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Four sentenced over £5 million film industry tax fraud

22/07/2013

Anish Anand, Amit Kumar, Sanjeev Mirajkar and Afsana Karim have today been sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for cheating the public revenue of more than £5m.

Neena Jhawer, a specialist fraud lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This sophisticated fraud involved an attack on two separate elements of the tax system, VAT and film tax relief. More than 20 film industry companies were used to facilitate both elements of the fraud, many which were set up solely for that purpose. Over a period of four years, the defendants went to extraordinary lengths to establish an apparently legitimate front to what they were doing: producing false invoices, scripts for films, shooting schedules, crew and cast lists, detailed budgets, contracts with writers and producers, and rented offices complete with letter heads and business cards.

"Like all fraud, however, this case boiled down to two very simple notions; greed and dishonesty.

"Had this fraud not been detected by HM Revenue and Customs, it would have cost them nearly £7m. This was clearly a very significant attack on the public purse and on a system designed to support and promote the UK film industry.

"The case demonstrates that even the most sophisticated frauds will not go undetected and complexity is no barrier to justice. The CPS is committed to supporting HMRC's efforts to clamp down on those who cost the country billions in lost revenue."

Sentences:
  • Amit Kumar: 18 months
  • Sanjeev Mirajkar: 30 months
  • Anish Anand: 7 years and disqualification for seven years as a director
  • Afsana Karim: 12 months suspended sentence for 2 years and 100 hours of unpaid work

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