Blackburn trader to pay back £452,000 to taxman

Blackburn Citizen: Mohammed Shabir Karim Mohammed Shabir Karim

A PRECIOUS metal trader, who was part of a gang that conned the taxman out of £4.5million in VAT, has been ordered to pay back more than £450,000.

Mohammed Shabir Karim, of Billinge End Road, Blackburn, was jailed for seven years in 2012 after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the Inland Revenue following an eight-week trial.

The 42-year-old was charged alongside Imran Bhatti, of Brooklands Terrace, Kamran Bhatti, of Churchill Road, both Blackburn, and Raymond Bowden, of Barrington Road, Altrincham.

They were sent to prison for a total of 17 years after it emerged they had bought precious metal VAT-free, had it processed to reduce its purity, and then brought to the UK where it was sold to a legitimate customer in London with 17.5 per cent VAT added to the price.

Karim was ordered to pay back £452,015 within six months at a proceeds of crime act hearing at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday or serve a further three years and eight months in prison.

Speaking after the judgement, Adrian Farley, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC, said: “Mohammed Shabir Karim had no hesitation in cheating his way to a comfortable lifestyle by deliberately evading his tax responsibilities.

“Similarly, HMRC has no hesitation in pursuing Karim both for his crime and for the proceeds of that crime. This is a clear warning to anyone tempted to commit tax fraud, we will pursue you for your crimes, and then we will pursue you for your illicit gains.”

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11:15am Wed 5 Feb 14

ste220 says...

so pay back just ten percent of what he defrauded. who says crime doesnt pay.
so pay back just ten percent of what he defrauded. who says crime doesnt pay. ste220

11:28am Wed 5 Feb 14

drunken donut says...

Surprise, surprise.
Surprise, surprise. drunken donut

2:27pm Wed 5 Feb 14

workaholic says...

So he'll actually serve less than an extra 2 years inside for half a million quid!
Hands up anyone who would go to jail for less that 2 years to come home to £500,000 ???
So he'll actually serve less than an extra 2 years inside for half a million quid! Hands up anyone who would go to jail for less that 2 years to come home to £500,000 ??? workaholic

3:01pm Wed 5 Feb 14

johnley says...

he as yet to hand it over,
he as yet to hand it over, johnley

3:37pm Wed 5 Feb 14

adamdesk says...

what? FRAUDULENTLY GETTING £4.5 MILLION and pay back 10% wow others would try this aswell
what? FRAUDULENTLY GETTING £4.5 MILLION and pay back 10% wow others would try this aswell adamdesk

5:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

shirtbox2003 says...

just what the hell is going on. take his house and everything and leave him in jail till he pays up or someone does.the rotten cheat.
just what the hell is going on. take his house and everything and leave him in jail till he pays up or someone does.the rotten cheat. shirtbox2003

6:54pm Wed 5 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

ste220 wrote:
so pay back just ten percent of what he defrauded. who says crime doesnt pay.
l,m afraid your right on this perticular case and in deed on most others for the simple reason crime so often pays handsomely purely on the basis the deterrent is pityful and so therefore its easier to turn to crime knowing they are always playing catch up, certainly from the financial aspect ,
[quote][p][bold]ste220[/bold] wrote: so pay back just ten percent of what he defrauded. who says crime doesnt pay.[/p][/quote]l,m afraid your right on this perticular case and in deed on most others for the simple reason crime so often pays handsomely purely on the basis the deterrent is pityful and so therefore its easier to turn to crime knowing they are always playing catch up, certainly from the financial aspect , noddy57

8:22pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kenbro says...

How many are doing this and other dodges and getting away with it ?
This is probably the tip of the iceberg.
How many are doing this and other dodges and getting away with it ? This is probably the tip of the iceberg. kenbro

8:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

kenbro says...

I'm an ex businessman. The dumb thing is that these men could probably have made good money just doing it all legally. Just got greedy.
I'm an ex businessman. The dumb thing is that these men could probably have made good money just doing it all legally. Just got greedy. kenbro

10:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

adamdesk says...

ahha look happy because he got away with £4million

This surely would encourage other vat fraudsters
ahha look happy because he got away with £4million This surely would encourage other vat fraudsters adamdesk

4:42pm Thu 6 Feb 14

A Game of Blue & White Halves says...

kenbro wrote:
How many are doing this and other dodges and getting away with it ? This is probably the tip of the iceberg.
Don't know how many, but rest assured, Politicians are. Fittingly, a high ranking Politician with a vested interest in a company charged with the task of building 'workplaces' whereby the 'occupants' have little option but to move to work there - and wait for it - have to PAY a big sum for the 'privilege.'

Elsewhere, many of the companies given contracts for oil and weaponry etc., in war torn countries which we are all too aware of, are very dear to some influential politicians - all too often in positions of power - and/or their families.

Sadly, it's our Heroes who are sacrificed for this monetary gain for the few.

What better way to dupe the masses than one where they don't even sense the veil of deception.

The deception is complete when deviant methods are employed to shift the blame unto the already suffering victims. The victims duly vent their anger in an uprising, whereby, the politicians merely turn to the masses and say, "there, see, we told you they're nasty." Convincing is easy. After all, they have a way with words.

Coffee, wake up, smell and scapegoats spring to mind.

PS: and espionage - a word rarely uttered in the mainstream media
[quote][p][bold]kenbro[/bold] wrote: How many are doing this and other dodges and getting away with it ? This is probably the tip of the iceberg.[/p][/quote]Don't know how many, but rest assured, Politicians are. Fittingly, a high ranking Politician with a vested interest in a company charged with the task of building 'workplaces' whereby the 'occupants' have little option but to move to work there - and wait for it - have to PAY a big sum for the 'privilege.' Elsewhere, many of the companies given contracts for oil and weaponry etc., in war torn countries which we are all too aware of, are very dear to some influential politicians - all too often in positions of power - and/or their families. Sadly, it's our Heroes who are sacrificed for this monetary gain for the few. What better way to dupe the masses than one where they don't even sense the veil of deception. The deception is complete when deviant methods are employed to shift the blame unto the already suffering victims. The victims duly vent their anger in an uprising, whereby, the politicians merely turn to the masses and say, "there, see, we told you they're nasty." Convincing is easy. After all, they have a way with words. Coffee, wake up, smell and scapegoats spring to mind. PS: and espionage - a word rarely uttered in the mainstream media A Game of Blue & White Halves

4:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

ste220 says...

and that has what to do with tax evasion?
and that has what to do with tax evasion? ste220

7:26pm Thu 6 Feb 14

A Game of Blue & White Halves says...

ste220 wrote:
and that has what to do with tax evasion?
Although a good question, I was expanding on the question raised by re: other dodges.
[quote][p][bold]ste220[/bold] wrote: and that has what to do with tax evasion?[/p][/quote]Although a good question, I was expanding on the question raised by re: other dodges. A Game of Blue & White Halves

7:23pm Sat 8 Feb 14

zabby says...

Tip of the iceberg
Tip of the iceberg zabby

12:29pm Mon 10 Feb 14

oyoyoyoy says...

is every one dumb here he was part of a gang which which made this 4.5million there might have been maybe 5 or more people in it he and the other maybe got caught rest didn't,they the ones who got away not this poor bugger hes probably paying back more then he got
is every one dumb here he was part of a gang which which made this 4.5million there might have been maybe 5 or more people in it he and the other maybe got caught rest didn't,they the ones who got away not this poor bugger hes probably paying back more then he got oyoyoyoy

12:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

ste220 says...

poor bugger? i dont think so.
poor bugger? i dont think so. ste220

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