UK: HMRC’s top criminal cases of 2017
09 Jan 2018

Britain’s revenue collector HMRC took on a number of tax cheats involved in various scams in 2017.

Convictions were secured for pocketing employees’ income tax contributions, failing to declare income and offering fake tax breaks to wealthy investors, as well as tax credits and fuel fraud, it said.

Here are five of its ten most significant tax fraud and organised crime cases of the year:

Wealthy folk hoodwinked into £100m bogus green scheme

Six men from the South East were jailed for a total of 45 years after persuading wealthy individuals to invest in largely fake environmental projects. A ten year investigation revealed the scheme was nothing more than a £108m fraud, using a complex series of offshore banking and paper transactions.

£46m wine scam and laundering in several bank accounts
A pair of London fraudsters who evaded £46.5 million in tax by smuggling wine into the UK sentenced to a total of 17 and a half years in prison. They laundered the proceeds of the fraud using a string of bank accounts.

‘Anti- paperwork’ millionaire who failed to file a single return
A millionaire businessman from Kent who failed to file a single return or pay £1.3m in tax because he wasn’t a ‘paperwork person’, jailed for four years.

Bogus spy and his holiday homes bought from VAT fraud
A Kings Lynn man who told his family and friends he was a spy travelling abroad when in reality he was visiting holiday homes bought with the proceeds of a £1.6 million VAT fraud.

Polish gang’s £17m evasion from Essex and North West tobacco farms
The evasion of £17 million in lost excise duty and VAT from the manufacture of illegal tobacco products that cost three men a total of 16 years in jail sentences.

Read about the other five stories on this HMRC-linked news site.

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