The crime of Fraud comes in many guises. Our specialist Fraud solicitors are experts in dealing with Fraud cases whatever form, value or complicity they may encompass. Fraudulent schemes are often particularly sophisticated and complex. If you have been accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme of any description, we recommend you seek legal advice from a Fraud expert at the earliest opportunity.
An example of a fraudulent scheme is “Carousel” Fraud which falls into the category of Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) Fraud. MTIC occurs where an organised group have developed a system designed to obtain VAT money fraudulently on goods sold between EU member states. The goods are initially imported from EU member states without paying VAT. These are then sold on, charging the buyer VAT. The organisation then disappears thus avoiding the payment of any duties.
Carousel fraud is a particular type of MTIC fraud, involving a series of transactions both inside and outside the EU, with the aim of obtaining VAT funds fraudulently. Fraudulent schemes such as MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud usually involve many individuals and entities, often involving millions of pounds in transactions.
The term ‘Carousel’ illustrates the pattern in such types of MTIC fraud, where the same goods revolve in and out the UK. In some cases, the goods do not actually exist. Typically, small but high-value goods which are targeted, for ease and profitability. The HMRC go to great lengths to investigate and prosecute alleged MTIC fraud and obtain powers to do so under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000).
It will come as no surprise given the complexity and criminal activity involved such a scheme that the penalties involved if you are convicted of MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud are extremely severe and in the most severe cases can involve decades of imprisonment.
If you have been accused of Carousel Fraud, we strongly recommend that you seek expert legal advice from our highly experienced Carousel Fraud solicitors without delay. Your defence will require meticulous preparation and evaluation of your business or businesses, your accounts and your paperwork, sometimes spanning a number of years.
In cases of MTIC/Carousel Fraud, the defence must show that they have acted honestly and that their records reflect actual transactions. Our expert MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud solicitors are well-versed in defending such cases, often involving large volumes of evidence, and will often employ experts such as Forensic Accountants to analyse data to assist our solicitors in developing a robust defence strategy. It is highly recommended you seek expert legal advice as soon as you are notified you are under investigation by the HMRC in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Our expert legal team at Harris Solicitors are well placed to deal with complex investigations and prosecutions relating to MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud and have a proven track record in defending those facing enquiries by HMRC and subsequent prosecutions. We have an expert team of MTIC/VAT Carousel Defence strategists, who will meticulously examine every detail of your case to produce the best defence available to our clients ensuring every individual part of the case against you is fully investigated, leaving no stone unturned.
In one VAT Fraud case defended by our Expert Fraud lawyers, allegations were brought against our client for their suspected involvement in a VAT repayment fraud scheme amounting to £2.2 million. The evidence in this case was served across 23,000 pages. Our team examined every inch of the evidence and prepared a robust defence, arguing that our client was not involved in the scheme. Our client was acquitted before a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.
Our wealth of experience in MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud combined with our excellent team work, attention to detail and unique approach to defending our clients has established Harris Solicitors as a strong leader in defending complex tax fraud cases. Our reputation for success in both national and international Fraud cases is down to our highly skilled Fraud team, who have the requisite technical knowledge and ability to achieve the best outcome for our clients.
Our MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud Lawyers garner their many years of combined experience to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. We are recognised for our expertise and we are strong competitors within the legal market, successfully representing clients both individuals and businesses in the largest prosecutions in England and Wales. We work very closely with experts on a national scale and instruct appropriate experts where necessary.
Our solicitors work together, sharing expertise and knowledge across our departments ensuring we have expert analysis and input for every detail of your case – we also work closely with our clients to ensure a personal and effective service at all times.
If you are concerned at all that you are the subject of an MTIC/VAT Carousel Fraud investigation by HMRC or indeed Fraud of any nature, don’t delay in seeking advice from our Fraud specialists. It costs nothing for an initial consultation and we are always happy to hear from you. Call our expert Fraud Team today.
If you are being investigated for fraud, our team can help you understand the situation and advise you on the best course of action. If you wish to proceed with our firm, we will represent you at every stage and work tirelessly to protect your interests and get the best possible result. We represent clients in Bradford, Yorkshire and the surrounding areas as well across the whole of England and Wales. We regularly represent clients in Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Rochdale, Bolton, Doncaster, Manchester, Bury, Blackburn, York and Harrogate.
Speak to one of our fraud law experts for advice. Please call us on 01274 392177 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back shortly. You can also contact us on 07872835267 or 07590289197 out with normal working hours. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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