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Two brothers jailed for evading £6m of alcohol duty

25/10/2013

Brothers Inderjit and Amandeep Singh-Mangher have today (Friday 25 October) been sentenced to a total of six years and three months imprisonment for their roles in an alcohol duty fraud believed to have cost the public revenue more than £6.3m.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the two brothers conspired to create a black market business, trading in alcoholic drinks on which no duty or VAT was ever paid. They sold their alcohol stocks to local off-licenses and alcohol vendors, attempting to disguise their illegal activities by affixing all the spirits they traded with counterfeit duty labels.

In total, HMRC investigators uncovered evidence that Inderjit and Amandeep Singh-Mangher had sold or were intending to sell more than 4.7m litres of alcohol, including 4.2m litres of beer and cider, 250,000 litres of wine and 220,000 litres of spirits.

Each pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy to contravene section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

CPS specialist fraud prosecutor Adrian Dugdale said: "Between August 2009 and October 2010, Inderjit and Amadeep Singh-Mangher engaged in a conspiracy to deliberately defraud the public purse of more than £6m by escaping duty payments on millions of litres of alcohol.

"The Singh-Mangher brothers knew very well that duty was payable on the alcohol they were trading in, hence why they went to such considerable and devious lengths to disguise the fraud by producing counterfeit labels in order to try to dupe investigators into thinking that duty had been paid.  

"Alcohol duty fraud not only damages the legitimate UK alcohol industry but is also estimated to result in losses of up to £1.2bn to the UK taxpayer annually. This is a serious and costly crime, both to taxpayers and to legitimate local businesses and pubs. Those involved in schemes to evade alcohol duty should know that they risk prosecution.

"I would like to thank the HMRC investigators who worked tirelessly for many months to ensure we had the strongest possible evidence in this case. The fact that both defendants entered guilty pleas is a testimony to the strength of the case that the CPS and HMRC were able to build.

"The Crown will be seeking confiscation in this case."

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