Cigarette fraudster ordered to pay up

Cigarette fraudster ordered to pay up

A man from Newtownabbey has been ordered to pay £85k or face further jail time after he was found guilty tax evasion on over 300,000 smuggled cigarettes.

Ashok Kumar, 60, from Mountainvale Crescent was handed a three year sentence last month, of which he must serve 18 months in jail.

He was convicted after customs officials seized of 310,00 cigarettes, on which £64,000 of excise duty and VAT hadn't been paid.

At a court on Monday he was ordered to pay £85,000 within six months or a further 22 months will be added onto his jail term and he will still owe the money.

John Whiting, Assistant Director Criminal Investigation at HMRC, said: "Any profit derived from this fraud was used to line Kumar's pockets and he went to jail for his crimes, but our action does not stop there.

"We will continue to look for the profits of illegal smuggling activity and take action to see those proceeds forfeited.

"Anyone with information about tobacco smuggling should call the Customs' Hotline on 0800 59 5000."


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