Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

Customs officers swoop on Somerset premises in suspected £3million fuel fraud probe

First published in News

A TOTAL of nine people were arrested yesterday (Wednesday, July 23) for their involvement in a suspected £3million fuel fraud after officers swooped on a number of premises, including in Somerset.

Seven men and two women across southern England were taken in for questioning by HM Revenue and Customs officers and later released on bail pending further enquiries.

Around 170 HMRC officers, assisted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Sussex and Hampshire Police, searched 12 residential premises, five business premises and two petrol stations in East and West Sussex, Kent, Essex, Hampshire and Somerset.

HMRC has declined to give the exact locations of any of the premises.

The ongoing investigation centres on the suspected illegal purchase and sale of rebated kerosene and biofuel to motorists as duty-paid road diesel.

It is believed the fraud is worth an estimated £3million in unpaid excise duty and VAT.

David Margree, HMRC’s assistant director, criminal investigation, said: “Motorists need to be aware that using illicit fuel can damage and destroy vehicle engines, has a detrimental effect on legitimate fuel traders and deprives the government of money used to fund public services.

“Anyone with information about fuel fraud or people involved in the sale, storage or distribution of illicit fuel can contact the Customs hotline on 0800-595000.”

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7:05pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Taunton Fox says...

SO, WE'RE NOT TELLING YOU THE EXACT LOCATIONS BUT.......don't buy any because it could harm your vehicle! .....There's a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza......you couldn't make it up could you!
SO, WE'RE NOT TELLING YOU THE EXACT LOCATIONS BUT.......don't buy any because it could harm your vehicle! .....There's a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza......you couldn't make it up could you! Taunton Fox
  • Score: 10

7:36am Fri 25 Jul 14

Dr Dave says...

To be honest, you'd know you were buying dodgy fuel as you'd have to be filling up at a premises off the beaten track (I'd guess) plus you'd be paying substantially less for it - so the buyers are as guilty as the producers in my opinion!
To be honest, you'd know you were buying dodgy fuel as you'd have to be filling up at a premises off the beaten track (I'd guess) plus you'd be paying substantially less for it - so the buyers are as guilty as the producers in my opinion! Dr Dave
  • Score: -1

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