The £765m tax fugitives
THESE are Britain’s 20 most-wanted tax cheats — pictured today in an unprecedented rogues gallery.
HM Revenue and Customs released the FBI-style list of fugitives who have fleeced taxpayers out of more than £765MILLION and called on hard-working Brits to help find them.
The crooks all went on the run after being charged or during their trial.
Worst offender is smuggler Hussain Asad Chohan, thought to have fled to Dubai after a £200million fraud.
He was tried in his absence in Birmingham and given 11 years.
Number two on the list is £156million VAT fraudster Nasser Ahmed.
He was sentenced at Bristol in his absence to six years and is believed hiding in Pakistan or Dubai.
Each is accused of fleeing the country while owing the Government millions of pounds.
It is the first time such a list has been published, as the Revenue bids to crack-down on tax cheats.
Exchequer secretary David Gauke, said: “The government is absolutely committed to tackling tax evasion and fraud.
“These criminals have collectively cost the taxpayer over £765m and HMRC will pursue them relentlessly.
“We hope that publishing their pictures in this way will enable members of the public to contribute to the effort to catch them.”
The photos have been published on HMRC’s flickr channel.
The 19 men and one woman include those who have been found guilty in their absence of crimes such as fraud, money laundering and smuggling.
Some of the alleged cheats are those who face a warrant for their arrest, but have yet to stand trial.