Gloucestershire in multi-million pound fraud case

19 September 2018, 12:15 | Updated: 19 September 2018, 15:06

HMRC investigator

HMRC officers have been searching businesses and homes in Gloucestershire as part of their nationwide investigation into a suspected multi-million pound fuel fraud.

Three men have been arrested and a fuel laundering plant was also dismantled as part of a UK wide operation by HM Revenue and Customs.

Simultaneous searches were carried out across the country last week.

Tracey Noon, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: "The illicit trade in laundered fuel is a serious crime and one we are determined to detect and disrupt.

"We remain alert to the often dangerous methods and efforts of criminals to remove the government markers from rebated fuel.

"Given that laundering plants have been found adjacent to homes and retail sites we would urge anyone with information about this dangerous activity to report it to HMRC online or contact our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887."