Married couple arrested for defrauding others of over $400,000.

Neeraj Kohli and his wife Shweta Kohli allegedly took money from unsuspecting victims through a number of scams. In some cases, they threatened that their victims would be arrested if they failed to surrender cash for tax payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). An investigation into the pair began in early 2016 when [...]

27 years in prison for family who stole £46 million ($62 million) in VAT payments.

Geoffrey Copp was owner and director of Central Payroll Specialists, later known as Quality Premier Services. These companies were umbrella payroll organizations and were used by recruitment agencies to manage the wages of thousands of temporary workers, of which most were EU migrants. Customers were charged 20% extra for VAT that was supposed to [...]

SARS VAT fraud—three men sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Garth Coetser, Anton Meyer, and Clifford Stevens swindled the South African Revenue Service (SARS) out of almost 300 million rand, through VAT refund claims. The VAT fraud‚ along with further criminal activity‚ was conducted under the pretext of electronic equipment being imported from the US, and subsequently exported. The men used this method in [...]

Family busted for 59 million rand VAT fraud.

Norman Delport, his wife Johanna, are both trustees of the Delport Family Trust and the Eden Rock Trust. Both trusts are VAT-registered for farming purposes. Between 2011 and 2014, the family trust allegedly inflated VAT claims by 15 million rand. Meanwhile, between 2011 and 2015, Eden Rock is said to have unlawfully claimed 21 [...]

College lecturer and lay preacher jailed for £51 million VAT scam.

Malcolm Edwards-Sayer is a lay preacher and college lecturer who created a network of fake businesses to obtain fraudulent tax payments. He was caught when he purchased a meaningless lordship, and used his new title to establish offshore bank accounts. Edwards-Sayer pretended that he imported high-value goods such as mobile devices, and subsequently sold [...]