Gang's £2.3m scam highlighted by taxman

Daily Echo: Lyubomyr Sytaiylo Lyubomyr Sytaiylo

A SOUTHAMPTON-based gang who attempted to fleece the taxpayer out of £2.3m were among almost 700 tax cheats who were successfully prosecuted across the country this year, it was revealed today.

The frauds featured in the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) top five tax cheat convictions of 2013 after the gang members were sentenced to 22 years in prison.

As reported by the Daily Echo, the gang managed to get away with almost £560,000 before they were caught.

Their scam involved stealing the identities of 3,000 people after setting up a “fraud factory” using scores of revenue and customs documents in different names.

The four men played different roles in the fraud against HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by submitting false self assessment tax repayment claims using stolen and hijacked identities.

The gang stole the identities of people who answered their classified adverts offering the possibility of work, and also created identities based on contact details found in other classified notices.

Those whose identities were hijacked were mainly Polish people living in the UK.

One of the gang, Lyubomyr Sytaiylo, had been a tax agent who lived in Sandbanks – one of Britain’s most exclusive areas.

Southampton Crown Court heard how the true extent of the fraud and the number of identities stolen may never be known but it is estimated that the gang carried out at least 1,300 separate attacks on HMRC, the type and nature of which had never before been seen by the institution.

Sytaiylo, 39, from London, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for conspiring to cheat the Revenue. Ruslanas Bobrovas, 37, of The Birches, Southampton, was jailed for six-and-a-half years after admitting the cheating charge.

Besik Zveiba, 42, of Kent Street, Southampton was convicted of conspiring to cheat HMRC and jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Kardo Anderson, 26, of Mansel Road East, Millbrook, was convicted of conspiring to cheat HMRC and pleaded guilty to possessing a false identity document with intent and possessing bank cards in connection with fraud. He was given a four-year term.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said: “The Government is determined to make sure people pay the tax they owe and HMRC will come down hard on those who try to cheat the system.

“Honest taxpayers will be pleased that these fraudsters are now paying for their crimes.

“We have invested nearly £1 billion in HMRC to tackle those who fail to play by the rules, and today’s figures clearly demonstrate that investment is paying off.”

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7:16am Wed 1 Jan 14

exsotonian06 says...

This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS!
This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS! exsotonian06

7:30am Wed 1 Jan 14

issacchunt says...

exsotonian06 wrote:
This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS!
Sadly it is mainly the criminal element that can just upsticks and move countrys, the decent majority have laid roots and plan for the future like family and property.

coming here and living out of a suitcase, then when it all kicks off they pack up and move away. Easy. There will be a point where Germany France and the UK say enough is enough but this will not happen until groups like UKIP start taking the main parties cushy numbers. Then they'll take notice.
[quote][p][bold]exsotonian06[/bold] wrote: This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS![/p][/quote]Sadly it is mainly the criminal element that can just upsticks and move countrys, the decent majority have laid roots and plan for the future like family and property. coming here and living out of a suitcase, then when it all kicks off they pack up and move away. Easy. There will be a point where Germany France and the UK say enough is enough but this will not happen until groups like UKIP start taking the main parties cushy numbers. Then they'll take notice. issacchunt

9:38am Wed 1 Jan 14

Matt Probert says...

Silly fools. They should have bribed the HMRC then they would have got away with it, like Starbucks, Google, Dell, Microsoft and the like who fleeced us tax payers out of BILLIONS of pounds last year. Its only the smaller businesses and poor individuals who pay tax.
Silly fools. They should have bribed the HMRC then they would have got away with it, like Starbucks, Google, Dell, Microsoft and the like who fleeced us tax payers out of BILLIONS of pounds last year. Its only the smaller businesses and poor individuals who pay tax. Matt Probert

11:46am Wed 1 Jan 14

massimoosti says...

Good god - The DE have mentioned their polish.

Glad someone in Nurslings grown a pair for 2014.
Good god - The DE have mentioned their polish. Glad someone in Nurslings grown a pair for 2014. massimoosti

12:12pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Inform Al says...

massimoosti wrote:
Good god - The DE have mentioned their polish.

Glad someone in Nurslings grown a pair for 2014.
Actually although going by their names they are of Eastern European origin, the article does say they stole identities from Polish job seekers.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Good god - The DE have mentioned their polish. Glad someone in Nurslings grown a pair for 2014.[/p][/quote]Actually although going by their names they are of Eastern European origin, the article does say they stole identities from Polish job seekers. Inform Al

5:30pm Wed 1 Jan 14

southy says...

issacchunt wrote:
exsotonian06 wrote:
This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS!
Sadly it is mainly the criminal element that can just upsticks and move countrys, the decent majority have laid roots and plan for the future like family and property.

coming here and living out of a suitcase, then when it all kicks off they pack up and move away. Easy. There will be a point where Germany France and the UK say enough is enough but this will not happen until groups like UKIP start taking the main parties cushy numbers. Then they'll take notice.
UKIP will look after those who are very wealthy and powerful, they will go the same way as the others as UKIP has members that go to the Bilderberg meetings, they have close ties with the Tory party in the manifest the same as Labour and Lib/Dems do all so, UKIP lied to the public by saying they do not have a whip which came out after saying it that they do have a party whip, they also lied about not having any present or ex BNP or any other extreme right wing members standing in any elections, when there own member who stood in a Kent by-election was a an member in the NF and ex member to BNP.
UKIP are a party that will take the cushy numbers, there,s only the TUSC that will stop the the Politicians cushy numbers, they are the only one's willing to stop all expenses and replace it with nothing, they are the only ones that will cut MP's and Lords wages in half, they are the only ones that will put back the finance restrictions that Thatcher removed that allows the £'s to leave the country and not come back or being used to finance industary in this country.
Both UKIP and TUSC offer an EU referendum, but for different reasons, UKIP is using the lie of immigration as the problem that,s not the problem, the problem is we are not allowed to have a say on the EU treaty,s that are force on us and only benefit the wealthy.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]exsotonian06[/bold] wrote: This is exactly why they should be vetted before they are allowed to live in our country - instead we let any people in, RIDICULOUS![/p][/quote]Sadly it is mainly the criminal element that can just upsticks and move countrys, the decent majority have laid roots and plan for the future like family and property. coming here and living out of a suitcase, then when it all kicks off they pack up and move away. Easy. There will be a point where Germany France and the UK say enough is enough but this will not happen until groups like UKIP start taking the main parties cushy numbers. Then they'll take notice.[/p][/quote]UKIP will look after those who are very wealthy and powerful, they will go the same way as the others as UKIP has members that go to the Bilderberg meetings, they have close ties with the Tory party in the manifest the same as Labour and Lib/Dems do all so, UKIP lied to the public by saying they do not have a whip which came out after saying it that they do have a party whip, they also lied about not having any present or ex BNP or any other extreme right wing members standing in any elections, when there own member who stood in a Kent by-election was a an member in the NF and ex member to BNP. UKIP are a party that will take the cushy numbers, there,s only the TUSC that will stop the the Politicians cushy numbers, they are the only one's willing to stop all expenses and replace it with nothing, they are the only ones that will cut MP's and Lords wages in half, they are the only ones that will put back the finance restrictions that Thatcher removed that allows the £'s to leave the country and not come back or being used to finance industary in this country. Both UKIP and TUSC offer an EU referendum, but for different reasons, UKIP is using the lie of immigration as the problem that,s not the problem, the problem is we are not allowed to have a say on the EU treaty,s that are force on us and only benefit the wealthy. southy

5:34pm Wed 1 Jan 14

southy says...

700 cases of tax evasion all the small guys in this area, tax avoidance is the biggest money lost to this country that,s gone well over £120 billion this year so far, last year it pass £180 billion and nothing will be done about them by any right wing party they are part of the one in the same, we have a PM who as millions stash away in a tax free banking, who don't pay any tax on the interest it makes just sitting in a bank doing nothing.
700 cases of tax evasion all the small guys in this area, tax avoidance is the biggest money lost to this country that,s gone well over £120 billion this year so far, last year it pass £180 billion and nothing will be done about them by any right wing party they are part of the one in the same, we have a PM who as millions stash away in a tax free banking, who don't pay any tax on the interest it makes just sitting in a bank doing nothing. southy

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