Crimestoppers has released pictures and names of 10 criminals allegedly responsible for £200m tax fraud…
In a bid to track the UK’s most wanted fraudsters down, national charity Crimestoppers published the names and images of 10 HMRC fraud suspects on 2 August 2011.
The list includes two men wanted for alleged value added tax (VAT) fraud, who were both sentenced in their absence after they failed to surrender themselves for custody at the appointed time.
According to the National Fraud Authority, actions of HMRC fraud cost the UK a total of £38bn in 2010.
Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft, said:
“This is not a victimless crime. Every single one of us is paying higher taxes, bank charges and insurance fees because of fraud.
“The amount of fraud against the public purse is around £27bn a year. This is equivalent to 30% of the estimated national education budget for 2011/2012.”
Lord Ashcroft is urging anyone who holds information on the whereabouts of named fraudsters, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“Serious fraudsters often operate as part of gangs and fraud is just one of their business streams, this can result in the funding of drugs and people trafficking, which causes real harm to many,” he added.
Four of the ten most wanted might be of special interest to the taxman:
Nasser Ahmed, 38, is wanted for an alleged £156m VAT fraud scam conducted in and around Bristol. After failing to appear in court following bail, he was sentenced to 6 years in his absence.
Timur Mehmet, 37, has connections around North London and is wanted for involvement in a £25m VAT fraud. After failing to turn up for trial he was sentenced 8 years in his absence.
Ajayi Seun, 45, isa former solicitor from Surrey who from 2004-2009 allegedly conned mortgage lenders and banks out of more than £12m. Ajayi has strong links in the Carshalton area andhas been charged with conspiracy of money laundering and has failed to answer bail.
Misba Uddin, 47, allegedly submitted false mortgage applications whilst working as a financial advisor, to the sum of £5.7m, which he then transferred into his own bank account. He is currently wanted for fraud by false representation.
Crimestoppers have ‘guaranteed’ the public that the identity of those calling the hotline will not be revealed; asking those with information to ‘help’ the charity “take these criminals out of circulation.”
If you think HMRC suspect you of any kind of tax fraud or VAT fraud, or you have already received that dreaded tax enquiry letter from HMRC.
You need to contact a tax enquiry expert IMMEDIATELY.
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