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Tax fraud: 3 Indians in Britain’s most wanted

world Updated: Aug 10, 2013 00:32 IST

Three of Britain’s 30 most wanted frauds and tax evaders are of Indian-origin who have cost commoners nearly £10 million.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published an updated gallery, 2013 Most Wanted, which includes Sumir Soni, Anish Anand and Sahil Jain. All three are in their 30s and have warrants issued in their name.

Soni, a British citizen from the Yorkshire region, is wanted in connection with evading duty of £3.6 million from illegal sale and distribution of alcohol and importing nine million cigarettes illegally in 2007 and 2008. He failed to appear at Manchester Crown Court in January 2010 and is believed to be hiding in Kenya at present.

Anand, a non-resident Indian, failed to appear at Croydon Crown Court in April 2013 in relation to 6 million pounds VAT and film tax credit fraud. He was sentenced to seven years in jail in July 2013. According to HMRC records, he was director of a number of companies involved in fraud and is believed to be somewhere in the UK at present.

Jain, also an Indian citizen, is believed to be in Britain since his arrest warrant was issued in June 8, 2012 in connection with VAT fraud of about £328,000.