Garlic smuggler goes on the run
Tax fugitive owes £2m customs duty
AGARLIC smuggler is causing a stink as one of Britain’s ‘ most wanted’ tax fugitives after going on the run.
Murugasan Natarajan, 59, of West Drayton, evaded around £2million in customs duty while bringing Chinese garlic into the country.
He claimed he was importing ginger, but customs officers found more than 7,000kg of garlic.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs ( HMRC) investigators later checked shipping records and discovered that imports of garlic had stopped but importations of fresh ginger – which are free of duty – had increased fivefold.
In December 2012, Natarajan was convicted in his absence at The Old Bailey and sentenced to six years in jail.
Last week, HMRC named its most wanted individuals while also announcing that five of the UK’s top tax fugitives have been brought back to the UK to face justice.
Call 0800 788 887 or email via the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk/reportingfraud/online.
n WANTED: Murugasan Natarajan