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Five sentenced for 'extraordinary' attack on public purse

25/03/2013

Sue Patten, Head of Fraud at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an extraordinary scheme created to attack the public purse. The defendants put in claims on a ghost film called 'Landscape of Lives' with the sole intention of criminally exploiting a tax relief system designed to support the UK film industry. The group had lied to the authorities by claiming the film had a budget of nearly £20 million in order to claim as much tax relief as possible.

"Following their arrest, they produced a different film aptly named 'Landscape of Lies' on a budget of less than £90,000 in an attempt to pretend the film claimed for really did exist.

"The defendants had big plans and succeeded in cheating the public purse out of nearly £1 million and had it not been for the actions of HMRC, that figure could have been three times as large.

"Tax evasion costs this country £14 billion a year; the equivalent of £769 for every family. It is more important than ever that we bring criminals behind this type of complex scheme to justice."

Background:
  1. Bashar Al-Issa was convicted on 12 March 2013 of two counts of conspiracy to cheating the public revenue and sentenced to six years and six months.
  2. Aoife Madden pleaded guilty and was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and sentenced to four years and eight months.
  3. Tariq Hassan was convicted on 12 March 2013 of one count of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and sentenced to four years.
  4. Ian Sherwood was convicted on 12 March 2013 of one count of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and sentenced to three years and six months.
  5. Osama Al Baghdady was convicted on 12 March 2013 of one count of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and sentenced to four years.

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