News Articles

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Five jailed for £17 million mobile phone VAT fraud

Five men have been jailed this week at Southwark Crown Court for a total of 15 years after a £17 million ‘missing trader’ VAT fraud. A sixth is awaiting sentencing. HM Revenue & Customs conducted a four-and-a-half year investigation that involved mobile phone accessories, SIM cards and digital memory. A further £5 million of VAT claims were stopped, with an additional £300 million planned.

Gary Lampon, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said “This was organised fraud on a massive scale used to blatantly fund the extravagant lifestyles of this criminal gang at the expense of the British taxpayer. ‘Missing trader’ fraud is not merely a paper fraud, it is organised crime and we are determined to pursue and bring to justice the criminals behind this type of fraud and confiscate the proceeds of their crimes.”

The gang’s cash proceeds were used to purchase a number of high-value items, including several properties worth over £1 million each, a Rolls Royce Phantom and a Ferrari. Over £8 million of assets have been restrained so far and confiscation proceedings are underway.

Harbinder Singh Samra, described as one of the ‘principal players’ in the fraud and sentenced to four and a half years in prison, was shot four times during the conspiracy while getting into his Rolls Royce outside The Hardwick public house in Walsall, West Midlands.

Print
Author: The Fonecast
0 Comments
Rate this article:
No rating

Categories: NewsNumber of views: 8676

Tags: uk legal crime vat

Leave a comment

This form collects your name, email, IP address and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.
Add comment

Follow thefonecast.com

Twitter @TheFonecast RSS podcast feed
Find us on Facebook Subscribe free via iTunes

Archive Calendar

«July 2024»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
24252627282930
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234

Archive

Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement