10 UK arrests in carousel fraud crackdown

Arrests have been made in an investigation into a multi-million pound
carousel fraud ring.

An 18-month investigation led to 10 arrests, known as Operation Varlet,
during a dawn raid by HMRC officers.

Those arrested were suspected of being part of a ring fraudulently trading in
mobile phones, buying them VAT-free from the continent then defaulting without
paying VAT owed to HMRC.

The arrests were made in Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Slough, Maidenhead,
Uxbridge, Rickmansworth, Bushey and Hanworth.

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