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1.25 million pound fraud in York


6:57am 18th July 2011
(Updated 7:05am 18th July 2011)

Nine men have been charged in connection with a £1.25m fraud at the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in York.

Following a joint investigation by North Yorkshire Police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), seven men have been charged with conspiracy to money launder the proceeds of a £1.25 million theft from DEFRA.

The theft occurred in March 2010. Two of the seven have also been charged with conspiracy to steal the monies from DEFRA.

Six of the seven charged in relation to the DEFRA theft, along with two other men, have been further charged with Conspiracy to cheat the Revenue. This relates to an alleged £250,000 VAT fraud perpetrated on the Revenue between January to April 2010. Three of the eight men charged have also been charged with conspiracy to money launder in relation to this matter.

To clarify, the VAT fraud is in addition to the £1.25m DEFRA fraud.
All nine men involved have been released on bail to appear at York Magistrates' Court on 12th August 2011.

The defendants are not employees of DEFRA.

The fraud relates to the diversion of electronic payments intended for legitimate DEFRA service providers.

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