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Fraudulent Evasion of Duty Solicitors in London

Specialist London Solicitors in Fraudulent Evasion of Duty cases

At MFI Law Limited we have the expertise in representing clients charged with fraud offences. Our London Solicitors are available to represent clients at London Police Stations, Magistrates' and Crown Courts throughout the country.

The offence of fraudulent evasion of duty is governed by Section 170 of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 which states:

  1. If any person
    1. knowingly acquires possession of any of the following goods, that is to say—
      1. goods which have been unlawfully removed from a warehouse or Queen's warehouse;
      2. goods which are chargeable with a duty which has not been paid;
      3. goods with respect to the importation or exportation of which any prohibition or restriction is for the time being in force under or by virtue of any enactment; or
    2. is in any way knowingly concerned in carrying, removing, depositing, harbouring, keeping or concealing or in any manner dealing with any such goods,
    and does so with intent to defraud Her Majesty of any duty payable on the goods or to evade any such prohibition or restriction with respect to the goods he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and may be detained.
  2. Without prejudice to any other provision of the Customs and Excise Acts 1979, if any person is, in relation to any goods, in any way knowingly concerned in any fraudulent evasion or attempt at evasion—
    1. of any duty chargeable on the goods;
    2. of any prohibition or restriction for the time being in force with respect to the goods under or by virtue of any enactment; or
    3. of any provision of the Customs and Excise Acts 1979 applicable to the goods,
    he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and may be detained.

Fraudulent evasion of duty

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators prosecute cases where there has been a fraudulent evasion of duty by an individual or a group of individuals. This is a very serious offence and a conviction could result in a lengthy custodial sentence. It is important that you receive expert legal advice and representation at earliest opportunity.

Sentencing guidelines for fraudulent evasion of duty

Maximum Sentence: 7 years imprisonment

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