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Top 20 most wanted tax cheats revealed
The amount of tax these 20 alone are said to have
avoided would pay the salaries of 25,000 nurses for a
year




These are the nation’s most wanted tax dodgers – who have stolen more than
£700million from hard-up Brits.

They are named and shamed today as part of a major Government crackdown.

Snapshots of the 20 fugitives have been put online in the hope of getting
information from the public to bring them to justice.

The men – and one woman – are accused of fleeing the UK while owing the
hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes.

Many jumped bail or escaped during trial and were convicted in their absence.
Their cases involve VAT fraud, unpaid duty on cigarettes and alcohol, smuggling,
benefit theft and money laundering.

The 20 names and pictures of the culprits – now in hiding all over the world – are
today published on a website in an unprecedented move by Her Majesty’s Revenue
and Customs.

                                    Name: Hussain Asad Chohan
                                    Region: West Midlands Believed
                                    to be: Dubai Estimated cost to
                                    taxpayer: £200million Bio:
                                    Smuggler and fraudster,
                                    Chohan, is wanted after failing
                                    to appear in court over a
                                    £200million fraud. Chohan also
                                    imported 2.25 tonnes of
                                    tobacco worth £750,000 in duty
                                    alone. Tried in absence and
                                    found guilty and sentenced to
                                    11 years.
                                    Name: Nasser Ahmed
                                    Region: South West Believed to
                                    be: Dubai/ Pakistan Estimated
                                    cost to taxpayer: £156million
                                    Bio: Wanted for his role in a
                                    £156million VAT fraud. Fled
                                    from court prior to verdict in
                                    February 2005. Sentenced to six
                                    years in his absence and a
                                    warrant was issued for his
                                    arrest. Court heard he stashed
                                    £52,000 in cash under his bed
                                    for emergencies.
Name: Zafar Baidar Chisthi
Region: Greater London Believed
to be: Pakistan Estimated cost to
taxpayer: £150million Bio: Wanted
for his part in a £150million VAT
fraud. Failed to appear in court
after being released on bail and
found guilty in his absence.
Sentenced to 11 years
imprisonment for fraud and a year
for perverting justice.




 Name: Adam Umerji aka Shafiq
 Patel
 Region: North West Believed to
 be: Dubai Estimated cost to
 taxpayer: £64million Bio: Wanted
 fraudster who stole an estimated
 £64million from the UK tax
 payer. Umerji was tried in his
 absence and received a 12-year
 prison sentence for VAT fraud
 and another five years for money
 laundering offences.
     Name: Timur Mehmet
     Region: London Court where
     warrant was issued:
     Northampton Crown Court
     Country believed to be in:
     Cyprus Estimated cost to
     taxpayer: £25 million Bio:
     Wanted for his role in a large
     scale VAT fraud worth around
     £25 million. The vast profits
     were shared and invested in
     cars, property and a third of
     a tonne of gold bullion.
     Mehmet absconded pre-trial
     in January 2008, but was
     found guilty in absence and
     sentenced to eight years.




Name: Darsim Abdullah
Region: London Believed to be:
Iraq Estimated cost to taxpayer:
£24million Bio: Part of a 12-man
crime group that laundered
between £1million and £4million
a month from the proceeds of
crime. Eleven members of the
group either were found or
pleaded guilty to the offence
but Darsim absconded before
sentencing.
                                 Name: John Nugent
                                 Region: North West Court where
                                 warrant was issued: Manchester
                                 Crown Court Country believed to
                                 be in: USA Estimated cost to
                                 taxpayer: £22 million Bio: John
                                 Nugent fraudulently claimed more
                                 than £22 million in duty and VAT
                                 reclaims. Nugent was arrested and
                                 bailed, but he failed to appear in
                                 court and fled abroad. He is
                                 suspected to be in the US.




                                  Name: Malcolm McGregor
                                  McGowan Region:
                                  Midlands/Scotland Court where
                                  warrant was issued: Sheffield Crown
                                  Court Country believed to be in: Spain
                                  Estimated cost to taxpayer: £16
                                  million Bio: Between November 1999
                                  and March 2000, Malcolm McGowan
                                  was involved in illegally importing 56.6
                                  thousand cigarettes, which in today’s
                                  market has a street value of more
                                  than £16 million. Malcolm and others
                                  went on trail in September 2001 where
                                  he pleaded not guilty, but before the
                                  trial ended McGowan fled abroad. In
                                  December 2011 McGowan was found
                                  guilty of all charges and sentenced to
four years imprisonment. McGowan was seized under a European arrest
warrant in Valencia, the Mediterranean port city, by officers from the
paramilitary Civil Guard. He was bailed by Spanish police and vanished
again before British authorities were able to detain him.
                                  Name: Emma Elizabeth Tazey
                                  Region: North West Court where
                                  warrant was issued: Maidstone Crown
                                  Court Country believed to be in: USA
                                  Estimated cost to taxpayer: £15
                                  million Bio: Tazey is wanted in
                                  connection with Gordon Arthur,
                                  another on the Most Wanted list. In
                                  March 1999 UK Customs detected 7
                                  million illegally imported cigarettes
                                  with a duty and VAT value £1.16
                                  million. A further 21 seizures of
                                  alcohol and tobacco were identified
                                  which can be attributed to Arthur
                                  with a duty value exceeding £5.5
                                  million and a revenue loss nearer £15
                                  million. In February 2000 Tazey broke
her bail conditions and absconded; a warrant for her arrest was issued.

                                  Name: Gordon Arthur
                                  Region: North West Believed to
                                  be: USA Estimated cost to
                                  taxpayer: £15million Bio: Seven
                                  million illegally imported
                                  cigarettes with a duty and VAT
                                  value over £1.1million and
                                  further 21 seizures of alcohol and
                                  tobacco are attributed to Arthur
                                  with a revenue loss nearer
                                  £15million. In February 2000 he
                                  absconded. Warrant issued in
                                  June 2002.
Name: Vladimir Jeriomin
Region: North West Court where
warrant was issued: Liverpool Crown
Court Country believed to be in:
Russia / Lithuania Estimated cost to
taxpayer: £4.8 million Bio: Jeriomin
was a member of an organised
crime group that defrauded the
public purse by making fraudulent
claims for Income Tax Self
Assessment repayments. The
estimated loss of public money is
thought to be £2 million. A warrant
was issued for the arrest of Jeriomin
after he failed to surrender.




Name: Leigang Liang
Region: South Believed to
be: UK Estimated cost to
taxpayer: £2.6million Bio: In
October 2010 HMRC and
UKBA intercepted 650 kilos
of harmful counterfeit
tobacco, 300,000 cigarettes
and 5 tonnes of tobacco
imported from China. His
gang was found guilty but
Liang fled. He was sentenced
in absence to seven years.
Name: Wayne Hardy
Region: Midlands Believed to
be: South Africa Estimated cost
to taxpayer: £1.9million Bio:
He and others conspired to
commit tobacco tax fraud,
assisted finding manufacturing
gear and smuggling 16 tonnes
of tobacco. Absconded but
found guilty in absence and
received three-year sentence in
October 2011.




Name: Olutayo Owolabi
Region: London Believed to be:
UK Estimated cost to taxpayer:
£1million Bio: Still at large for
27 offences relating to tax
credits and money laundering.
In January 2010 he was
convicted in absence and
sentenced to nine months.
Claimed he was too sick to
attend trial after contracting
malaria during trip home to
Nigeria and disappeared.
Name: Rory Martin McGann
Region: Northern Ireland/
EIRE Court where warrant was
issued: Belfast Crown Court
Country believed to be in:
Ireland Estimated cost to
taxpayer: £902,000 Bio: Rory
McGann is wanted for VAT
offences amounting to over
£902,000. McGann was
arrested in the Ireland and
appeared in court in
November 2008. He received
bail to reappear in December
2009 and never returned.


Name: Mohamed Sami Kaak
Region: London Court where warrant
was issued: Isleworth Crown Court
Country believed to be in: Tunisia
Estimated cost to taxpayer: £822,000
Bio: Between March 2005 and
September 2006, Mohamed Sami Kaak
smuggled nearly 4 million cigarettes
into the UK evading an estimated
£822,000 in duty. Kaak was arrested
and charged with 12 counts of
conspiracy to fraudulently evade
Customs duty. He failed to appear in
court in June 2008 so a warrant was
raised for his arrest. Kaak was tried
in absence where he received a four
year sentence.
Name: Yehuda Cohen
Region: London Court where
warrant was issued: Central
Criminal Court (Old Bailey) Country
believed to be in: Israel Estimated
cost to taxpayer: £800k Bio: For a
number of years Yehuda Cohen ran
two companies with the intention
to defraud HMRC by committing
VAT fraud worth approximately
£800k. In March 2011 Cohen was
arrested at London Heathrow and
later bailed but failed to return to
court and is still on the run.

Name: Cesare Selvini
Region: Non UK Court where
warrant was issued: Dover
Magistrates Court Country
believed to be in: Switzerland
Estimated cost to taxpayer:
£600,000 Bio: Cesare Selvini is
wanted for concealing and
smuggling platinum bars,
thought to be worth around
£600,000. Selvini failed to
appear in court in June 2005 so
a warrant was issued for his
arrest.
 Name: Sahil Jain
 Region: London Court where
 warrant was issued: Central
 Criminal Court (Old Bailey)
 Country believed to be in:
 UK Estimated cost to
 taxpayer: £328,000 Bio: Jain
 was arrested in connection
 to VAT Fraud of around
 £328,000. He failed to
 appear at the Central
 Criminal Court and a
 warrant was issued for his
 arrest on 8 June 2012.


Name: Dimitri Gaskov
Region: Non UK Court where
warrant was issued: Ipswich
Crown Court Country believed
to be in: Estonia Estimated
cost to taxpayer: £197,000
Bio: Gaskov was part of a
gang which concealed and
smuggled an estimated three
million cigarettes into the UK
using desk top computers.
After a long investigation
Gaskov fled before the trial.
Tory Exchequer Secretary David Gauke, who has previously
slammed ordinary families for avoiding tax by paying workmen
in cash, vowed the Government would not rest until all tax
fugitives were captured.

He said: “These criminals have collectively cost the taxpayer
over £765million and HMRC will pursue them relentlessly.
“We hope publishing their pictures in this way will enable
members of the public to contribute to the effort to catch
them.”
But Labour MPs also demanded the Tories take a similar stance
with big businesses accused of not paying their fair share
The Government believes the alleged fraudsters have fled to
countries including the US, Dubai, Iraq, South Africa, Russia and
Pakistan.
The amount of tax these 20 alone are said to have avoided
would pay the salaries of 25,000 nurses for a year or build three
new hospitals.
Among them are Hussain Chohan, 44, convicted at Birmingham
crown court for his role in a massive tobacco-import fraud and
believed to owe £200million.
Another, Nasser Ahmed is wanted for his role in a £156million
VAT fraud after fleeing from a Bristol crown court case.
And Zafar Chisthi, 33, is wanted in London over a VAT fraud of
around £150million.
Tax evasion and fraud costs the nation about £10 billion a year,
according to official estimates.
The Government yesterday said it was “committed to cracking
down on those who try to dodge their responsibility to pay tax”.
A spokesman added that the Coalition had invested more than
£900million in HMRC to help track dodgers down and raise an
additional £7billion each year in tax revenue.
Tax has become a hot political topic in the recession – as
ordinary families paying their dues feel the squeeze of rising
bills and stagnant wages.
PM David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne have both
described tax avoidance as “morally repugnant”.
But their remarks were leapt upon by campaigners who said the
Tories were doing nothing to stop giant multinational companies
paying a pittance to the Treasury despite huge profits.
Google is now facing a grilling by MPs over its tax affairs after it
emerged it paid only £6million to the Exchequer on UK revenues
of £395million.
John Mann, a Labour member of the House of Commons
Treasury Select Committee, declared it was “entirely improper
and immoral” that the internet search giant should be paying so
little.
He plans to call the company’s executives to account before the
committee.
Google’s British operation is run as an agent of its Irish
subsidiary, meaning it only pays tax on 10% of its earnings.
The rest of the money is channelled via another subsidiary
registered in Bermuda, avoiding tax.
A spokesperson for Google said: "We make a substantial
contribution to the UK economy through local, payroll and
corporate taxes. We also employ over a thousand people, help
hundreds of thousands of businesses to grow online and invest
millions supporting new tech businesses in East London. We
comply with all the tax rules in the UK.”
Other big companies which have been put under the spotlight
over their tax arrangements include Vodafone, Amazon and
Topshop.
Today’s major crackdown on tax dodging comes as half a million
taxpayers will this week start receiving fines of at least £1,200
from the revenue.
The fines are for those who have not filed tax returns which
were due in January, and are in addition to £100 penalties
issued in February and March.
Labour MP Grahame Morris, who slammed the Government’s
failure to crack down on tax avoidance during Prime Minister’s
Questions, welcomed the move to name and shame the dodgers.
But he argued that now was the time to go after big business
avoiding huge sums as well.
He said: “Political and public pressure has been building on the
Treasury to pursue tax dodgers and ensure they pay their fair
share of taxes.
“The Government should immediately withdraw plans to make
ten thousand HMRC staff, many of whom work in tax
enforcement, redundant.
“A clear message must also go out from Government to
corporate interests including Amazon, Google and Vodafone
that avoiding UK tax liabilities is morally and politically
unacceptable.”

				
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Description: These are the nation’s most wanted tax dodgers – who have stolen more than £700million from hard-up Brits. They are named and shamed today as part of a major Government crackdown.