The UK Border Force and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have responsibility for supervising the importation and exportation of goods into the UK, with powers of seizure and forfeiture available when there are suspicions that duty on goods has not been properly paid.
If you have been accused of duty evasion or diversion fraud, the Criminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith can help. Our solicitors have the required skills, knowledge and determination to ruthlessly develop a top-level strategy on your behalf, and will work tirelessly on your behalf to resist any charges.
Duty evasion occurs when goods are imported into the UK without paying the required taxes that are due on these products. Most commonly, these cases involve the importation of alcohol and tobacco products, but may also include counterfeit goods or managed drugs. Diversion fraud involves goods being illegally diverted into the UK when they are destined for another country. Enquiries into this type of fraud will often focus on those involved throughout the importation chain, including the owners of the goods, professional agents, storage facility operators, hauliers and drivers. Prosecutions can be detailed and complex, involving lengthy investigations and large numbers of defendants and witnesses. Wilford Smith’s Fraud Solicitors have a proven track record of successfully defending clients of all types in relation to duty evasion and diversion fraud.
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