Tax Evasion

Treasury written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made by HM Revenue and Customs in initiating proceedings against those included in the 2012 and 2013 most wanted lists of tax fugitives; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary

HM Revenues Customs (HMRC) launched their most wanted list in August 2012. during the current coalition Government. 20 photographs were issued to the British press together with a brief outline of each case.

Following a re-launch in August 2013, when the list was expanded to 30 individuals, Malcolm McGowan was arrested at a public swimming pool, by officers of the Guardia Civil acting on the outstanding Spanish Arrest warrant. HMRC successfully extradited McGowan by ferry from Spain on 5 September 2013 and he is now in prison.

HMRC continues to work towards bringing all current HMRC fugitives (including those featured in the Most Wanted Campaign) before the UK Courts. HMRC uses all available systems and resources to locate and trace individuals. This includes working closely with HMRC's Overseas Liaison Officers, Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Organised Crime Agency, Interpol and International Partners.

HMRC continues to receive information concerning Fugitives from the Most Wanted campaign, both from the UK and from overseas. This information is analysed with the aim of supporting further arrests and successful extraditions from both the European Union and elsewhere.

A breakdown on progress on the 32 cases featured in HMRC's Most Wanted Campaign is as follows:

  Comments Number
Proceedings started 8
Arrests/Conviction John Nugent Anthony Judge Malcolm McGowan 3
Proceedings not yet possible due to lack of extradition treaty European Arrest Warrants (EAWs) in place for two individuals who may travel 6
Proceedings not yet possible as host country does not extradite for the Tax Offence Considering EAW in one case 2
Proceedings not yet possible, as Fugitive not located 11
Awaiting Legal Decision Currently with Crown Prosecution Service 2

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.