Tobacco seized in £500k tax evasion investigation in Southampton

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An HMRC investigator

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NEARLY three tonnes of tobacco was seized by officers investigating a £500,000 tax evasion.

HM Revenue and Customs have charged six people after the haul of hand rolling tobacco was seized from a house in Southampton.

HMRC say the estimated excise duty evaded is around £560,000.

The property was raided following an HMRC investigation alongside officers Sussex Police and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Tian Yang, 37, Shu Lan Lin, 41, Hua Wang, 37, Yun Wang, 30, Hui Xue, 24, and Jia Min Shi, 25, were charged on suspicion of the fraudulent evasion of excise duty at Southampton Central police station.

All six were arrested on Tuesday and they have since appeared at Southampton Magistrates' Court.

They have been remanded in custody until May 2.

A 33-year-old man from Maidstone, Kent, was arrested by Sussex Police officers on suspicion of money laundering.

The officers seized £6,900 in cash.

He was later released on bail until July 27 as enquiries continue.

A 35-year-old man from Somptin, West Sussex, was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and was released on bail until July 28 as enquiries continue.

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4:01pm Fri 11 Apr 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????
What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ????? SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: -2

4:39pm Fri 11 Apr 14

southampton999 says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????
Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!!
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????[/p][/quote]Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!! southampton999
  • Score: 8

9:00am Sat 12 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

southampton999 wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????
Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!!
You haven't the foggiest idea whether that's true any more than anyone else. If , statistically, smoking tends to premature death, which it does, the corollary is that statistically non-smokers may consume far more vastly expensive geriatric health care. It may be cheaper that someone dies at 61 shortly after cessation of work than at 92. I don't pay your tax on my cigars because I'd never buy them in rip-off Britain but I've covered your health care costs several times over by being a higher rate taxpayer and having been crucified by the Death Tax twice in 15 years.
Anyway I hope we've got some home grown entrepreneurs to take over the business from these public spirited Chinese merchants.
[quote][p][bold]southampton999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????[/p][/quote]Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!![/p][/quote]You haven't the foggiest idea whether that's true any more than anyone else. If , statistically, smoking tends to premature death, which it does, the corollary is that statistically non-smokers may consume far more vastly expensive geriatric health care. It may be cheaper that someone dies at 61 shortly after cessation of work than at 92. I don't pay your tax on my cigars because I'd never buy them in rip-off Britain but I've covered your health care costs several times over by being a higher rate taxpayer and having been crucified by the Death Tax twice in 15 years. Anyway I hope we've got some home grown entrepreneurs to take over the business from these public spirited Chinese merchants. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

9:36am Sat 12 Apr 14

skeptik says...

The level playing field we all voted for all those years ago - harmonization of all taxes in the then new world EEC. Promptly after this posted to Germany - it was very level across the continent - us poor old Brits forgot we had domestic politicians ready to screw up anything that got within a mile of success - we still do, and they still blame uncle Ton Cobley, the EU, global economy and all for getting us into a mess with regularity. Ever more schemes to save us paying taxes - yet we work more days now before we start earning for ourselves and we get less from the tax take - the money goes somewhere.
The level playing field we all voted for all those years ago - harmonization of all taxes in the then new world EEC. Promptly after this posted to Germany - it was very level across the continent - us poor old Brits forgot we had domestic politicians ready to screw up anything that got within a mile of success - we still do, and they still blame uncle Ton Cobley, the EU, global economy and all for getting us into a mess with regularity. Ever more schemes to save us paying taxes - yet we work more days now before we start earning for ourselves and we get less from the tax take - the money goes somewhere. skeptik
  • Score: 0

10:08am Sat 12 Apr 14

hulla baloo says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????
Conned by HMRC? Who forces you to smoke and buy cigarettes?
I would say you are a mug, for wasting money on a small fire many times a day.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????[/p][/quote]Conned by HMRC? Who forces you to smoke and buy cigarettes? I would say you are a mug, for wasting money on a small fire many times a day. hulla baloo
  • Score: -1

11:34am Sat 12 Apr 14

southampton999 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
southampton999 wrote:
SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????
Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!!
You haven't the foggiest idea whether that's true any more than anyone else. If , statistically, smoking tends to premature death, which it does, the corollary is that statistically non-smokers may consume far more vastly expensive geriatric health care. It may be cheaper that someone dies at 61 shortly after cessation of work than at 92. I don't pay your tax on my cigars because I'd never buy them in rip-off Britain but I've covered your health care costs several times over by being a higher rate taxpayer and having been crucified by the Death Tax twice in 15 years.
Anyway I hope we've got some home grown entrepreneurs to take over the business from these public spirited Chinese merchants.
Actually I pay for my own healthcare as I have paid for the past 25 years since I was 21.! But I get your point although disagree with it!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southampton999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: What a shame ! Bang goes cheap baccy , while we get conned by H.M. revenue . Who are the real criminals ?????[/p][/quote]Get conned by HMRC??!!!!!! the tax you pay doesn't even go close to paying for smokers treatment for all the nasty illnesses attributed to smoking. Smoking has absolutely zero positives healthwise. I fully support your right to smoke but don't moan about the tax you have to pay, because I will be subsidising your healthcare!!![/p][/quote]You haven't the foggiest idea whether that's true any more than anyone else. If , statistically, smoking tends to premature death, which it does, the corollary is that statistically non-smokers may consume far more vastly expensive geriatric health care. It may be cheaper that someone dies at 61 shortly after cessation of work than at 92. I don't pay your tax on my cigars because I'd never buy them in rip-off Britain but I've covered your health care costs several times over by being a higher rate taxpayer and having been crucified by the Death Tax twice in 15 years. Anyway I hope we've got some home grown entrepreneurs to take over the business from these public spirited Chinese merchants.[/p][/quote]Actually I pay for my own healthcare as I have paid for the past 25 years since I was 21.! But I get your point although disagree with it! southampton999
  • Score: 1

12:02pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Dai Rear says...

skeptik wrote:
The level playing field we all voted for all those years ago - harmonization of all taxes in the then new world EEC. Promptly after this posted to Germany - it was very level across the continent - us poor old Brits forgot we had domestic politicians ready to screw up anything that got within a mile of success - we still do, and they still blame uncle Ton Cobley, the EU, global economy and all for getting us into a mess with regularity. Ever more schemes to save us paying taxes - yet we work more days now before we start earning for ourselves and we get less from the tax take - the money goes somewhere.
Maria Miller and several hundred other little piggies with their snouts firmly in the trough come to mind. What's the betting she's an anti smoking fascist?
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The level playing field we all voted for all those years ago - harmonization of all taxes in the then new world EEC. Promptly after this posted to Germany - it was very level across the continent - us poor old Brits forgot we had domestic politicians ready to screw up anything that got within a mile of success - we still do, and they still blame uncle Ton Cobley, the EU, global economy and all for getting us into a mess with regularity. Ever more schemes to save us paying taxes - yet we work more days now before we start earning for ourselves and we get less from the tax take - the money goes somewhere.[/p][/quote]Maria Miller and several hundred other little piggies with their snouts firmly in the trough come to mind. What's the betting she's an anti smoking fascist? Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Inform Al says...

The only thing I can ever say in praise of Gordon Brown is that when fags went up to pay for his stupid waste of our money I was motivated to give up smoking just to p him off. Best thing he ever did for me.
The only thing I can ever say in praise of Gordon Brown is that when fags went up to pay for his stupid waste of our money I was motivated to give up smoking just to p him off. Best thing he ever did for me. Inform Al
  • Score: 2

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