Smugglers, potential arms dealers and globe-trotting tax fugitives all feature in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Top Ten criminal cases of 2018. The list once again demonstrates HMRC’s relentless pursuit of tax criminals and shows the lengths some individuals will go to in order to steal money otherwise destined to support important public services.
The 2018 list also highlights the sheer diversity of crimes HMRC deals with, including the theft of Gift Aid money from charities, smuggling illicit tobacco in fridge freezers, breaching Weapons of Mass Destruction controls and buying top-end sports cars with the proceeds of crime.
From high-flying business people to tax consultants and from church leaders to organised criminals, HMRC’s fraud investigations have led to 671 individuals being convicted across the last 12 months for their part in tax crimes.
In addition, HMRC has charged another 919 individuals and taken on 746 new criminal investigations.