UAE: not a sanctuary for tax fugitives

British tax fugitives, you have no place in the UAE, senior UK officials have warned. A high-level delegation from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK tax authority, gave a stern warning to British tax evaders who are in the UAE, plan to stay in the country or even just pass through its borders.

The delegation, headed by Simon York, director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, was in Dubai last week to meet UAE law enforcement partners in their fight against organised crime, tax evasion and other financial crimes.

The visit followed the July arrest of one of the UK’s most wanted tax dodgers, Geoffrey Johnson, 72, who was arrested at Dubai airport while travelling using a fake passport. Johnson was convicted of stealing £109 million (Dh532 million) from the public coffers and was caught after living a high life in Kenya for three years. He and his son, Gareth, who still remains at large, were involved in an 18-person gang that pocketed VAT money instead of giving them back to the national treasury.

Source Credit: Khaleej Times
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