'Hijacked' Company IDs Used To Steal £12.8M In Tax, Jury Told

Law360, London (October 8, 2019, 6:15 PM BST) -- Prosecutors at the opening of a fraud trial in London on Tuesday accused six people of conspiring to cheat Britain’s tax authority out of £12.8 million ($15.6 million) by commandeering the tax registration numbers for legitimate companies.

The men face charges of conspiring to cheat the public revenue out of value-added tax, or VAT, on goods or services between January 2014 and June 2017 by dishonestly submitting false tax returns and supporting documents to HM Revenue & Customs for companies under their control.

“[The case] is about a sophisticated VAT fraud committed against HMRC using companies under the control of five of...

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