billion from offenders
More than £1 billion has been recovered from the proceeds of crime and tax offenders since the formation of a specialist HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) fraud squad five years ago. Launched in April 2016, the department’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) has now recovered assets equivalent to funding around 20,000 NHS nurses for an entire year.
£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.
Tobacco trio jailed for £1.5m scam
A trio of tobacco fraudsters that attempted to flood the UK with millions of illegal cigarettes, have been jailed for a total of eight and-a-half years.
Tobacco gang kingpin jailed for eight years
The ringleader of a criminal gang that attempted to flood the UK with more than 79 million illegal cigarettes has been jailed for more than eight years.
Unemployed Ary Majeed, of Tennyson Road, Coventry, spearheaded an illegal cigarette and money laundering operation, using a fleet of vehicles and a network of couriers.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) seized millions of cigarettes from Majeed
Jailed VAT fraudster spent stolen cash on Spanish villas
A fraudster who stole nearly £1.9 million of taxpayers’ money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including buying three Spanish villas, has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.
Payroll fraud ringleader ordered to pay £1.7m
A globe-trotting tax consultant who stole £6.9 million from construction workers’ pay packets has been ordered to repay £1.7 million or face a further four years in jail.
Gang ringleaders jailed for running UK’s largest illegal tobacco factory
The masterminds behind a £10 million fraud have been jailed after they were caught running the UK’s largest illegal tobacco factory, which could produce 140 packs of cigarettes a minute.
Air filter cigarette smuggler jailed
A lorry driver, who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5 million in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.