Four arrested in Eastbourne after tax fraud clampdown


A crackdown on tax fraud launched yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), saw four people arrested in Eastbourne.

Two men, aged 40 and 26, were arrested alongside two women, aged 32 and 29.

They were four of 12 people arrested yesterday, in a UK-wide clampdown.

The new taskforce targets individuals and organised criminal gangs across the UK believed to have fraudulently claimed repayments to which they were not entitled. The taskforce is expected to recover up to £6 million.

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, director general of enforcement and compliance, said, “Tax fraud is serious – it’s not a victimless crime. People who fraudulently claim a tax repayment are robbing the rest of us and denying money for vital public services. Not only could they face a heavy fine, but criminal prosecution as well.”

HMRC has collected more than £290 million as a result of over 90 taskforces launched since 2011.

Taskforces are specialist teams that undertake intensive bursts of activity in specific high-risk trade sectors and locations in the UK where there is evidence of tax evasion and fraud. The teams visit traders and individuals to examine their records and carry out a series of compliance checks.

If you know anyone who is evading their taxes, you can tell HMRC by calling the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.

Others arrested in yesterday’s crackdown include two men, aged 31 and 29 in Luton, Bedfordshire; a woman aged 36 arrested in Ilford, Essex; a woman aged 24 arrested in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire; a man aged 29 arrested in Maidstone, Kent; a man aged 28 arrested in Forest Gate, London; a man aged 42 arrested in Dundee; and a man aged 41 arrested in Perth.

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