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Guy Simpson jailed for not paying proper import tax

June 19, 2010
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

Former chief executive of a football club, Southern League Premier Division side Halesowen Town, was proved guilty in a tax fraud case. Guy Simpson has been jailed for a term of five and half years. The claim against him was that he did not pay taxes for importing cigarettes worth £4.5m.

Guy Simpson (52), of Heath Charnock was charged for smuggling fake Regal cigarettes in December, 2008. He tried to bring in the cigarettes via Southampton port. He was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on 15th, June.

While announcing the sentence, Judge Peter Ralls said that Simpson was deeply involved in the tax fraud case. When the police force completed the research work, it was observed that Simpson was in debt of around £900,000 during the time of the offence. Cigarettes were smuggled from China and they were filled in two large sized containers.

Customs said that this was one of the largest tax fraud cases ever uncovered in Southampton. The huge quantities of cigarettes were seized by government officials and burnt at a power station.

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