HMRC may overturn tax fraud convictions

HMRC may overturn tax fraud convictions

Some convictions from the 1990s could be unsafe Customs admits

Scores of tax fraudsters are having their cases reviewed as their convictions
could be unsafe, it has emerged.

Customs has had high-profile problems with prosecutions in recent years,
particularly relating to the London City Bond case.

The director of the HM Revenue & Customs Prosecution Office, David Green,
is quoted in the FT today saying that some 1990s convictions might be
overturned.

Green referred to a series of cases involving heroin imports from Pakistan in
which Customs had depended on informants based in Pakistan. ‘The essential
problem was that there was a lack of disclosure about the relationship between
Customs investigators and the informants in Pakistan,’ Green is reported as
saying.

The appeals in the cases were turned down, but there might be other cases
where such appeals were not turned down, Green indicated.

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