Ten new mug-shots of Britain’s Most Wanted tax fugitives have been published to help track down fraudsters fleeing from justice, Chancellor George Osborne announced today.
The new information has been published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) one year after it issued 20 images of tax fraudsters who are on the run for the first time. Those images were viewed over 1.5 million times by the public. Vital intelligence was received on the current whereabouts of over 75 per cent of the criminals. This has helped HMRC to confirm the location of many of the individuals and led to the successful recapture of two high profile fugitives – John Nugent and Anthony Judge. Foreign tax authorities have also offered help.
Building on this success, HMRC is publishing further pictures – and updating the information for the existing 20 – to allow the public to assist us in bringing these people to justice.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:
“Our message is clear; tax fraud and evasion is illegal and absolutely unacceptable. The Government has invested hundreds of millions of pounds in HMRC’s enforcement activities to enable them to pursue tax cheats like these relentlessly.
“We hope that the publication of HMRC’s Most Wanted will help get them caught and ensure they are brought to justice.”
HMRC’s updated Most Wanted, including updated profiles and new additions to the list of fugitives, can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hmrcgovuk/sets/72157631087785530/
People can report leads on the Most Wanted fugitives via HMRC’s Customs, Excise and VAT fraud reporting hotline on 0800 595 000, by email here or post here, or through the Crimestoppers website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
HMRC have also launched a tax fugitive map today, showing where in the world the fraudsters are believed to be. This can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hmrcgovuk/map