"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, September 27, 2008

VAT fraud - launder £6 Mn get 2 years

Missing Trader Fraud has at it's peak been costing the UK taxpapyer £400Mn a month,for several years. Yesterday the HMRC (who have had up to 1,500 staff on the case at a time) finally succeeded in jailing some of the active UK based participants.

At Worcester Crown Court yesterday as a result of the HMRC Operation "Shoot"

Gerard Michael Forrest (DOB 18.08.1968) of Prince Regent Mews, London, was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Stephen Hancock (DOB 05.03.1958) currently of HM Prison Service and formerly of Grove Farm, Kingsley Road, Cellarhead, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire, was sentenced to 5.5 years in prison.

Barbara Moran (DOB 03.08.1956)(Hancock's girlfriend) of Laurel Cottage, Scot Hay Road, Alsangers Bank, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

Shane Matthews (DOB 05.08.69) of Ironside Court, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent and formerly of 6 Partridge Close, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

In all they stole at least £50 Mn. from the taxpapyer by an elaborate VAT MITC fraud

The related Operation Shepherd, resulted in seven men being sent to prison for a total of 39 years for stealing £68 million.

In related Operation Emersed assets to the value of £6 million have been seized under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 - including 4.5 million in a related investigation (Operation Emersed). Confiscation Orders are being secured to reclaim this money for the public purse. These assets inlclude a helicopter, a yacht, two properties including Meaford Hall, Stoke. Performance vehicles - a Ducati, Aston Martin, Ferrari and two Bentleys, Rolex watches and diamonds.

Craig Johnson was the seventh member of the criminal gang to be jailed in connection with a £68 million VAT fraud. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to laundering £6.3 million from the proceeds of crime has been given a two year jail sentence at Birmingham Crown Court.

It is noticeable that recovery of cash and assets is negligible in relation to the size of the theft - total losses the the UK taxpapyer since these crimes commenced is not less than £8 Bn. pounds.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time was the current Prime Minister Mr Gordon Brown.

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