Source: HMRC Press Release 7th January 2017
HM Revenue and Customs has revealed its top ten most significant fraud and organised crime cases of 2016.
HMRC’s criminal investigations have led to 679 individuals being convicted for their part in tax crimes, with sentences for 2016 totalling more than 730 years.
Many of the cases won by HMRC in 2016 involved company directors, accountants and organised criminals. These individuals were involved in a wide range of criminal activity including excise smuggling, hiding assets from HMRC in offshore accounts, and frauds disguised as tax avoidance schemes.
The ten most significant cases each came with large prison sentences.