Six East Yorkshire men arrested in connection with £78m landfill tax fraud

Published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 by KCFM

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The 18 month investigation saw 14 men arrested in total on suspicion of tax fraud.

Fourteen people have been arrested across the North East and Yorkshire as part of an investigation into a suspected £78 million landfill tax fraud.

Six of those were men, all in their 20’s or 40’s, from East Yorkshire.

Around 180 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), supported by the Environment Agency and local police forces, searched six commercial and eight residential addresses in Gateshead, Washington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Leeds and Hull early this morning.

Simon York, Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Today’s activities are the culmination of 18 months’ painstaking investigation into the suspected systematic abuse of the landfill tax system.

“We believe that over £78 million revenue may be involved, money which could be used to fund some of the UK’s most vital public services.

“No one is above paying their fair and legal share of tax, as the rest of us do, and we are closing in on those who try to cheat the system. HMRC, working with our law enforcement partners, will do everything within our power to catch those involved in tax fraud of any kind, and will push for the strongest punishments through the court.

“Anyone with information about suspected landfill tax fraud or other types of fraud can call the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said:

“The Environment Agency is supporting HMRC in a major operation at locations across Yorkshire and the North East.

“We are working closely with our partner organisations to help stamp out landfill tax evasion.”

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Published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 by KCFM

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