A 61-year-old forger has been sentenced to jail after being found guilty of a £180,000 tax fraud to pay back money he made through a counterfeit cash scheme. The forger received a 27-month jail sentence after appearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court and pleading guilty to both VAT fraud and money laundering.
A tax investigation carried out by HMRC found that the fraudster was using a combination of fake passports and driving licences to create companies and bank accounts for the sole purpose of making fraudulent VAT repayment claims. This activity saw him launder £75,000 of the money he made, with a further £96,000 being used to pay a confiscation order he received after previously serving almost 6 years in prison for producing fake banknotes.
An official from HMRC who first decided to investigate the case recognised the individual from a picture in a newspaper article from the time of his earlier court appearance leading to a full search of his £1 million property. The search carried out by a team from HMRC uncovered more than 24 mobile phones, laptops, memory cards and false passports, all of which were seized.
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