Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 170,000 in Cash at Flaxcroft Road, Wythenshawe, Pounds 8M TAX SCAM GANG IS JAILED ; Four Fraudsters Locked Up for Construction Industry Swindle

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 170,000 in Cash at Flaxcroft Road, Wythenshawe, Pounds 8M TAX SCAM GANG IS JAILED ; Four Fraudsters Locked Up for Construction Industry Swindle

Article excerpt

FOUR tax fraudsters from Greater Manchester have been jailed for almost 30 years for their part in a sophisticated Pounds 8m swindle.

The men - from Bury, Bolton and Wythenshawe - were part of a 20- strong gang arrested by customs officials for tax offences and money laundering linked to the construction industry over two years.

Investigators unravelled a web of illegal activity involving more than 100 businesses - where subcontractors were paid 'off the books' and gang members pocketed income tax and national insurance due to be paid to HM Revenue and Customs.

Fake invoices, supposedly for providing labour, were also created to claim VAT refunds to which the fraudsters were not entitled.

HMRC investigators carried out raids at more than 40 homes and businesses in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands in September 2009.

They discovered computers, class A drugs and almost Pounds 170,000 in cash at 11 premises.

All 20 of the gang - 17 men and three women - have now been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court and details of the gang can be reported for the first time.

Anthony O'Neill, 40, of Slimbridge Close, Bolton, was found guilty of five counts of VAT fraud and conspiracy to launder money and jailed for eight years. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.