Garlic smug­gler goes on the run

Tax fugi­tive owes £2m cus­toms duty

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

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 at­port­ingfraud/on­line.

n WANTED: Mu­ru­gasan Natara­jan

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