Twins stole £450,000 in huge bo­gus char­ity con Brothers jailed for 10 years af­ter fraud­u­lent Gift Aid racket

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Court Re­porter

APAIR of iden­ti­cal twins have been jailed for a cyn­i­cal £450,000 char­ity con in which they set up bo­gus char­i­ties to steal hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds in Gift Aid re­pay­ments.

Ar­fan and Im­ran Ali, both 30, and of In­ver­clyde Road, Handsworth Wood, have been jailed for nearly ten years in to­tal.

They claimed they were trus­tees of char­i­ties pro­vid­ing clean wa­ter to Third World coun­tries.

But an HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms in­ves­ti­ga­tion found they used aliases to set up the char­i­ties with the sole aim of com­mit­ting fraud.

In fact, the pair failed to pro­vide any ser­vices or raise any money for the good causes they claimed to be sup­port­ing.

They sub­mit­ted claims for Gift Aid re­pay­ments based on bo­gus do­na­tions between May 2009 and Au­gust 2012.

And they also hi­jacked the de­tails of a le­git­i­mate char­ity in or­der to sub­mit even more fraud­u­lent Gift Aid claims.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered the amount falsely claimed would have re­quired £1.2 mil­lion in le­git­i­mate do­na­tions.

But the char­i­ties’ bank ac­counts showed that nowhere near those amounts had been de­posited.

The brothers with­drew cash for them­selves, or trans­ferred it to the bank ac­counts of their busi­nesses, which in­cluded cater­ing com­pa­nies and a con­ve­nience store.

When they came to court, cashed in on their sim­i­lar­ity, blam­ing the other.

Im­ran Ali was con­victed of con­spir­acy to cheat the pub­lic rev­enue they each af­ter trial in July last tenced to five years.

Twin brother Ar­fan failed to turn up to court but was ar­rested by HMRC of­fi­cers in Oc­to­ber.

Both brothers are now be­hind bars af­ter Ar­fan was con­victed of con­spir­acy to cheat the pub­lic rev­enue fol­low­ing a trial at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court.

On Mon­day, he was sen­tenced to four years and eight months im­pris- year, and sen- on­ment. Con­fis­ca­tion pro­ceed­ings to re­cover the pro­ceeds of their crime will fol­low.

Fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they had been shocked by the cyn­i­cal char­ity scam.

“It’s shock­ing to see the depth of cyn­i­cism to which these two sank to steal money,” said Paul Fisher, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor, Fraud In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice, HMRC.

“They twisted and abused a way of help­ing good causes. They set up bo­gus char­i­ties as a front to com­mit fraud.

“The brothers knew what they were do­ing was ut­terly wrong but didn’t care. Tax fraud takes fund­ing from the pub­lic ser­vices we all rely on. It af­fects us all.

“I would ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion about peo­ple who may be in­volved to con­tact our fraud hot­line on 0800 788 887.”

> Im­ran and Ar­fan Ali claimed they were trus­tees of char­i­ties pro­vid­ing clean wa­ter to Third World coun­tries

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