VAT and Duty Fraud

We provide expert legal defence advice and defence representation, throughout the country, to those suspected of, or charged with, offences involving VAT fraud, including Carousel fraud, otherwise known as Missing Trader Intra Community Fraud (MTIC Fraud).

VAT fraud and Carousel fraud frequently involve very complex intra company trading arrangements between UK and European Union based companies, involving goods, such as computer chips and mobile phones. Such frauds are often referred to as computer chip frauds or mobile phone frauds with a carousel of companies involved – hence carousel fraud.

Enquiries by HM Revenue and Customs and other investigative bodies into Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are frequently lengthy and wide-ranging involving the activities of many companies and individuals. Prosecutions for Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are long and complex and require expert legal defence representation. Conviction frequently results in substantial sentences of imprisonment and orders for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Obtaining expert defence solicitors at an early stage is vital. Public funding (Legal Aid) may be available for legal defence representation in Carousel fraud and VAT fraud cases.

This firm is frequently asked to assist clients who have already, during the course of an investigation or Court proceedings, instructed Solicitors. We are used to dealing with such enquiries and advising as to the transfer of a case from previous Solicitors to this practice. It is important to those the subject of an investigation or prosecution, that they are confident in the Solicitors that they instruct and that they consider those that act for them are doing everything they possibly can to assist.

We offer free initial legal advice, either over the phone, via e-mail or face to face if required. Please contact us using the Contact Us link or direct to any of our team. Our initial advice is free. You can also contact us via e-mail, text message or by telephoning the FREEPHONE number 0800 458 3959.

MTIC or Carousel Fraud

We provide expert legal defence advice and defence representation, throughout the country, to those suspected of, or charged with, offences involving VAT fraud, including Carousel fraud, otherwise known as Missing Trader Intra Community Fraud (MTIC Fraud).

Carousel fraud and VAT fraud frequently involve very complex intra company trading arrangements between UK and European Union based companies, involving goods, such as computer chips and mobile phones. Such frauds are often referred to as computer chip frauds or mobile phone frauds with a carousel of companies involved – hence carousel fraud.

Enquiries by HM Revenue and Customs and other investigative bodies into Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are frequently lengthy and wide-ranging involving the activities of many companies and individuals. Prosecutions for Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are long and complex and require expert legal defence representation. Conviction frequently results in substantial sentences of imprisonment and orders for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Diversion Fraud

The firm has considerable experience of representation in diversion fraud cases involving wines, spirits, beers, cigarettes and other goods in relation to both inward and outward diversion fraud relating to dutiable goods. Such prosecutions, brought by HMR&C, are detailed and complex, often involving lengthy investigations and prosecutions including applications under POCA.

Diversion fraud enquiries may involve the owners of the goods, their professional agents, the operators of storage facilities, including bonded warehouses, and hauliers and their drivers involved in the movement of goods.

Revenue & Tax Fraud

We provide expert legal defence advice and defence representation, throughout the country, to those suspected of, or charged with, offences involving VAT fraud, including Carousel fraud, otherwise known as Missing Trader Intra Community Fraud (MTIC Fraud).

VAT fraud and Carousel fraud frequently involve very complex intra company trading arrangements between UK and European Union based companies, involving goods, such as computer chips and mobile phones. Such frauds are often referred to as computer chip frauds or mobile phone frauds with a carousel of companies involved – hence carousel fraud.

Enquiries by HM Revenue and Customs and other investigative bodies into Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are frequently lengthy and wide-ranging involving the activities of many companies and individuals. Prosecutions for Carousel fraud and VAT fraud are long and complex and require expert legal defence representation. Conviction frequently results in substantial sentences of imprisonment and orders for confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

 

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Charles Worthington
Director, VHCC & Civil Dept Supervisor
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