TWO fraudsters from the borough who evaded VAT on imported goods, one on garlic and the other on gold, are on a list of the top tax criminals of 2012.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) released details of 32 of last year’s most prolific tax dodgers, who eventually felt the full force of the law and were sentenced to serve a total of more than 150 years in jail for their crimes.
It is part of a campaign to deter offenders. Included is Murugasan Natarajan, of West Drayton Park Avenue, West Drayton, who avoided £2million by importing garlic, which is subject to duty, but declaring it as ginger, which is not subject to VAT.
Natarajan, 57, did not show up for his trial at the Old Bailey in December but was convicted and sentenced to six years. He is still on the run.
So-called ‘24-carat criminal’ Chaudray Ali (pictured), 50, avoided £7m in VAT by employing a courier to take gold he had bought in Dubai to Germany.
They swapped suitcases at Frankfurt airport and then Ali brought the gold back to the UK, making it appear it had been bought in the EU and therefore exempt from VAT.
Ali, of Copperfield Avenue, Hillingdon, was sentenced to nine years in jail at Kingston Crown Court last month.
MP David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: “We hope that publishing these pictures will help get across that it always makes sense to declare all your income, and that tax dodgers are simply storing up trouble for the future.”