BREAKING NEWS: Men arrested in Tyrone over £4m VAT and money laundering probe

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Two men have been arrested at addresses in Tyrone as part of an investigation as part of an investigation into a suspected £4 million VAT and money laundering fraud linked to the transport industry.

Customs and Revenue officers searched four addresses yesterday in Tyrone and Down, as well as eight addresses across Cambridgeshire, Surrey, Essex and Yorkshire.

Officers from the PSNI, Cambridgeshire Police and Surrey Police assisted in the operation.

The men arrested in Tyrone were aged 25 and 31.

Stuart Taylor, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:

“This action sends a firm message to anyone involved in or considering fraud against HMRC. We treat this crime very seriously and will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of stealing money from vital public services.

“Anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax fraud can contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

The ten people were questioned by HMRC and have been released on bail. Computers, mobile phones and paperwork, as well as cash, were seized as part of the operation and investigations are ongoing.