Fuel fraudster faces charges of more than £133,000
A fraudster, who was jailed after conning people with hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal diesel, has been ordered to repay £133,660 in stolen taxes.
He defrauded them via his fuel station, where he sold hundreds of thousands of litres of illegal fuel, which hadn't had excise duty paid on it, to unsuspecting customers.
Nawaz Jan Virmani, 54, of Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, was jailed for 16 months back in February 2016, pleading guilty to one count of being knowingly involved in the fraudulent evasion of excise duty.
He now faces a further 15 months in jail if he fails to pay the six-figure sum of taxes owed to the government within the next three months.
The amount owed is also the current value of his assets, which broken down include the freehold to a house in Blackburn, a 50 per cent share in Shadsworth service station, 150 shares in Rolls-Royce, a two per cent share in Jans Conference Centre in Blackburn and a personal pension valued at £40,000.
The court ruled that Virmani benefited £247,590 from his fraudulent fuel. Virmani pleaded guilty to falsifying invoices and evaded more than £198,237 worth of tax.
Debbie Porter, assistant director of the Fraud Investigation Service at HMRC, said:
"Virmani was jailed for a serious tax fraud and now he has been stripped of everything he has.
"He is paying the price for trading illegally. We are committed to creating a level playing field for all businesses and stop criminals from undermining the UK economy."
An HMRC invoice discovered that Virmani had fake invoices for a staggering 212,450 litres worth of fuel and no legitimate paperwork at all for an additional 126,791 litres.
Porter added: "HMRC is determined to recover money stolen from UK taxpayers. Public funds are crucially important so if you suspect someone of tax fraud report it on 0800 788 887 and help us."