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New Instructions for LNL Fraud & Criminal Defence Lawyers

suit-in-handcuffsSiobhain Egan is instructed in three new matters:

  • A senior City professional facing high profile FCA / criminal proceedings.
  • A £multimillion VAT investigation.
  • A London-wide money transfer / Bureau de Change business facing investigation by the Metropolitan Police for money laundering. She is also advising on ICO and AML issues that have arisen.

Jeffrey Lewis is instructed in a large-scale insurance fraud allegation.

Keith Wood is advising and representing in two HMRC company tax investigations.

Tony Meisels has been instructed to represent a professional man facing historic abuse allegations.

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New Fraud Instructions This Week

  1. fraudMiles Herman is instructed to defend a large scale VAT fraud.

  2. Jeffrey Lewis has been instructed to:
    1. Defend an FCA winding up UCIS scheme;
    2. Defend a UCIS prosecution.

  3. Giovanni Lombardo is instructed in a £20 million fraud.
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New Instructions for LNL Tax, Fraud & Criminal Lawyers This Week

  • Multi-handed VAT fraud (Paul Mason dealing)
  • Fraud on a major high street bank (Jeffrey Lewis and Siobhain Egan dealing)
  • Tax fraud (Jeffrey Lewis dealing)
  • Class A drugs trafficking prosecution at Manchester Crown Court (Siobhain Egan dealing)
  • Factoring fraud on the NHS and a high street bank (Siobhain Egan dealing)
  • Large scale Proceeds of Crime prosecution by the NCA (Miles Herman dealing)
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Stockport Man Jailed for VAT Export Fraud

In another case concerning VAT repayment fraud, a Stockport man was last week sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment, in his absence. He had been convicted of committing an £800,000 fraud by submitting over 350 false invoices linked to fictitious exports to Pakistan.

According to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Mohammad Tanwir Khan's business records were checked by investigators after anomalies with invoices for his import / export company were discovered during a VAT inspection in 2010.

Khan was charged with VAT fraud of over £817,000. In Manchester Crown Court seven years of fake invoicing was provided as evidence – including 389 false invoices submitted to HMRC between 2006 and 2011. HMRC investigators also discovered over 1,700 suspect documents on Khan’s computer, plus hundreds of blank invoices in his home office and garage.

Khan was the sole director of Spearpoint Limited, which claimed to regularly supply mechanical parts to clients, including the Pakistan Navy. He sourced equipment from the UK and Europe and then exported them to clients in Pakistan. To justify the VAT repayments he falsified freight invoices from several defunct, bogus and genuine suppliers.

According to HMRC, some invoices were crudely amended with correcting fluid while others were photocopied or produced on home computer templates. Most of the consignments did not exist or were for much smaller parts. 

Khan was found guilty on 3 May 2013 and was due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 17 June 2013, but failed to attend. The court issued a bench warrant for his immediate arrest and he was added to HMRC’s “most wanted” list of tax criminals on 9 August.

Khan now faces a confiscation hearing.

Contact Lewis Nedas’ Criminal Lawyers in London

If you have been charged with VAT fraud and require specialist legal advice please contact our solicitors Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032 or complete our online enquiry form here.

This blog post is intended as a news item only - no connection between Lewis Nedas and the parties concerned is intended or implied.

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Jail for anti-snoring VAT fraudster

A pensioner from Leeds who set up more than 26 fictitious companies to supposedly sell anti-snoring devices was jailed earlier this month for VAT fraud.

According to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), over the course of four years, 68-year-old Anthony Van Jeffery Newton made over 100 false claims for VAT refunds. He used the money to fund a lavish lifestyle, including taking expensive holidays and maintaining a luxury apartment in one of Spain’s most sought after golf resorts.

Newton was caught after HMRC officers found that a significant number of his company registrations were linked to the same product - an anti-snoring device called “The Snorestopper”.

Officers discovered that all of Newton’s businesses were bogus and had been set up solely to steal tax. He had registered company names to mailbox addresses in Wakefield, London and Leeds, but was living at his luxury apartment in Marbella.

When HMRC challenged Newton he supplied a range of invoices and receipts showing thousands of pounds of business purchases and expenditure. However, officers discovered that these documents were not only false but that Newton had hijacked the identities of innocent people, using them to set up fraudulent companies.

Newton fraudulently received around £147,000 in VAT refunds and attempted to claim a further £143,000. He was arrested at his home in Leeds in April 2012 and was later charged with cheating the Public Revenue, contrary to common law.

He has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and was disqualified as a company director for six years.

For legal advice from our solicitors in London regarding VAT fraud and defending yourself from VAT fraud prosecutions or investigations, please contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan on 020 7387 2032.

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