Just one of many Muslim scams being used to defraud the government and other businesses that indirectly the hardworking public ends up picking the bill up for. Mohammad Tanwir Khan managed to scam £850,000 over 7 years before getting caught. Like so many Muslim criminals who are given bail despite the seriousness of their crimes. He did a disapearing act before sentencing. No doubt he will be back in Pakistan now living like a king off his ill gotten gains and laughing his head off.
Man sentenced over £800,000 VAT fraud
1:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in NewsBy Asian Image reporter
A Stockport man who committed an £800,000 VAT repayment fraud by submitting over 350 false invoices was sentenced in absence today to three and half years jail at Manchester Crown Court.
Mohammad Tanwir Khan, aged 58, who featured on the HM Revenue and Customs ‘Most Wanted’ list two weeks ago, went on the run in May this year following his conviction for VAT fraud. A bench warrant for his arrest was issued in June 2013.
Khan of Bluestone Drive, Heaton Moor, had his business records scrutinised by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators after anomalies with invoices for his import / export company were discovered during a VAT inspection in 2010.
Sandra Smith, Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “HMRC officers identified suspicious trading by Khan’s company, Spearpoint Limited, when his paperwork did not match the true level of exports.
“During interviews he couldn’t justify or prove his business claims. He had been living off stolen VAT repayments for a number of years, using faked paperwork to fraudulently reclaim on average over £100,000 per year.
“Tax fraud and attempts to launder the proceeds of crime are treated extremely seriously by HMRC, and we will relentlessly pursue any individuals or crime gangs believed to be involved”.
Khan was charged with VAT fraud of over £817,000. In Manchester Crown Court seven years of fake invoicing was provided as evidence – including 389 false invoices submitted to HMRC between 2006 and 2011.
HMRC investigators discovered over 1,700 suspect documents on Khan’s computer, plus hundreds of blank invoices in his home office and garage in readiness for further fraud attempts.
Khan was the sole director of Spearpoint Limited, which claimed to regularly supply mechanical parts to clients, including the Pakistan Navy.
He sourced equipment from the UK and Europe and then exported them to clients in Pakistan. To justify the VAT repayments he falsified freight invoices from several defunct, bogus and genuine suppliers.
Some invoices were crudely amended with correcting fluid while others were photocopied or produced on home computer templates.
Most of the consignments did not exist or were for much smaller parts. He even altered and increased the weight of consignments on freight paperwork to give the impression of much larger consignments.
HMRC officers searched Khan’s home and arrested him in May 2011.
A detailed investigation followed and it became clear that he was vastly overstating the scale and cost of his company’s trading.
Khan now faces a confiscation hearing over his criminal profits.
He is still being hunted for his crimes. People can report leads on the Most Wanted fugitives via HMRC’s Customs, Excise and VAT fraud reporting hotline on 0800 595 000.