8 arrested in fuel fraud
8 men have been arrested and 55,000
litres of fuel seized, as part of an ongoing investigation by HM Revenue and
Customs (HMRC) into a suspected fuel smuggling fraud worth an estimated £3
million in evaded Tax.
HMRC officers searched 1 business and 4 domestic addresses in Knowsley,
Liverpool, Manchester and St Helens. Simultaneously, in Northern Ireland HMRC and
Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland carried out
searches of 6 domestic addresses in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down.
Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:-
"Fuel fraud costs millions of pounds in lost duty every year, meaning
the public lose out on vital funds for essential services, and it creates an
uneven playing field for honest businesses. We will continue to work with
our partners to tackle this fraud and ask anyone with information about this
type of activity to contact the Customs' Hotline on:- 0800 59 5000."
Storage tanks, equipment, 55,000 litres of fuel, a quantity of cash,
computers, business records, a lorry and a trailer were seized during the
operation. 7 men have been released on bail and investigations continue.