a sophisticated organised criminal attack on the EU VAT system involving large scale, contrived and complex trading activity across and beyond the EU.
Gordon Miller, Deputy Director, HMRC Investigation, said:
"Organised criminals are attacking the tax system, with the aim of stealing huge amounts of revenue. The scale of the problem across Europe is unprecedented, and HMRC has significantly strengthened its response to this serious fraud. Today’s operation (Tuesday), the biggest ever undertaken by HMRC, is part of a large scale, international criminal investigation into frauds that may run to hundreds of millions of pounds. We are committed to tackling carousel fraud and to showing the criminals behind it, wherever they operate in the world, that there are no safe havens."
This ongoing investigation is being co-ordinated by HMRC in Scotland, in consultation with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
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