One million cigarettes sezied in suspected £500k tobacco fraud

CUSTOMS officers have charged a man after one million illicit cigarettes were seized.

Wednesday, 28th March 2018, 2:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th March 2018, 2:58 pm
Rosyth Dockyard in Fife. Picture: Jane Barlow

HM Revenue and Customs have charged the man as part of an ongoing investigation into a suspected £500,000 tobacco fraud.

A HMRC spokesperson said: “Border Force intercepted and searched a trailer, which arrived at Port of Rosyth on Tuesday 20 March 2018, from Belgium.

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“Illicit cigarettes were discovered and the case was referred to HMRC for investigation.

“Around one million cigarettes have been seized, with an estimated duty loss of £500,000. The trailer has been seized and a 48-year-old Polish man has been arrested and charged with the evasion of excise duty. Enquiries are on-going.

“The Polish national has been denied entry to the united Kingdom and will be returned to the country he travelled from.”

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