HMRC & CPS Prosecute Shisha Tobacco Smuggling Gang

Six tobacco smugglers have been sentenced at the Old Bailey after being involved in illegal importation of shisha tobacco into the United Kingdom.  The arrests came after HM Revenue & Customers  (“HMRC”) amounted their biggest ever investigation into contraband shisha tobacco. The operation began in April 2013 after the Border Force Offices at Tilbury docks discovered 2.2 …

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Evading Import Tax worth £2m

The Old Bailey sentenced a garlic smuggler for six years after evading £2million duty, which is the longest sentence given for evading customs duty. Murugasan Natrajan imported garlic into the UK from his business Perfect Imports & Exports in Southall, West London. However customs officers raided Mr Natrajan’s premises after noticing that he had suddenly stopped importing garlic …

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Duty Free Boarding Card Scam

A Cardiff man, who used fake international boarding cards (when actually travelling on domestic flights) to buy duty free cigarettes has been jailed for 12 months. The scam resulted in an evasion estimated at £70,000 in excise duty. HMRC investigators discovered that for over five years Simon Evans, used false boarding cards to purchase duty …

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