HMRC's most-wanted 'tax dodgers'

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The HMRC has published a list of the 20 most wanted alleged tax dodgers

Yehuda Cohen.

For a number of years Yehuda Cohen ran two companies with the intention to defraud HMRC by committing VAT fraud worth approximately £800,000. In March 2011 Cohen was arrested at London Heathrow and later bailed but failed to return to court and is still on the run. He is believed to be in Israel.

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Timur Mehmet

Timur Mehmet is wanted for his role in a large-scale VAT fraud worth about £25 million. Mehmet absconded pre-trial in January 2008, but was found guilty in absence and sentenced to eight years. Mehmet is believed to be in Cyprus.

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Emma Elizabeth Tazey

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. Tazey is believed to be in the US.

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Gordon Arthur

Arthur is wanted in connection with a £15 million tobacco and alcohol fraud. In February 2000 Gordon Arthur broke his bail conditions and absconded; a warrant for his arrest was issued in June 2002. Arthur is believed to be in the US.

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Sahil Jain

Jain was arrested in connection with VAT fraud of about £328,000. He failed to appear at the Central Criminal Court and a warrant was issued for his arrest on 8 June 2012. Jain is believed to be in the UK.

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Rory Martin McGann

Rory McGann is wanted for VAT offences amounting to over £902,000. McGann was arrested in Ireland and appeared in court in November 2008. He received bail to reappear in December 2009 and never returned. McGann is believed to be in Ireland.

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Olutayo Owolabi

Olutayo Owolabi is still at large for 27 offences relating to tax credits and money laundering worth up to £1 million. In January 2010 Owalabi was convicted in absence and sentenced to nine months. Owolabi is believed to be in the UK.

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Malcolm McGregor McGowan

Between November 1999 and March 2000, Malcolm McGowan was involved in illegally importing more than 56,000 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. He was last believed to have been seen in Spain.

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Leigang Liang

In October 2010 HMRC and UKBA worked together to intercept 650 kilos of harmful counterfeit tobacco, 300,000 cigarettes and five tonnes of hand rolling tobacco imported illegally from China. Leigang Liang was the key player in this operation and his gang was arrested, tried and unanimously found guilty. Liang fled the court before the jury found him guilty. He was sentenced in absence to seven years and is still believed to be in the UK.

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Mohamed Sami Kaak

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 and is believed to be in Tunisia.

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John Nugent

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.

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Vladimir Jeriomin

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. Jeriomin is thought to be in either Russia or Lithuania.

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Wayne Joseph Hardy

Wayne Hardy and others conspired to cheat the public purse through tax fraud on tobacco products. Hardy assisted in sourcing a tobacco manufacturing and rolling machine and smuggling almost 16 tones of raw leaf tobacco into the UK. Hardy absconded before trail but was found guilty in absence and received a three-year sentence in October 2011. He is believed to be in South Africa.

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Dimitri Gaskov

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 and is believed to be in Estonia.

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Hussain Asad Chohan

Smuggler and fraudster Hussain Chohan is wanted after failing to appear in court for his part in an estimated £200 million fraud. Among other offences, Chohan imported 2.25 tonnes of tobacco worth £750,000 in duty alone. Chohan was tried in absence and found guilty. He received a total of 11 years in prison for smuggling and fraud offences and failing to appear in court. Along with his sentence Chohan has also been served with a £33 million confiscation order. It is thought Chohan is in Dubai.

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Zafar Baidar Chisthi

Zafar Chisthi is wanted for his part in a large scale VAT fraud worth around £150 million. Chisthi failed to appear in court after being released on bail and was tried in absence and found guilty. He was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud the public purse and one year for perverting the course of justice. Chisthi is believed to be in Pakistan.

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Cesare Selvini

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; it is thought Selvini is in Switzerland.

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Nasser Ahmed

Nasser Ahmed is wanted for his role in a large scale VAT fraud in the region of £156 million. Ahmed fled from court prior to verdict in February 2005. He was sentenced to six years in his absence in March 2005 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Ahmed is believed to be in either Dubai or Pakistan.

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Adam Umerji aka Shafiq Patel

Adam Umerji is a wanted fraudster who stole an estimated £64 million from the UK tax payer. Umerji was tried in absence where he received a 12 year sentence for VAT fraud and five years for money laundering offences. Umerji is suspected of being in Dubai.

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Darsim Abdullah

Darsim Abdullah was part of a 12 man crime group that laundered between £1 million and £4 million 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 and is thought to be in Iraq.